Attention, drivers! Starting on Friday, April 22, select highways will have permanent speed limits of 110 km/hour in Ontario.
Following a pilot program that launched a few years ago, the government now said that those speed limits will now be made permanent. The usual speed limit on highways is 100 km/hour.
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Here are the highways that now have 110 km/hour speed limits permanently:
- Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from Hamilton to St. Catharines (32km)
- Highway 402 from London to Sarnia (90 km)
- Highway 417 from Ottawa to the Ontario / Quebec Border (102 km)
- Highway 401 from Windsor to Tilbury (approx 40 km)
- Highway 404 from Newmarket to Woodbine (approx 16 km)
- Highway 417 from Kanata to Arnprior (approx 37 km)
Also starting on Friday, the speed limit will be raised to 110 km/hr on a trial basis on the following sections of provincial highways in Northern Ontario.
- Highway 400 from MacTier to Nobel (55 km)
- Highway 11 from Emsdale to South River (45 km)
When the pilot was first introduced in 2019, the government said they were considering raising speed limits “from 100 km/h to 110 km/h on appropriate Ontario 400-series highways. The new speed limit would align with other provinces, such as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.”
Minister Mulroney makes an announcement about improving transportation in Ontario. https://t.co/Lz21JaUlER
— Ontario Ministry of Transportation (@ONtransport) March 29, 2022
They launched a speed limit pilot on three sections of highway in Ontario at the time. The pilot, which was originally planned for a two-year period, and was extended for two more years.
According to the province, stunt driving penalties will continue to apply at 150 km/hr. This means that in the pilot zones, the stunt driving penalties will apply at 40 km/hr over the posted speed limit, not the usual 50 km/hr over.
So either way, drive safe out there!