Rain Delays New Highway 26
Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:35 PMby
Opening of Highway 26 between Wasaga and Collingwood pushed to November
The weather has gotten in the way of the opening of the Highway 26 bypass between Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.
There have been several dates set in the last while for opening the eight kilometre stretch of highway.
The Ministry of Transportation now says the planned opening next week has been pushed back to the first week of November.
MTO spokesperson Astrid Poi says there is still some paving work to be done, light standards need to be installed and painting of lines on the roads still needs to be done.
Poi says there will not be a ceremony to open the highway, although there might be an announcement from the Ministry on the day the roadway opens.
The bypass was first announced in 2000.
Construction was begun in 2003, but halted in 2004.
Work resumed two years ago.
When it opens, the highway bypass will feature two multi-lane roundabouts.
Construction will begin on a third roundabout at what's locally known as Wilson's Corners, after the rest of the roadway opens to traffic.