The Ontario Provincial Police are advising motorists that they might face delays while travelling both today and tomorrow in relation to an anti-vaccine mandate trucker demonstration.
The Convoy to Ottawa 2022 is expected to roll through the North East Region down Highway 17 and Highway 11, including an anticipated stop in Nairn Centre west of Sudbury at 10 a.m. Friday.
That is, pending the convoy makes it that far, with a winter weather travel advisory issued earlier today.
“Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather,” Environment Canada cautioned. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.”
In a release issued by media today, the OPP said they are working to minimize the impact on the travelling public and to ensure order and public safety.
Motorists are being advised to check ahead for road closure information and to monitor local media for information and alternative routes.
As specific delays become known, the OPP will forward information to media outlets for broadcast as on their own social media channels.
Greater Sudbury Police Service told Sudbury.com it is working in collaboration with the OPP, as well as with local convoy organizers.
“We will issue potential traffic disruptions in our area once we have a clear estimated time of arrival,” GSPS spokesperson Kaitlyn Dunn said in an email. “Members of our Traffic Management Unit and Police Liaison Team will be monitoring the situation and will be present in order to ensure minimal traffic delays.”
As the convoy of trucks and regular vehicles passed by Thunder Bay earlier today, it was reportedly 17 kilometres long.