This consultation was open from:
September 13, 2021
to October 4, 2021
The posting to seek public comments related to the 2+1 Pilot Project – Site Selection Criteria Report is now closed. No comments were received during the review period. The report will be finalized as posted.
MTO developed a 2+1 Advancement Working Group to further research 2+1 roadway models and to develop a variation of the model appropriate for Ontario highways.
An initial report, designed to summarize site selection parameters criteria, which will guide in the selection of potential 2+1 roadway model pilot sites and provide designers with guidance to incorporate the 2+1 roadway model as a design tool, was posted for comments on the MTO Technical Consultation Portal (TCP) from September 13, 2021 to October 4, 2021.
The report will now be finalized as posted.
Effects of consultation
By closing, the 2+1 roadway model site selection report had 130 views, with 106 from Canada, 21 from the United States, and 3 from other countries where the model is used. These numbers suggest that the portal is a valid way to seek for public engagement on MTO undertakings.
No comments were received during the review period. This seems to indicate that the criteria for selection of candidate location sites is appropriate.
Once the report is finalized, the criteria will be used by regional staff to identify potential locations for the selection of the pilot site.
The 2+1 roadway model consists of a three-lane cross-section with one lane in each direction of travel and the additional third lane alternating between directions of travel to allow passing opportunities and increased capacity. In other jurisdictions this concept has been found to improve operational efficiency and reduce collisions for selected two-lane highways. A flush narrow median and median barrier, which helps protect against cross-over collisions, are also common features of the 2+1 Roadway concept.
The ministry has formed a 2+1 Advancement Working Group whose purpose is to research 2+1 roadway models to develop a variation of the model appropriate for Ontario highways.
The findings of the 2+1 Advancement Working Group will be presented in two parts, with this first report designed to establish the site selection parameters / criteria that will provide guidance in the selection of potential candidate sites to pilot the model in Ontario.
A second report, to be completed at a later date, will present detailed recommendations for potential sites that consider design parameters, including cross section elements, barrier types, and other design guidance.