Ontario Government Announces Plan to Widen a Stretch of Highway 3

widening stretch of highway 3On Monday, June 12th, Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney announced that the Ontario government plans to finally widen a dangerous stretch of Highway 3. The stretch of highway extends from the Town of Essex to just west of Leamington. Construction work is expected to begin in 2021.

Many citizens approve of the expansion, including Greg Monforton, founder of Greg Monforton & Partners, a Windsor-based personal injury law firm. Monforton believes the highway’s widening is long overdue especially since accidents on this stretch of road are frequently caused by driver error.

The two-lane stretch of road when combined with high volumes of traffic can become inherently dangerous. One of the most recent incidents on the roadway was in June of 2019, when a motorist was critically injured following a hit-and-run crash between Victoria Avenue and County Road 8.

While the government is taking steps to move the project forward, including obtaining the land necessary to begin construction, Monforton thinks the government should start immediately for the safety of motorists on the road. The expansion, which should been done five to 10 years ago, is now a top priority. One of the only things that can be done now is to try to curb speeding in the area.

So far, the government has reached agreements with four land owners on the highway expansion and is expected to reach out to another dozen land owners.

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