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Sunday June 28th, 2015

Posted at 6:00pm

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The OPP Traffic Unit says that they are prepared to patrol the 11 kilometer stretch of the Herb Gray Parkway.

The OPP will be responsible for traffic enforcement and investigating all accidents that occur on the parkway.

OPP remind the public that when the parkway is open for traffic there is still construction taking place and are asking that motorists are conscious of construction workers and vehicles.

OPP also want the drivers to familiarize themselves with the new highway, and to pay attention to the speed limits.

Westbound Highway 401 traffic between the existing Highway 401 and Huron Church Line will be in a three lane configuration, with the speed limit in this stretch is 80 km/h. West of Huron Church Line, the number of lanes will decrease from three to two with the third lane closed. These two lanes of traffic will continue to the westbound Highway 401 off-ramp to Highway 3/Huron Church Road and re-connect with the at-grade Highway 3 (northbound Huron Church Road). The speed limit through this stretch of Highway 401 is 60 km/h.

Eastbound Highway 401 traffic from southbound Huron Church Road (eastbound Highway 3) will enter the below-grade Highway 401 via the on-ramp east of the Bethlehem Avenue intersection. The highway will be in a three lane configuration through to the existing Highway 401. The speed limit through this section is 100 km/h.

In addition, some of the on and off ramps are not open, so drivers should know where their exit is before hand. A outline of the open and closed ramps can be found here.

“The public can expect to see an enhanced presence by the OPP on this new section of Highway and I encourage everyone to continue to drive safely and responsibly” said Glenn Miller, Detachment Commander of the Essex County OPP.

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