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Province mulls Hwy. 7 options

KITCHENER, Ont. - It will be weeks or months before anyone knows where the new Hwy. 7 will ultimately be built, but it appears plans for a new Kitchener-to-Guelph link may be in jeopardy."We heard a l...


NEW ROUTE: Ontario will need to consider a couple of different options.
NEW ROUTE: Ontario will need to consider a couple of different options.

KITCHENER, Ont. – It will be weeks or months before anyone knows where the new Hwy. 7 will ultimately be built, but it appears plans for a new Kitchener-to-Guelph link may be in jeopardy.

“We heard a lot of concerns and what we learned is that some of the problems are a lot more serious than we thought,” Dave Wake, a ministry official, told local media. He adds while it is too soon to say the plans for the link would be scrapped, officials are considering changes that would alleviate some concerns expressed during the most recent round of public meetings.

Wake said a complex system of service roads for businesses between Kitchener and Guelph was among features of the last plan that proved to be contentious. Business owners fear the service-road plan would force many of them into bankruptcy.

A group of nursery and garden centre operators is in-line with the first route proposed by the ministry, which ran north of and parallel to the existing highway. While it spared businesses, it would have plowed through wood lots, wetlands and farmland. n


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