Provincial Portion of Hume Street Project Remains Concern for Wilson
(June 30, 2015) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson was in Collingwood this morning alongside MP Kellie Leitch and Mayor Sandra Cooper to announce a Small Communities Fund grant for the Hume Street Widening Project. Wilson is thankful for the federally administered grant, but remains concerned the province is refusing to complete road widening on the portion of Hume Street that falls under provincial jurisdiction, including the section of road 200 meters west of Pretty River Parkway.
"I continue to receive calls from concerned constituents over road safety for seniors on this stretch of Hume Street, particularly for those living at Bay Haven Nursing Home," said Wilson. "It seems suspect that the Liberals would proudly tout the announcement today when in May they sent me a letter stating the 200 meter stretch of road in front of Bay Haven is not a priority for their government. It's yet another example of the hypocritical nature of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals."
The initial phase of the highway portion of the Highway 26 Realignment was completed in 2013 after years of Wilson's tireless efforts to get the project going again after it was cancelled shortly after the Liberals took office. The final phase of the project, including the reconstruction of the Pretty River Parkway intersection and Hume Street was put on hold by the Liberals in late 2012. Wilson sent a letter to the province in April 2015 in anticipation of the Hume Street Project start date and received a reply in late May that stated the project was not a priority.
"I remain committed to advocating for the completion of this section of road," continued Wilson. "It's frustrating that all but 200 meters of Hume Street will be complete, particularly when the town is having to spend additional money to install temporary sidewalks as a result of the Liberals failure to fulfil their commitment."
The Province of Ontario requested that Wilson not be allowed to speak at the announcement this morning. Instead they sent Liberal MPP, Ann Hoggarth from Barrie to represent the province.
CLICK HERE to view the letter MPP Jim Wilson sent to the Government
CLICK HERE to view the response MPP Jim Wilson received from the Government