‘Highway of carnage’ may face safety study

NEW HAMBURG, Ont. — Calls for safety improvements to Hwy. 7/8 have again been voiced, after yet another serious crash on the road dubbed the “highway of carnage.”

Statford Counc. Nick Giannakopoulos is calling on government to study the highway in search of safety improvements. This news comes after last week’s multi-truck accident that almost claimed the life of one driver.

Although there was talk of widening the route 20 years ago, little has been done to improve safety there.

“You start having to ask yourself the question of why they’re taking place,” Giannakopoulos told local media. “Whether it’s the nature of the road, the volume of traffic, the width of road, visibility.”

He suggests that turning lanes or a center divided be added to the well-travelled highway to cut down on the number of serious crashes there.

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