A southwestern Ontario Conservative MPP is looking ahead to the winter driving season as summer winds down.
MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Monte McNaughton has written a letter to Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca urging his ministry to examine the possibility of placing snow barriers along sections of Hwy. 402 between London and Sarnia.
McNaughton argues that snow barriers would reduce snow drifting and make the highway much safer in winter storms.
‘In the near-term I would suggest that your ministry examine the possibility of erecting snow fences in particularly wind-swept sections of the highway,’ wrote McNaughton.
‘I would further suggest that since these snow fences would have to be set back from the road’s edge (near the fence line) some thought be given to using higher than normal snow fencing.’
In his letter, McNaughton also suggests planting coniferous trees at the fence line and along the Right of Way would be a long-term solution.
Back in December of 2010, a whiteout caused by lake-effect snow squalls left an 80 km stretch of Hwy. 402 closed for several days.