Frank Klees

Press Release

                                                                                                                                            October 26, 2009


KLEES:  MTO Mismanagement Threatens Road Safety, Contributes to Gridlock

(QUEEN’S PARK)  Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, the PC Critic for Transportation and Public Infrastructure Renewal today made the following statement in the Ontario Legislature:

“Ontarians are becoming increasingly frustrated with the gridlock on our roads and highways. In the words of a Windsor resident, “I cannot begin to express the frustration that I have experienced trying to simply move around this province in the last two years.”

“What is of particular concern is the apparent mismanagement of highway projects and the resulting impact on traffic flow. Ramps to and from 400-series highways are closed almost daily with no on-road advance notice to drivers that would at least allow them to take an earlier alternative exit. Predictably, the result is more congestion and more frustration, and the addition of often many additional kilometres of unnecessary detour.

“The gross mismanagement of 401 service centres can only be described as incompetence at its worst. To shut down service centres along this province’s busiest highway, with no alternative provided for travellers’ comfort—to rest and to refuel—is beyond comprehension.

“And as much as the minister attempts to justify these examples of his ministry’s incompetence, what matters is that the lives of Ontarians are being put at risk. That, I trust, you will agree is unacceptable.

“I call on the Minister of Transportation to get a handle on his ministry, to call to account those individuals who are responsible for planning in his ministry and tell them to get on with it.”


For more information contact

Frank Klees, MPP

416 509 8999