South Glengarry supports six-lane Highway 401

In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, traffic flows along Highway 401, west of Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/File)

LANCASTER – Ontario’s easternmost municipality has endorsed a resolution by four eastern Ontario MPPs to expand Highway 401 to six lanes.

South Glengarry councillors passed the resolution with little discussion Monday night.

Although Coun. Lyle Warden did note that the number of fatalities had gone up since the document was written. The resolution from Dec. 7 mentions 12 fatal crashes in May 2017 claiming the lives of 16 people.

The endorsement will be sent to the Minister of Transportation, Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and eastern Ontario MPPs Steve Clarke, Jim McDonell, Randy Hillier and Todd Smith.

On the same night (Monday) near Belleville, Quinte West councillors were given a collisions and closures report by two Ministry of Transportation (MTO) officials.

According to, the statistics for eastern Ontario in the two areas that have six- and four-lane sections (the City of Kingston is one location), show fewer closures on the six-lane sections of Highway 401.

The Eastern Ontario Mayors Caucus is already supporting a six-lane Highway 401 to the Quebec border, Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison noted during that meeting.