NAPANEE, Ont. — A new waterfront park will throw a few curves at users of Hwy. 33, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Ontario Power Generation.
The hereto undeveloped land west of the Lennox Generating Station — stretching from the intersection of Hwy. 33 and County Road 21 — will soon be transformed into a park.
The highway will be realigned to accommodate four kilometres of chip or gravel trails. The road will be rebuilt to curve away from the lake and then back again, and widened to accommodate paved shoulders suitable for biking.
Officials expect the project will be ready for tender sometime next year as two public meetings have already been held, with plans for one more when the detailed designs are completed. The biggest difficulty so far is the removal of contaminated soil under the asphalt.
“This is one of the oldest highways in Ontario,” says a spokesman for the project, “and they originally used coal tar on the highway to make a smoother drive surface and keep the dust down.”
Although not a problem when sealed with asphalt, coal tar must be removed when the asphalt surface is removed, provincial standards say.
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