NewsVanthof on Northern Road Safety SHARE ON: Valerie Isaac, staff Thursday, Feb. 5th, 2015 Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof is expressing his concerns about highway safety in the wake of several high-profile fatalities on Highway 11 in recent months. He says many others are reporting close calls. Improved winter highway maintenance is a vital part of developing solutions to keep our roadways safer, says Vanthof. Improvements have been made but problems still persist. Vanthof says that it’s impossible for roads to be well-maintained without the investment of materials and personnel. He goes on to say that with the provincial governments penny-pinching approach to maintain northern highways, families in the north continue to pay the price.