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Highway 17 delays expected at eastern limit of the city on Thursday

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Drivers planning to use Highway 17 east on Thursday afternoon can expect delays.

The Ontario Provincial Police advise that a "traffic slowdown" is planned between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Highway 17 and Highway 17B.

The OPP advise that Highway 17B will also be closed to through traffic at that time.

Following is a full release from the OPP:

On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 members from the Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the OPP Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) would like to advise the motoring public of a traffic slowdown at the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 17B between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. During this time Highway 17B will be closed to through traffic. Traffic slowdowns may be occurring on roadways and highways throughout Ontario as acts of protest or solidarity with events occurring in other locations.

The OPP's objective is to maintain the safe flow of traffic and, when delays occur, restore traffic flow in the safest manner possible. Members of the OPP, Batchewana First Nation Police, Anishinabek Police Service and Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will be assisting with traffic safety.

The travelling public is advised to possibly expect delays and are encouraged to exercise patience and safe driving habits. There are no traffic re-routes around this area. The motoring public is asked to refrain from contacting the OPP Communications Centre for Road Closure Information. Road Closure Information can be obtained by contacting the Ministry of Transportation at 1-800-268-4686.