COLLINGWOOD - Local residents could be driving on the newly aligned Highway 26 in a few weeks.
Astrid Poei, communications coordinator with the Ministry of Transportation, said the province is hoping to open the highway the week of Oct. 22.
She says workers are putting the finishing touches on the project, including line painting and signage.
She says the opening date is dependent on the weather but if it’s not the week of Oct. 22, “we’re hoping for - at the latest - early November.”
“With the weather the way it is, we can’t say that (Oct. 22) is the firm date,” she said.
The new Highway 26 will be a four-lane road from local Airport Road to Poplar Sideroad and a five-lane road from Poplar Sideroad to the Sixth Line.
The former Highway 26 - from Mosley Street to Collingwood- will be renamed Beachwood Road while south of Wilson’s Corners to the Highway 26 realignment will be called Lyons Court.
The project includes three roundabouts - at Poplar Sideroad and Airport Road and new Highway 26 - as well as at Beachwood Road and Mosley Street - commonly known as Wilson’s Corners.
Poei said the ministry chose to proceed with roundabouts because of a 2006 report. She says roundabouts cause less crashes, less idling and improve traffic flow,
“Roundabouts are a safer mode of transportation,” she said.
The province held two public information sessions in the area on roundabouts with 100 people attending in Wasaga Beach and 50 in Collingwood.
“We received great support from the local municipalities and the public,” she said.
The $30-million project also included a new bridge on Fairgrounds Road.