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Be prepared for potential slowdowns on Highway 11 today

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Supporters of the Freedom Convoy 2022 in Sault Ste. Marie wait patiently for the main convoy, which arrived Thursday evening.

OPP is warning people to be prepared for potential slowdowns on Highway 11 today as a truck convoy makes its way to North Bay. 

This morning, people participating in the convoy protesting COVID-19 restrictions are leaving Cochrane and heading to North Bay to join up with other supporters. From there, the convoy will head to Ottawa. 

According to 511, the roads between Cochrane are a mix of bare and partially covered. At 10 a.m. there were no full road closures, though there is an altert about the truck convoy being in progress.

Police say demonstration activities could periodically delay traffic.

"The OPP is working with those involved to minimize the impact on the travelling public and to ensure order and public safety. The travelling public is advised to check ahead for road closure information and to monitor local media for information and alternate routes," said police in a news release.

"As specific delays become known, the OPP will forward information to media outlets for broadcast, as well as employ its own social media channels."

The Freedom Convoy 2022 arrived in Northern Ontario on Wednesday.

The original plan had the full convoy heading down Highway 17 to Sault Ste. Marie. 

Yesterday, however, half of the trucks took Highway 11 at Nipigon and spent the night in Cochrane. The other half continued on Highway 17 and were welcomed by hundreds of people in Sault Ste. Marie last night.