We’re of sight, out of mind

May 12, 2017   ·   0 Comments

WHAT A CONTRAST there is between the two sections of Highway 10 these days.

South of Orangeville, the busy five-lane section of roadway is being resurfaced just a few years after it was opened to traffic.

Meanwhile, north of town beyond Camilla no work is under way on a roadway that is almost exactly as it was 90 years ago when it became a two-lane concrete highway. There are not even turning lanes at the intersections, which remain darkened at night.

Even Highway 9 east of town at least has turning lanes at all intersections and overhead lighting on Orangeville’s outskirts and in Mono Mills, as well as at the intersections.

How could there possibly be such a discrepancy in highway administration? Certainly not because of traffic counts, since we all know that Highway 10 north of Camilla carries at least as much traffic as No. 9.

The answer clearly lies in where responsibility rests. Highway 9 and No. 10 south of town are in the Ministry of Transportation’s Downsview-based Central Region, while No. 10 north to Owen Sound is in MTO’s West Region based in London, whose officials couldn’t care less how dangerous that far-off roadway is.

Surely Dufferin County Council should ask the Province to place all of Dufferin-Caledon riding in MTO’s Central Region.

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