BEJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: One of Port Perry's busiest traffic lights could see pressure taken off as early as next year, as the Ministry of Transportation takes a closer look at the Hwy. 7A and Simcoe St. intersection.
"The Ministry has confirmed that they are hiring a consultant to assess Hwy. 7A, in an effort to increase capacity," reads an e-mail from the MTO to Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew. "This is part of their planned rehabilitation project between the limits of Queen St. and Island Rd."
The rehabilitation project, formally proposed for the 2016 budget, is also on a contingency schedule for 2015- if tender prices come in below estimates.
Regional staff report that they are currently reviewing the traffic signal timings, and that monitoring will be underway as soon as the labour disruption at the Region is resolved.
After corresponding with the MTO and Region on the matter, Regional Councillor Drew said that she is "happy that after a number of years working on this issue, the Ministry has taken some action."
She reports that things don't move very fast at the Ministry level - but is glad that the issue is now on their radar.
"It appears from their latest update that the MTO will not extend the turning lanes from the Simcoe St. and Hwy. 7A intersection to Water St.," said Regional Councillor Drew - referring to early plans of painting new lines to tide over drivers, until construction could begin.
"I continue to work on the signaling at the 7A and Simcoe St. intersection and I have a meeting next week at the Region on this issue," added Regional Councillor Drew.