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Manitoba from the Air
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The Trans-Canada Highway East of Brandon

With the exception of a few kilometres west of Virden, the Trans-Canada Highway is now twinned right across Manitoba. The stretch shown here 1 is just east of Brandon where the highway runs along the township line between townships 10 and 11 (note the correction of about 4125 feet [1257 m] between the two townships 2). A few vehicles can be seen progressing west in the north lane 3 and east in the south lane 4. There are no more than 10 vehicles on this 2½-mile (4 km) stretch of highway. Outsiders often question the need for a twinned highway with so little traffic. The need is related more to safety than ease of traffic flow; head on collisions are common on undivided highways during the winter. A service road 5 leads to two farms 6 north of the highway and gravel roads lead south along section lines 7. The main CP line runs across the south 8 with a spur line leading off to the northwest 9—passing the small settlement of Chater, 10 now a Brandon bedroom community. A group of trailer homes near the centre 11 is protected by shelterbelts 12. The light-toned zone running across the centre 13 is the north bank of a former Assiniboine distributary.


Figure 18.27

The Trans-Canada Highway East of Brandon