Ontario Pilot Program to Raise Highway Speed Limits

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In an attempt to potentially improve traffic flow on provincial highways, the Ontario government is launching three speed limit pilots on select highways in the province.

Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney announced today that starting on Thursday, September 26, the highway speed limit will change from 100 km/h to 110 km/h along the following three sections of highways:

  • Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from St. Catharines/Lincoln to Hamilton (32 km)
  • Highway 402 from London to Sarnia (90 km)
  • Highway 417 from Ottawa/Gloucester to Ontario/Quebec border (102 km)

According to the government report, these three pilot sites were chosen because they require minimal to no upgrades, have an average interchange spacing of 3km or greater, and can handle a 110 km/h speed limit.

"A pilot program like the one announced today is a measured approach and an ideal way to gradually explore the subject of raising speed limits and determine the impact on road safety," says Teresa Di Felice, Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Relations at CAA South Central Ontario.

"CAA looks forward to working with the Ministry of Transportation and other road safety partners during this pilot period."

The provincial government is also launching online consultations to obtain the public's feedback on the speed limit pilots via an online survey that can be completed here.

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