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Ontario to test higher 110 km/h speed limits on stretches of northern highways

Ontario to set speed limits on six highway sections in southern Ontario at 110 km/h permanently

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The provincial government will launch a pilot project that will see a top speed of 110 km/hr on a 55-km stretch of Highway 400 between MacTier and Nobel, south of Sudbury.

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That section of road connects to Highway 69, which starts in Sudbury and heads south to Toronto.

The province will do the same with a 45-km length of Highway 11 from Emsdale to South River, south of North Bay.

Both sections now have a maximum speed of 100 km an hour.

At the same time, the maximum speed on six stretches of Ontario highway will be permanently set at 110 km/hr, Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney announced Tuesday. The minister said Ontario families and businesses will be able to get where they’re going more quickly and safely.

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“Each (highway) section has been carefully chosen based on several factors including the ability to accommodate higher speed limits,” Mulroney said Tuesday. “These changes will also align Ontario with six other jurisdictions across Canada that have already a speed limit of 110 km/hr and have for decades.”

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Asked if she would extend the initiative to all 400 series highways, Mulroney said the government would “explore” raising speed limits on other sections.

Maximum speed limits will be permanently raised to 110 km/hr on:

– the QEW between Hamilton and St. Catharines;

– Highway 402 between London and Sarnia;

– Highway 417 between Ottawa and the Ontario/Quebec Border;

– Highway 401 between Windsor and Tilbury;

– Highway 404 between Newmarket and Woodbine; and

– Highway 417 between Kanata and Arnprior.

“We chose these sections based on their infrastructure and their design as those sections that can best accommodate these increased speeds,” Mulroney said.

The decision to raise speed limits was also based on generally positive public feedback and experiences from the pilot projects, she said

The Ministry of Transportation will continue to monitor all sections of highways that have higher speed limits, she said.

Truck driver speed limits will not change, she said.