The Holland Marsh network of roads and bridges will receive a provincial investment as part of $1.3 billion in transportation infrastructure funding
“As our government manages Ontario’s finances in a responsible manner, we are protecting services that matter most, including road maintenance,” said Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, who recently announced the funding with York-Simcoe MPP Caroline Mulroney. “We are working to improve road safety for all Ontarians.”
A total of 123 rehabilitation projects were announced across the province, with a combined value of $512 million.
The Holland Marsh project in York Region will see replacement of the Highway 9-South Canal Bridge, located 800 metres west of Highway 400, and the rehabilitation of two Highway 9 culverts at the Humber River – one west of Tottenham Road, the other just east of Adjala Concession Road 2.
Bridge work will include rehabilitation of the substructure, and the replacement of the bridge deck, starting in June of this year. During the construction period, expected to last into November of 2019, the intersection of Highway 9 and South Canal Road will be closed.
The culvert work may also result in lane closures on Highway 9.
The work will have no impact on drainage within the Holland Marsh, noted Drainage Superintendent Frank Jonkman Jr., but it is strictly a matter of road rehabilitation.
The only Holland Marsh project still in the works, outside of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s plan to resurface a portion of North Canal Road, is the replacement of the North Canal bridge at Highway 400, a project that will require closure of part of Canal Road.
That project is in “detail design,” said Jonkman, but has no firm timeline. “We will have to wait and see what the current government is going to do with funding.”