Damn the greed of Doug Ford’s Ontario conservatives. They have told their developer friends that they will build highway 413. The idea of 413 had been killed by the Wynne liberals because it wasn’t needed. Yet the Bradford Bypass was already in process and is needed. Ford got the two projects linked and has created a protest movement against both highways.
The Bradford Bypass is a 16.2-kilometer stretch of controlled-access four-lane highway designed to take traffic from highway 404 past Bradford to highway 400 so that it can go around Lake Simcoe. And you should be warned that anyone who lives north of highway 88 (that runs through Bradford) or has a summer cottage in Muskoka, understands the need for the bypass.
If you wanted to challenge the government on whether homes in Bradford are more important than a couple fairways in a conservative-owned golf course, have at it. It is far to late to stop the Bradford Bypass.
This short piece of highway has been in the works for the past 25 years. All the studies have been done. Many millions of dollars that have already been spent on environmental studies, rights of way, designs, overpasses and related road improvements.
And if you ever happen to be driving north on highway 400 from highway 88, you will notice all those new overpasses that have been built or are still in the works to eventually accommodate the heavier traffic that is anticipated in years to come.
I can assure you that my environmental concerns are a match or maybe even better than yours. I have had many years of appearing before councils, boards, commissions and parliamentary committees. When you do that, you need to have your facts well documented
But as a resident of Barrie, Ontario, I find it very annoying that I have to drive through Newmarket, Ontario to get from highway 400 to highway 404 when going to the east end of Toronto. That 16.2-kilometer bypass to highway 404 will likely save me about a half hour in driving time every time I use it.
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