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September 03, 2009 14:30 ET

Government of Canada and Grey County Celebrate Completion of Area's First Roundabout

GREY COUNTY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - Grey County residents will benefit from better traffic control, reduced congestion and safer roads thanks to the completion of the County's first roundabout, located at the base of Blue Mountain Resort within the Town of The Blue Mountains. Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Kevin Eccles, Warden for County of Grey, Howard Greig, Grey County Transportation and Public Safety Committee Chair and Gary Shaw, Director of Transportation and Public Safety for the County of Grey were on hand today to celebrate the completion of the roundabout.

The total cost of the roundabout project was $1,500,000 of which $600,000 was funded through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

The Gas Tax Fund is dedicated to environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects that promote a high quality of life for all residents of Canadian communities. The roundabout in Grey County will help to improve air quality by eliminating unnecessary stops and idling thereby reducing Greenhouse Gases emitted by vehicles on the road.

"The Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure projects that strengthen the economy and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable environment for Ontario communities," said MP Miller, on behalf of the Honourable Helena Geurgis, Minister of State for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Simcoe Grey. "Grey County's new roundabout is the type of infrastructure project that will help the environment, improve traffic flow and keep local residents moving safely and efficiently."

"It is with great anticipation that we are announcing the opening of our first roundabout in Grey County. We have prided ourselves as being progressive and innovative and this project just reinforces this attitude" said Warden Eccles. "This has been a great private/public partnership experience that has worked flawlessly."

The roundabout, located at the intersection of Grey Road 19, Grey Road 119 (Scenic Caves Road) and Mountain Drive, will respond to the traffic concerns identified by the County in 2006. Increased tourism traffic created unusually high vehicle volume and congestion, which led to the need for solutions on how best to control local traffic. Engineering firm R.J. Burnsides and Associates Limited worked together with Grey County to identify the construction of a roundabout as the ideal solution.

With the opportunity for a mutually beneficial gateway into the region, the neighbouring Town of The Blue Mountains and Blue Mountain Resorts Limited came forward with contributions of $300,000 and $600,000 respectively towards the construction of the roundabout.

"The federal Gas Tax Fund acknowledges that all orders of government must work together to address the pressing need for infrastructure investment in Ontario," said Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). "The funding is supporting hundreds of important infrastructure projects and is critical to job creation, Ontario's competitiveness and environmental sustainability."

From 2005 to 2009, Grey County received more than $7.2 million dollars from the federal Gas Tax Fund. By 2014, Ontario will have received more than $4.8 billion in federal support for infrastructure from the Gas Tax Fund.

Since a roundabout is a new feature to most area motorists, some may be uncertain how to maneuver within them. For this reason, Grey County has included a roundabout section on its website that you may wish to visit at:

http://www.greycounty.ca/transportation/roundabout.cfm.

Contact Information

  • Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Grey County Transportation and Public Safety
    Gary Shaw
    519-372-0219 ex. 220