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Wilson: Highway 26 completion is overdue

 (August 10, 2017) MPP Jim Wilson is happy the provincial government is finally moving ahead to complete the long-delayed Highway 26 reconstruction project in Collingwood.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was in Collingwood today to make the announcement.

 

The project, which Wilson has been lobbying the government to complete for a number of years, includes: widening the highway to five lanes with a median shared turning lane, reconstruction of the intersection of Highway 26 and Hume Street/Pretty River Parkway, closure of 6th Line at Highway 26 with a cul-de-sac and connecting it to Highway 26 via an extension of Sir Sandford Fleming Drive and construction of a recreational trail on the north side and a sidewalk on the south side of the highway between Pretty River Parkway and Marine View Drive.

 

"Although it took the Wynne government five years to respond to our pleas and petitions and motions from council, I am grateful Minster Del Duca came to Collingwood today to announce the widening of Highway 26," Wilson said. "We have been waiting for this project for a long time."

 

For more than five years, Wilson demanded the government finish the highway reconstruction. He raised the issue in the Legislature, wrote letters to the Minister and toured the affected areas with local officials. The government's hold up of the project delayed important economic growth in Collingwood.

 

"The delay was holding up the creation of more than 70 new retail and commercial jobs," Wilson said. "The extension of Sir Sandford Fleming Drive though to Highway 26 will spur significant commercial development in that section of town."

 

Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall echoed Wilson's comments about the importance of the project for the local economy at the announcement.

 

"We have nine million tourists visit us each year and three million of them travel up this section of road. It connects a lot of dots," Marshall said.

 

Construction on the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2018. Wilson thanks the community for its determination to make sure the project was completed.

 

Wilson has spent a significant amount of time on the issue. Below are two examples of his efforts:

 

April 6, 2017 - Press Release: Liberals won’t commit to finishing Highway 26

 

June 30, 2015 - Press Release: Provincial Portion of Hume Street Project Remains Concern for Wilson

 


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