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Emergency detour routes

In response to transportation issues and safety concerns associated with major highway closures, Oxford County, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Ontario Provincial Police and Woodstock Police Services, have established an Emergency Detour Routing system for Highways 401 and 403.

Emergency Detour Route (EDR) signage is posted along 12 pre-determined routes throughout the municipalities. These new permanent yellow and black signs are clearly visible near the start and along the alternative routes. The detour routes will be used to divert traffic if a major accident, hazardous material spill or related incident occurs on Highways 401 and 403 that results in a highway closure.

Signs, as shown below, are located on the highway at the start of the Emergency Detour Route (EDR) and are located along the route that should be followed.

The Emergency Detour Routes are activated under the authority of the local and provincial police.

Under the Plan, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Woodstock Police Services will provide ongoing public notification on the location of the incident and anticipated duration of any closure.

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