Province Proceeds with Plan For 2+1 highway to Hwy 11 North

The Ontario government is taking another step forward to make roads safer and improve traffic flow in Northern Ontario, it announced today.

The province issued a request for proposals for a “2+1 highway pilot” on Highway 11 north of North Bay. A 2+1 highway is a three-lane highway with a centre passing lane that changes direction approximately every two to five kilometres. The highway model is used in other jurisdictions around the world and is considered more cost-efficient than twinning a highway.

“This first-of-its-kind highway pilot in North America will keep people and goods moving safely across Northern Ontario,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

“This is a key next step to get shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects that will support a strong transportation network and create jobs.”

The province will announce a bid to oversee the project in 2023.

“The 2+1 highway project is an important part of our government’s plan to build Ontario,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and MPP for Nipissing.

“This pilot project will help address the unique transportation needs of people and businesses in Northern Ontario that rely on our roads and highways to get where they need to go. Together, we’re strengthening the economy and growing the North”.

Two potential locations for the 2+1 highway pilot have been identified, with an environmental assessment between Sand Dam Road to Ellesmere Road on Hwy 11 near North Bay’s city limits, being prioritized.

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