BROCKTON – In the words of the Council. Kym Hutcheon, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s capital works project on Highway 9 and the Bruce Highway 3 and 4 intersections “can’t get there soon enough.”
The highway, especially at the two intersections, has been the scene of a number of collisions and countless near-misses, especially during the busy summer months.
Gregg Furtney, COO, provided an update on the project at the November 9 board meeting.
As work progresses, Furtney said MTO is sticking to its original schedule.
“We are aiming for 2023,” he said.
Furtney’s report cites some statistics provided by Fire Chief Chris Wells.
At the intersection of Highway 9 / Bruce Highway 3, there have been 20 calls in the past 10 years, including 14 collisions and six extractions.
At the Bruce Road 4 intersection, there have been 14 calls in the past 10 years, including 13 collisions and one major extrication.
These were only for Walkerton Fire and Rescue Services. There may be more for the South Bruce OPP and Bruce County EMS that do not include the fire department.
Furtney said “things look pretty positive” for the project to make these intersections safer.
His report indicated that the preliminary design and environmental assessment for the rehabilitation of Highway 9 from Bruce Road 4 eastbound to Walkerton (14.67 km) began last summer. The scope of the preliminary design includes the roadway rehabilitation of Highway 9, drainage improvements, improvements to the intersections of Bruce Road 3 and Bruce Road 4, and the rehabilitation of the Greenock Creek Bridge.
Subject to funding and approvals, construction is expected to begin in 2023. MTO has hired GHD, a multinational engineering firm, to facilitate this work which includes collecting and analyzing data related to each segment of the project as well as ” an intersection study for safety and operational improvements at the intersections of Bruce Road 3 and Bruce Road 4. The objective of the study is to explore reasonable alternatives to improve the intersections which could include widening the intersections. intersections, traffic lights, flashing lights and roundabout screening.
To date, no preferred design has been established.
In response to a question, Mayor Chris Peabody said the county wrote a letter to MTO requesting a timeline earlier, but MTO is sticking to its original plan.
âYes, we (Brockton) should write a letter,â he said.
A board member joked, âWe should include a video of a long weekend! “