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Draft two of Hwy. 7 expansion causes another stir

KITCHENER, Ont. -- A new plan to build a four-lane highway just north of Hwy. 7 is causing a stir, as the planned r...


KITCHENER, Ont. — A new plan to build a four-lane highway just north of Hwy. 7 is causing a stir, as the planned route runs right through several private properties.

The latest plan for a revamped Hwy. 7 will see the existing highway used as a service road for residents and businesses along the route.

Although plans for the new highway are still unannounced, Ministry of Transportation spokesman David Wake admits there are two possibilities.

"We’re looking at two options and they are generally north of the existing highway," Wake tells local media.

Andy Krajishnik recently retired to a small hobby farm north of Hwy. 7, and he’s been told that the proposed highway runs right through his property.

"My wife is still crying. She doesn’t want to move," a distraught Krajishnik tells local media. "For me, this is a nightmare."

But the latest expansion plan is in response to last winter’s proposal that called for the widening of the existing highway.

"We’ve tried to come up with some new options and we want to discuss them with property owners before we discuss them with the general public," says Wake.

A meeting on Tuesday will offer property owners the chance to voice their concerns. It runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Guelph Place Banquet Hall in Guelph. Following the meeting, the direction of the highway expansion may become clearer.


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