SUDBURY, Ont. — Local Liberal MPP Rick Bartolucci is demanding the province four-lane the stretch of Hwy. 69 between here and Parry Sound, darkly nicknamed Death Road North.
After two serious traffic accidents on July 14 left two dead and nine people injured, Bartolucci says he intends to spend the rest of the summer lobbying labor, business, service groups and municipalities to adopt his resolution.
The list of supporters will then be presented to Transportation Minister Norm Sterling during the Ontario Legislature’s fall sitting.
“It is not my opinion that the road is dangerous: It is a fact,” Bartolucci says. “The numbers are chilling and speak volumes as to the dangerous nature of the road.”
Dr. Gary Bota, a former trauma director at the Sudbury Regional Hospital, is already onboard the campaign.
“Hwy. 69 is unforgiving and any mistake can lead to a death or major injury,” says Bota. “It is disturbing that this road is not built to the same standard as Hwy. 400.”
Bartolucci’s resolution calls on the province to immediately allocate funding to four-lane Hwy. 69 south between Sudbury and Parry Sound, and set start and completion dates for the project.
Construction estimates peg the cost of the project at $500 million.
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