TORONTO, Ont. — Motorists frequenting Highway 401 in the Ingersoll area should be advised there will be possible delays and or complete blockages today.
Representatives of the Rural Revolution Protest group (a group of farmers and landowners protesting agricultural regulation) were to have started demonstrating at 8 a.m. today at the Putnam Road interchange (Interchange #208). A marked detour route, monitored by uniformed OPP officers was put in place to assist the motoring public during this time period.
Initially, only the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 will be affected, said OPP officials. But as demonstrators proceed eastbound towards the Culloden Road interchange (#216) westbound Highway 401 will continue to flow through the area. The protesters will continue towards Culloden Road and stop at the “off ramp” to re-group. They will then exit Highway 401, travel along Culloden Road and then re-enter onto Highway 401 westbound. During this time period both east and westbound 401 will be closed for a short time.
Once the eastbound lanes have been cleared of protest vehicles, those lanes will be re-opened when safe to do so. The protesters will continue along the closed westbound lanes, back to Putnam Road and exit. At this time westbound 401 will re-open.
At 8 a.m. eastbound traffic will be re-routed:
* North at Elgin Road (old Highway #73, interchange # 203) up to County Road # 2 (old Highway #2) * East along County Road 2 to County Road #6 * South on County Road #6, back to Highway 401 at interchange # 222.
When the westbound lanes are closed, the reverse route will be used with traffic being diverted off Highway 401 at County Road #6.
Motorists traveling the secondary roads within the Ingersoll, Putnam and Beachville areas should also be aware of possible delays due to increased volume of protester vehicles traveling to their staging sites.
The OPP will be monitoring area highways during this time period and are advising motorists to plan alternate routes in order to avoid delays on the 401 in this area.
Updates on the situation will be posted today at the Ontario Trucking Association Web site at www.ontruck.org
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