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More northern highway closures (12:30 p.m. update)

Thursday, January 31, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

OPP ROAD ADVISORY

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12:30 p.m. update
 
OPP wish to advise that Hwy 129 between Chapleau and Thessalon is now open to traffic.
 
Hwy 101 has also reopened in all directions
 
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The Wawa Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is advising the motoring public that Highway 129 between Chapleau and Thessalon is closed due to freezing rain.
 
No detour is available and the estimated duration of the road closure is unknown.
 
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The Wawa Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is advising the motoring public that Highway 101 between Chapleau and Foleyet is closed due to freezing rain.
 
No detour is available and the estimated duration of the road closure is unknown.
 
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Please do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website for Traveller's Information such as Winter Road Conditions, Construction Reports, Road Closures, Traffic Reports, Traffic Cameras and Interactive Mapping.

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dawgg007 1/30/2013 11:23:58 PM Report

When are we going to learn that privatization does not work in our favour? I'll just bet no one is held accountable for this. I'm wondering if there are any consequences for Transfield if the standards are not met; like what we are seeing today. I can't recall any such incidences when the MTO maintained our roads.
I ask you, my fellow Ontarians, "Is this progress"? That's why it is so important to take these things into consideration when we vote. Is saving a couple of dollars on taxes worth a life? Is it worth the life of one of 'your' family members? Not mine.
dawgg007 1/31/2013 7:18:08 AM Report

I expect comments about how does this weather related closure have anything to do with inaction. The maintenance equipment are not dispatched soon enough and they don't need to go out until a certain criteria has been met, which those amounts are far more than when out MTO did a fine job. I do ask that your comments be in the spirit of our current state of present service levels.
Beej 1/31/2013 1:07:34 PM Report

There's no question that the new contractors leave things too long before acting, it really shows, anyone that was used to the old methods would notice that immediately.
Will it ever be changed back to the way it was?
Much like the new smelly city water, very unlikely.
muf 1/31/2013 1:19:30 PM Report

It`s up to the Ont. Gov`t to set the standards and it is still all about $$. The tighter the standards the more it will cost . So the Gov`t lightens up on how much snow is on the highways before contractor has to go out. Same goes for number of plows/sanders are at each yard.End result .....less $$ paid out.
The Mto should be the ones who patrol the highways and make the call as to when the equipment is required ,not the contractor.
To replace all of the equipment needed in Ontario would be out of this world dollar wise . To buy some pickup trucks and hire Qualified patrol personnel to patrol our highways should not be a problem .
mallet 1/31/2013 3:47:51 PM Report

This is one of the damned if you do damned if you don't situations. One area may get more snow than another and one would not necessarily meet the requirements of being plowed.. I had to go into town on tuesday this week and the highway from havilland to town was clear no snow ice or slush anywhere on the road, in spite of the snowfall we had sunday/monday. Sometimes there are equiptment damage or breakdowns that are unforeseen, which can have an impact on how fast a area can be attened too. And no I have no interest in the contractor in any way..
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