When the dig began in 2013 to widen County Road 90 between Barrie and Angus to four-lanes, it was the largest road project ever launched by the County of Simcoe, at a cost of $85 million. The project also included the addition of a middle turning lane for most of the route and the replacement of two bridges. Much of the funding came from development charges and the tax levy.
Fast-forward to summer 2020 and motorists now have, according to Christian Meile, Simcoe County’s director of transportation, a much easier drive.
“All the improvements we’ve made to the intersections, the form of the roadway, drainage, illumination, two lanes each direction, and a centre median for most of of the length of the road.”
Approximately 20,000 vehicles per day travel County Road 90 between Angus and Barrie.
“This project was designed to alleviate congestion and set us up for increased commuter and recreational traffic.” explains Meile.
About 12 kilometres of road was widened and paved.
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