Monday, August 20, 2012

Highway 26 Re-Alignment Nears Completion

After a couple of false starts, the long anticipated completion of the re-alignment of Highway 26 from Wasaga Beach to Collingwood is nearing completion with a scheduled opening date later this fall.  Work is currently underway to complete the beginning section at Wasaga Beach south of Mosley Street as well as on the terminus at the Collingwood end where the new road will merge with the existing Highway 26 by the Pilkington Glass plant.
  This new road will offer a much more efficient, safer and attractive approach to Collingwood and is something that is long overdue.  Initiated some years ago when the Provincial Progressive Conservatives were in power, the project was shelved when Dalton McGuinty and company were elected.  The delay has been so lengthy that although a good portion of the route was once cleared, sizable trees had once again grown back in place.  A portion of the road is now open off what is known as the local Collingwood Airport Road aka the Nottawasaga 33/34 Side Road to Mosley Street.
  What remains to be seen in the minds of many, is how efficient and safe the two roundabouts at Mosley Street and Poplar Side Road are going to work.  It's one thing to have single opposing lanes of traffic merge into the roundabouts such as at Poplar Side Road and High Street as well as on Mountain Road.  In the case of these newest traffic circles, there are two lanes travelling in each direction entering the circles which may result in some hairy moments for the more timid of drivers or for those simply not paying attention.  Time will tell....

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.