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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Safety Measures For Highway 6

Bruce Peninsula | by Matt Hermiz  

Aircraft Enforcement Signs and pavement markers are going in.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has laid out plans to help make Highway 6 between Wiarton and Tobermory safer.

A letter sent to Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker from Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry says short- and long-term strategies are being developed to improve the safety of the stretch of highway.

Public meetings were held in late 2017 to discuss Highway 6 safety issues after a number of fatal crashes.

The letter from Minister McGarry says MTO staff have already been working with local OPP to install aircraft enforcement signs and pavement markings along the corridor, with both installed prior to the long weekend in May.

Ministry officials say new oversized speed limit signs, additional safety message signs and two portable variable message signs will be installed along Highway 6 between Wiarton and Tobermory within the next year.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is supportive of the MTO measures, saying anything that helps make the highway safer is progress.

"I really think it comes back to people have to be responsible and know that speed kills," Walker says. We all have our duty to try to be part of the solution."

"I've also been very strong in saying anybody who is caught speed racing, there should be absolute maximum penalties given," continues Walker. "They shouldn't get a second chance."

Other long-term options to help improve safety are being considered by the MTO as well, including:

1) Installing permanent changeable message signs
2) Adding additional signs with new safety messaging
3) Building centre line rumble strips
4) Constructing passing lanes
5) Creating a marshalling area for large vehicles exiting the Chi-Cheemaun ferry
6) Producing a Highway 6 safety video for passengers on the ferry

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