The northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 11 – approximately 22.6 km north of the Highway 64 Junction near Hornet Lake (just north of Gramp’s Place) – will be impacted by construction from Monday, April 24, 2023 to Friday, July 21, 2023.
This will involve the completion of rock-slope remediation (including rock blasting), grading/drainage, paving, and landscaping improvements as required by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO). Fidelity Engineering & Construction Inc. (Fidelity) will be performing this work.
Advisory signs will indicate reduction of the highway speed from 80 km/h to 70 km/h between the “contract limits”. Fidelity is permitted to use shoulder and single-lane closures to complete the required work. These closures are permitted to occur Monday to Thursday from sunrise to sunset, and on Fridays from sunrise until 3:00 p.m. No closures are permitted to occur on the week-ends.
Starting next week, the left-hand shoulder and southbound lane will be closed on a day-to-day basis for the duration of the job to complete the required operations. Fidelity will perform flagging operations to control/manage the traffic within the construction zone. At the end of each construction shift, the lane closures will be reopened to traffic.
Additionally, a full mainline closure of Highway 11 is permitted during rock-blasting operations. These will occur between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday to Fridays, but the full mainline closure will be restricted to 20 minutes per any one-hour period and until the end of the traffic queue passes. The exact timing for rock blasting has not been determined yet, but is expected to occur in mid-May. Fidelity will provide a better update closer to the time when these operations do occur.
Emergency Service Access
It will be possible for emergency or transportation services to travel through Fidelity’s work zone at all times on Highway 11, since one lane of traffic will always remain open to traffic during construction. However, during the rock-blasting operations, emergency passage may not be possible because a full mainline closure of Highway 11 may be set up. Fidelity will do its best to accommodate any emergency service passage.