Local motorcyclist starts petition for change on busy highway

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A photo of Highway 17, outside Timberland general store.

In light of the most recent, serious accident on Highway 17, north of Sault Ste. Marie, a local women is asking for change.

Tammy Landry has started a petition asking for there to be a turning lane installed at the Timberland Variety store in Goulais River.

This is the location where, just this past weekend, three motorcyclists were seriously injured when they were involved in a collision at this location.

Shelly Ash is the Mother-in-Law of Pierre Poirier, the individual airlifted to the hospital after the incident. She both signed the petition and left a comment asking for the turning lane.

“Pierre is my son in law. It breaks my heart to see his [wife’s] and my daughter’s future in shambles. No one else should have to go through this because of a lack of turning lane.”

Landry tells us many of her family members have had close calls there and, being a motorcycle rider herself, this adds even more fear. Every time she hears the sirens headed in that direction or of an accident there, she worries it’s someone she loves.

“There have been several serious accidents in front of the LCBO/Timberland entrance in Goulais River, on Highway 17 North. A turning lane would go a long way to saving lives and help keep people safe,” said Landry. “It breaks my heart to see the memorial in front of it as a constant reminder of a needless death and it makes me shudder every time I hear emergency vehicles headed that way or news that the highway is closed due to an accident. Please sign the petition to have a turning lane put in.”

The petition received more than 1000 signatures in the first six hours. Landry is going to send it to anyone that will listen early next week, including MPP’s Mike Mantha and Ross Romano.

You can sign the petition here – Petition · Turning Lane in Front of Timberland/LCBO on Highway 17 North · Change.org

Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to bring you more information on the progress of this petition and any changes it may bring about to Highway 17 North.

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