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Amber Light Times

The City of Winnipeg currently has 671 signalized intersections. There are 561 signalized intersections on routes with 50 km/h or 60 km/hr speed limits, and 110 signalized intersections on high speed routes with 70 km/h or higher speed limits.

Since the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act does not specify the duration of traffic lights, the City of Winnipeg uses a combination of the technical research from national and international organizations, and engineering judgement applied appropriately with knowledge of local context, to calculate the traffic light duration values at signalized intersections.

In September 2020 the City started using a calculated amber light duration for high speed (70 km/h or higher) routes, where previously the duration of amber lights was a uniform value of 4.0 seconds for all intersections.

Amber light durations on 50 km/hr and 60 km/hr roadways will remain consistent with the 4 second durations used previously.

The calculated amber light times on 70 km/hr and 80 km/hr roadways are now based on the speed and the slope of the roadway. For a typical intersection on a 70 km/hr and 80 km/hr roadway, this results in an increase from 4.0 seconds, to 4.3 seconds and 4.7 seconds respectively. In some cases where the roadway has a longitudinal slope, the amber time is further adjusted to account for the added distance it takes for a vehicle to stop.

Signal Timing Review Program

In 2020 the City updated the 10-year traffic signal timing review program that identifies a review schedule for every signalized intersection in Winnipeg. The report identifies corridors and zones to be reviewed on a three- or four-year cycle.

Timing change updates

Each month the Traffic Signals Branch will highlight some of the timing changes that are made which are most likely to be noticed by citizens. Please contact 311 to provide feedback on any of these changes.

March 2021 traffic signal timing changes

Location Timing change details
Various Locations Citywide Temporary signal timing changes have been in place for Covid-19 Testing Sites. Timing changes will continue to be adjusted as these sites change and as Immunization Clinics open.
King Edward St & Logan Ave Signal timing changes for all times of day to improve traffic flow.
Euclid Ave & Main St Installed temporary construction timings for directional closure of Euclid St for construction.

February 2021 traffic signal timing changes

Location Timing change details
Grant Ave-Roblin Blvd Implemented signal timing changes along Grant Ave and Roblin Blvd between Park Blvd/Tuxedo Ave to Barker Blvd-Dale Blvd. Changes were made to pedestrian timing, cycle lengths, green duration and coordination.
Lagimodiere Blvd & Regent Ave Installed northbound advance warning flashers.

January 2021 traffic signal timing changes

Location Timing change details
Various Locations Citywide Several snow events caused poor road conditions. Multiple collisions occurred throughout the city. Traffic signal timings were adjusted in response to these events.
McPhillips St Added overnight plan to reduce side street wait times between 23:00 to 06:00 daily.
Inkster Blvd Implemented signal timing changes along Inkster Blvd east of Keewatin St up to and including Main St. Changes were made to pedestrian timing, cycle lengths, green duration and coordination.
Last update: March 29, 2021

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