DUNDAS — Finally. The long-awaited Highway 6-York Road interchange is to open Saturday at 2 p.m.
This follows a one-year delay, and then a delay of another week when a plan by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to open it before May 15 didn’t happen.
Ministry spokesperson Will MacKenzie said today the province was relieved it was finally opening, but noted there is still work to be done on Hwy. 6 between highways 5 and 403. Work on the interchange began in 2006 as part of $34 million in improvements.
“It’s an important piece, but there is still the third lane up the side of the hill for truck traffic.”
The interchange replaces an intersection where numerous accidents and fatalities occurred.
As part of the interchange opening, the intersection at Highway 6/Plains Road/Northcliffe Avenue was closed to traffic tonight and work began on removing the traffic lights. Highway motorists can expect lane reductions Saturday until the interchange is opened. A new road connecting Plains to Old York Road is also set to open Saturday.
One neighbour, Tom McKiel, was not impressed with the lengthy delay. He lives on Northcliffe and had to endure it being used as a detour for Dundas-bound traffic. He had suggested traffic be rerouted down Cootes Drive to Main Street West and then onto the 403.
Everyone agreed the work was necessary, McKiel said, but “what can you say about a job that took 50 per cent longer? It should have been handled much better.”
MacKenzie said the work was held up by technical issues.