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Wilson pleased to celebrate the completion of Highway 26 Realignment Project

highway 26 phase 3 completion pictures best.jpg WEBSITE(October 11, 2019) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson is pleased to celebrate the completion of all phases of the Highway 26 Realignment Project in Collingwood.  The improved highway will not only allow for a smoother flow of traffic, but will create almost 100 new jobs in that area of the community. Jim is also very happy that residents of Bay Haven Nursing Home finally have an accessible sidewalk. The province spent $30 million on the Highway 26 Realignment between Stayner and Collingwood, and an additional $7.4 million on the final phase.


The final phase of the project included: widening Highway 26 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.

The construction of the Highway 26 Realignment began in 2003 under the Progressive Conservative government at the time in response to safety and traffic concerns.  The project was delayed without explanation in the summer of 2004 when the Dalton McGuinty Liberals pulled construction crews off the site mere months after winning the election. Over the next ten years, Wilson raised the issue in the Ontario Legislature more than 50 times, wrote countless letters and launched a petition. By 2013, the second phase of the highway realignment was complete, but the final phase was again put on hold. After winning government in 2018, Wilson once again made finishing the highway a priority. 


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