As part of the upgrades and widening of the Highway 26 connecting link direct access to the 6th Line from the highway will be eliminated
Expect delays if you are travelling along Highway 26 east of the Pretty River Parkway this summer.
Construction crews have finally arrived to begin the construction process of upgrading the connecting link portion of Highway 26 that runs from the Pretty River Parkway to the already completed four lane new Highway 26 east at what is now known as Beachwood Road.
Collingwood Council was updated on the project at its May 28th regular meeting. Council received STAFF REPORT #2018-09 that among other things provided necessary information for Council to approve the by-law to close a portion of Sixth Line that accesses Highway 26 East.
In August 2017, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that it would be moving ahead with the final phase of construction for the Highway 26 East Re-alignment Project, to improve traffic flow and road safety in Collingwood. This phase of construction will include:
• Widening 1.6 kilometres from 2-lanes to 5-lanes from Sixth Line to Pretty River Parkway in the Town of Collingwood Connecting Link
• 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 Sandford 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
Mayor Sandra Cooper and many councillors noted that this final upgrade to Highway 26 in Collingwood has been a long time in the making and represents the work of many councils over the years.
In his Staff Report, Brian MacDonald, Director of Public Works, Engineering, and Environmental Services for the Town of Collingwood summarized the activity.
“The MTO completed a number of studies for this project that included an Individual Environmental Assessment (1992), Preliminary Design (1992), Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) (2002), Value Engineering Study (2006), TESR Addendum (2009) and a Design Construction Report (2010). These reports involved public consultations, various external agencies, municipalities, and Aboriginal Communities. It was recommended in the Value Engineering Study (2006) that in order to improve the operations and safety of Highway 26, the intersection with Sixth Line would need to be eliminated, thus terminating the Sixth Line with a cul-de-sac south of Highway 26.”
In order to terminate Sixth Line with a cul-de-sac, and effectively eliminate the access to Highway 26 East, a road closure of 0.3 m reserve is required for the Sixth Line. To accommodate this closure, the MTO will construct a new access point onto Highway 26 East in the summer of 2018, which will be an extension of Sandford Fleming Drive to the intersection of Beachwood Road and Highway 26 East.
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