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Happening at tonight's committee meeting: closure of a Highway 26 intersection

Access from Sixth Line to Highway 26 may soon be eliminated.
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The orange portion of Sixth Line is slated to be closed and the province plans to make an extension of Sanford Fleming Drive to the Beachwood Road/ Highway 26 intersection. Photo from Collingwood.ca

Access from Sixth Line to Highway 26 may soon be eliminated.

At tonight’s Development and Operations Standing Committee, staff will bring forward a report on closing the Sixth Line and Highway 26 intersection as part of the final phase of the Highway 26 East re-alignment project.

The Ministry of Transportation announced in August 2017, it would be moving ahead with the final phase of the project which will include the following works:

  • Widening 1.6 km from two lanes to five lanes from Sixth Line to Pretty River Parkway

  • Reconstruction and widening of the intersection of Highway 26 and Hume Street/Pretty River Parkway

  • Closure of the Sixth Line at Highway 26 with a cul-de-sac and connecting it to Highway 26 via an extension of Sanford Fleming Drive

  • Construction of a recreational trail on the north side and a sidewalk on the south side of Highway 26 between Pretty River Parkway and Marine View Drive

  • Illumination

Council must approve the closure of 0.3 metres of the Sixth Line, because that portion is owned by the town. After it is closed, there will be a cul-de-sac constructed at the end of the road. The province plans to build a new access point onto Highway 26 by extending Sanford Fleming Drive to the intersection of Beachwood Road and Highway 26. The MTO is proposing this new intersection be controlled by traffic lights. The province plans to begin construction on that extension this summer.

The town has posted public notice of this road closure for three weeks beginning May 3 and received no comments.

The Development and Operations Standing Committee will vote on the matter to at tonight’s meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the town hall council chambers on the second floor.


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