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Emergency Detour Routes

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A Collaborative Approach to Helping Motorists Arrive Safely:

Emergency Detour Routes (EDR) along Highway 401

Emergency Detour Routes (EDR) are in place to help guide motorists through the City of Quinte West in the event of an unplanned closure of Highway 401.   Quinte West Mayor John Williams, Councillor Jim Harrison, and Chris Angelo, Director of Public Works and Environmental Services, were joined by Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Rob Milligan, to unveil the new Emergency Detour Route (EDR) signs on Tuesday October 15, 2013. 

In the Fall of 2013, City staff from the Public Works Department began installing approximately 70 EDR signs along roads and highways in Quinte West. The Ministry of Transportation has also installed EDR signs at key interchanges on Highway 401. Highway drivers will be directed to follow the Emergency Detour Route signs whenever there is an unplanned closure of a section of Highway 401.

"Ontario's roads are among the safest in North America. The Emergency Detour Routes will help keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently across the province," said Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure.

"I appreciate the importance of EDR signs and the crucial role they play in providing a safe, efficient and timely alternative for those traversing Canada's busiest corridor should an unforeseen event occur" stated Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Rob Milligan.

"The use of EDRs is very important to the community and the motorists who are not familiar with our roadways" said Mayor John Williams. "They will ensure that motorists find their way safely while creating less impact on local traffic"

"The City of Quinte West has been working with our adjacent municipalities on establishing Emergency Detour Routes throughout our municipality for some time" said Chris Angelo, Director of Public Works and Environmental Services. "The City recognizes the importance of signed Emergency Detour Routes which will efficiently and safely move traffic through our municipality during closures of Highway 401in our area."

Emergency Detour Routes are developed collaboratively by the Ministry of Transportation, the municipality, the police and other emergency response agencies.  They are based on several factors including out of way travel and a route's ability to efficiently accommodate increased traffic volumes and all vehicle types.

View the City's Emergency Detour Routes here

For more information regarding EDRs, please contact Public Works and Environmental Services at 613-392-2841.

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