Wildlife Detection System Installed Near Callande
McGuinty Government Improves Safety On Northern Highways
A newly installed detection system could significantly reduce the threat of vehicle collisions with large animals on a stretch of Highway 11 south of Callander.
Supported through the Northern Highways Program, a system is being installed that will use infrared light to detect wildlife movement on the highway travel lanes and shoulders. It will then activate a flashing yellow beacon alerting approaching drivers.
Work began recently with completion expected in June 2011. This project is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities in Northern Ontario.
- Fowler Construction of Bracebridge was awarded the $1.2-million contract. The project will include fencing and the use of monitoring cameras.
- A similar system was also installed last November north of Sault Ste. Marie. These two pilot projects will help determine if they should be installed in other parts of the province.
- Preliminary results from a similar system installed in Minnesota indicate a 50 to 60 per cent reduction in vehicle collisions with wildlife.
- The 2010-11 Ontario Budget committed $773 million to northern highway rehabilitation and expansion.
“We are delighted our region has been chosen for this pilot project. Safety initiatives such as this one will help to improve safety for residents and visitors travelling Highway 11.”
“Our record investment in the Northern Highways Program is paying dividends in improved, safer highways throughout Northern Ontario.”
“The safety of the driving public is paramount and we will continue developing effective strategies and systems that will make our roads safer.”