Possible Traffic Delays on Highway 3 due to Protest

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If you're planning on driving down Highway 3 Saturday, expect some delays.

The OPP is warning motorists of possible backups due to a grassroots protest organized by Ray Sterling, who lost his friend Tyler Knight to a crash on the highway this year. Sterling says the plan is to get the attention of Ontario Premier Doug Ford to expand the highway.

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Tyler Knight, 50, died in a motorcycle crash on Highway 3 (Courtesy of GoFundMe page)

In August, the province announced it will widen the highway from two to four lanes from the Town of Essex to County Rd. 34, but protest organizers say the section from County Rd. 34 to Highway 77 should also be widened; instead it is only going to be repaved.  

The OPP says its priority is to maintain the safe flow of traffic and minimize the impact on the public by working with organizers to provide a safe and peaceful place to protest.

Participants are gathering at the Zehrs in Leamington and the Canadian Tire in Essex at 9am.

According to organizers the convoys will hit the road at 10am, winding down with a benefit dinner in support of Knight's family at 3pm at the Car Barn in Wheatley.

— with files from AM800's Gord Bacon.