The District of Muskoka Council passed a resolution 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.
District Council voted unanimously on the motion, urging the province to move forward on the safety improvements by including them in 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.
The District of Muskoka resolution is the third resolution calling for government action. Also included:
On October 31, Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney committed to improving the safety of Highway 11.
“The Ministry will develop an implementation plan for the recommended improvements to ensure the safety of Hwy. 11. Our goal is to remove all the at-grade intersections and replace them with a combination of interchanges and crossover bridges,” Mulroney said.
The District’s resolution builds on the efforts by Safer Highway 11 Muskoka, a grassroots community group, that has launched a petition with the support of more than 500 residents and cottage associations calling on the provincial government to fund these improvements.