OTA continues to push that commercial vehicle activity should be a prime consideration in all Ontario infrastructure projects, from detail design, through construction. Having a modern and well maintained road and highway system is of the utmost importance not only to the trucking industry, but to the Ontario economy. For example, 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs are delivered by truck as is the lion’s share of Ontario’s trade with the United States. Simply put, without trucks the economy stops.
“Whenever projects are being considered, it is essential that adequate thought and preparation for commercial vehicle activity is included in the project’s plan” Said Jonathan Blackham, OTA’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs. “As a major user of Ontario’s infrastructure, we’ll continue to make sure commercial vehicle activity is a key consideration for Ministry officials along with their consultants and contractors” added Blackham.
Some of the projects OTA has recently submitted comments or briefing materials on include:
- Highway 427 expansion, detail design and construction
- Highway 6 (Hanlon Expressway)
- Highway 417 Bridge and Structural Culvert Rehabilitation/ Replacement, Highway 85/ Bridgeport Road Interchange
- Country Road 2/34 Underpass Replacement, Raisin River Bridge Replacements, and Finney Creek Culvert Rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation of 12 Bridges on Highways 402 and 401 in Middlesex County and the City of London
- Highway 417 Nicholas Street Underpass Replacement
If OTA members would like to provide any comments on planned infrastructure projects near them, please contact OTA Operations & Safety – firstname.lastname@example.org