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Pressure mounts over Ontario’s service centre reconstruction schedules

TORONTO, Ont. -- The poorly-planned closure and reconstruction of Ontario’s rest areas is gaining s...

TORONTO, Ont. — The poorly-planned closure and reconstruction of Ontario’s rest areas is gaining some attention outside trucking circles.


The Toronto Star reported this morning that the Ontario government has been accused of being “asleep at the wheel” when it came to the reconstruction of Ontario’s service centres.


Conservative MPP Bob Runciman complained about the closures and he’s not alone. The CAA and OTA have also said the lack of restroom facilities and parking is a major concern. Truck News first reported on the closures in January 2008.


“The government decided to manage it in one fell swoop,” Steve Laskowski, senior vice-president of the OTA told the Toronto Star. “Was that ideal? No, it wasn’t … we as an industry are trying to make the best of the situation.”


“I’ve had a lot of complaints,” Transport Minister Jim Bradley admitted to the Star. “These are all going to be replaced, they are going to be ultra-modern … it is a challenge getting it done as quickly as we would like.”


The article explains that the reconstruction has been slowed by the environmental assessments needed when removing the old fuel tanks.

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