Highway 401 through Belleville, Highway 416 among areas to see speed limit increase to 110 km/h this year

Highway 401 through Eastern Ontario – Photo via WikiCommons

On the morning of Wednesday, April 24, the Ontario government announced that it’s raising the speed limit permanently from 100 km/h to 110 km/h on 10 additional sections of provincial highways in northern and southern Ontario.

Changes will begin to be implemented on July 12, 2024, and include Highway 401 from Colborne to Belleville, and from Belleville to Kingston, as well as Highway 416 from Highway 401 to Ottawa.

Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria explains in a media release that most of Ontario’s highways were originally designed to safely accommodate speed limits of 110 km/h, and the data from the increase of six initial sections in 2022 shows they do just that.

“The change builds on the safe and successful increase to six sections of provincial highways in 2022 and aligns with posted speed limits in other jurisdictions across Canada,” the media release reads, Sarkaria continued.

The media release says this is a “common-sense change,” which will “make life more convenient for Ontario drivers while bringing our highway speed limits in line with other Canadian provinces.”

Starting July 12, 2024, the speed limit will be permanently raised to 110 km/h on most of the following provincial highway sections, with the remainder coming into force before the end of the year:

  • Hwy 401, Tilbury, extending the existing 110 km/h zone further east by 7 km
  • Hwy 401 from Hwy 35/115 to Cobourg (approximately 35 km)
  • Hwy 401 from Colborne to Belleville (approximately 44 km)
  • Hwy 401 from Belleville to Kingston (approximately 66 km)
  • Hwy 401 from Hwy 16 to Quebec boundary (approximately 107 km)
  • Hwy 403 from Woodstock to Brantford (approximately 26 km)
  • Hwy 403 from Brantford to Hamilton (approximately 14.5 km)
  • Hwy 406 from Thorold to Welland (approximately 13 km)
  • Hwy 416 from Hwy 401 to Ottawa (approximately 70 km)
  • Hwy 69 from Sudbury to French River (approximately 60 km)

“All highway sections were selected based on their ability to safely accommodate higher speed limits,” the release says.

Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have a maximum speed limit of 110 km/h, while in British Columbia, the maximum speed limit is 120 km/h.

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