SOUTH DUNDAS – A long-term plan for transportation in Eastern Ontario has been released by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation.
Identified as a “living document”, the released plan outlines 56 long term ministry priorities for Eastern Ontario. Considered a high-level plan, no time lines were attached to any of the priorities listed. Some of the items listed are already announced improvements replacing many of the Highway 401 interchange bridges between Belleville and the Quebec boundary.
The MTO plans to eventually widen Highway 401 through Brockville to six-to-eight lanes to address traffic and safety concerns. Plans also include continuing the highway widening through to the Quebec boundary.
More bilingual electronic signboards along Highways 401 and 417 will be added.
Specifically to SDG Counties and Cornwall, the province plans to increase transport parking at the Bainsville ONRoute service centre, and improve tourism promotion for incoming tourists from Quebec.
The plan does not address or add any new goals for improving highway safety for Highway 138 or the long-sought St. Andrews West bypass for the commuter route.
Inquires by The Leader to Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell’s office about more details for the riding were unanswered by publication deadline.
The transportation plan was developed by the ministry through consultation with stakeholders including via a public survey.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader