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Highway speed limit pilot project to be announced Friday

Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek is ready to announce details about a pilot project looking at speed limits on Ontario's major highways. The government announced last week a review of highway speeds is long overdue. 

Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek said the announcement will be made in London

Changing Ontario's 100 km/hr speed limit on major highways will be tested by the provincial government. (Amy Dodge/CBC)

Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek is ready to announce details about a pilot project looking at speed limits on Ontario's major highways. The provincial government announced last week a review of highway speeds is long overdue. 

Yurek said at Queen's Park on Tuesday that details of the review will be released Friday in London.

He would not say if the London area will be included in the pilot project. 

"There are only four sections of the province where the speed limits will be changing," Yurek said. "During that time over the next few years we'll consult on that and monitor what's going on in those areas." 

The current speed limit on Ontario's major highways is 100 km/hr. There's mixed reaction to whether that limit should be raised. 

Advocates for a higher speed limit say the current limit turns almost every Ontario driver into a law-breaker when they're travelling the 400-series highways. 

Yurek said the highways are designed to handle traffic at 120 km/h. He has not said if the pilot project will set the speed limit that high. 

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