2 + 1 Road Study advocates for Highways 17 and 11 

By Rosalind Russell – The Northern Policy Institute is making a case for more 2+1 roads in the region.   

The group has released a new study with author William Dunstan saying there are plenty of benefits to the system — which involves three lanes including a regular passing lane that changes direction and is separated by a barrier.    

Depending on traffic numbers, the institute says most two-lane highways in the north should be upgraded to the system with the most beneficial areas being Highway 17 from Mattawa to Sault Ste. Marie and Highway 11 from North Bay to just west of Hearst.   

In July the province awarded a contract for a 2+1 project, including a 14 kilometre stretch of Highway 11, just north of North Bay. 

Photo: The intersection of Highway 6 and 17. Photo – Moose file

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