Highway 138 is a major North South link between the 417 and 401 highways and the most direct route to Ottawa from Cornwall Ontario. It’s heavily used and two lanes wide only.
Because of some very slow drivers long lines can ensue and occasional risky maneuvers as frustrated drivers zoom by the slow pokes. I know. I’ve done it myself many a time.
This crash involved a 17 year old driver, a whole other issue. Detail are from the OPP below, but the bottom line is that 138 needs to be widened or a new road built entirely.
During the municipal election only one candidate talked about this issue; Liberal Mark A MacDonald. The media didn’t give it much love and it was dismissed by many chiefly because of its source, but how many more accidents on 138 will it take before it’s realized that this region needs a better traffic artery which besides being a safety issue is an economic one for the region.
All you have to do is look at the growth in communities like Kemptville since the 416 highway through way was built.
Is it time to widen 138? You can post your comments below.
From the OPP:
COLLISION CLOSES ROAD
(South Stormont) – On 30Apr12, at approximately 5:00pm, SD&G OPP officers attended the scene of a two vehicle collision on Highway 138, South Stormont Township.
Early stages of the collision indicate that a Beige 2000 Ford Windstar was north bound when (for reasons under investigation) the vehicle strayed into the south bound lane striking a Red 2009 Toyota.
The 17yr old male driver (Liam CHAUSSIE of St. Andrews, On) of the Ford van was taken to Cornwall Regional Hospital McConnell Site where was treated and released. The 35yr old male driver (Luc GEUVIN of Cornwall, On) and his male passenger were airlifted to the Civic Hospital in Ottawa.
A section of Highway 138 was closed to traffic while emergency crews attended to the scene. SD&G OPP officers assisted by OPP Technical traffic Investigators, continue the investigation.