Ford Government invests in updated road safety

Published on July 13, 2021
[HURON-BRUCE] — Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced the upgrading of four end terminals...


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NEWS                                                               July 13, 2021

 
[HURON-BRUCE] – Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced the upgrading of four end terminals on Highway 9 has been completed, contributing to safer roads for local residents and maintaining Ontario’s position as having one of the safest road networks in North America.

Through Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) funding, these four steel beam energy attenuating terminal (SBEAT) systems will help protect motorists in the Kincardine and Ripley communities from hazards and reduce the severity of crashes in the event of a collision.

“Now more than ever it is fundamental to prioritize road safety, as the summer driving season begins, to keep motorists in our community safe,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “The upgrading of roadside safety infrastructure on Highway 9 near Bruce Side Road 10 created jobs and provided local economic stimulus. It also allows us to get our roads ready to welcome travelers back during and beyond the province reopening.”

The SBEAT systems comply with the most current crash test guidelines in North America, the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH 2016) which have been implemented by the MTO. These SBEATs are top of the line in road safety devices that offer world class safety performance to reduce the severity of vehicle collisions and save lives.

As Ontario prepares to enter Step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen, now is a critical time to prioritize the maintenance and modernization of road safety devices for the wellbeing of the driving public and road workers and to increase visibility of the provincial government’s efforts to support Huron-Bruce region’s economic growth.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Ontario is a leading road authority in North America in roadside safety
  • Older crash tested devices, such as the devices that have been removed and replaced on Highway 9 near Bruce Side Road 10, were tested back in 1993 using vehicles, data, and best practices from that time.
  • The devices that replaced the outdated system were crash tested to current safety guidelines (MASH 2016). Crash tests were conducted incorporating the current vehicle fleet, utilizing current crash data and in-service performance statistics
  • MTO approved road safety infrastructure that are currently being implemented onto the road network in Ontario today are among the safest in the world
  • Road safety infrastructure improvements are shovel ready projects that provide local economic stimulus, create safer communities, and help create more Ontario jobs. · To learn more about road safety infrastructure, Ontarians can visit ontarioroadsidesafety.com


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