Bracebridge council has joined Huntsville in calling on the Provincial government to improve road safety on Hwy. 11 by replacing at-grade intersections between Huntsville and Bracebridge with overpasses and bridges.
Bracebridge council voted unanimously on the motion, urging the province to move forward on the safety improvements by including them in the 2020 budget and the Ministry of Transportation’s 5-year plan for infrastructure improvements.
According to information obtained by a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Transportation, there have been more than 950 accidents on the stretch of Hwy. 11 in the past 10 years – much more than originally understood.
The Ontario government studied safety conditions on the highway a decade ago. It found that closing seven at-grade intersections and replacing them with safer interchanges in two locations and bridges in others, would dramatically improving road safety.
The plans were approved by and Order-in-Council of the Provincial government, but construction never got underway.
The resolution builds on the efforts by Safer Highway 11 Muskoka, a grassroots community group, that has launched a petition with the support of several hundred residents and cottage associations calling on the provincial government to fund these improvements.