The need for access to Highway 403 at Bishopsgate Road “crucial,” says Brant County Mayor Ron Eddy.
The County of Brant wants funding from the province for the project but has been told it’s up to local municipalities to pay for interchange improvements, according to local media.
The county is worried about the increased traffic and wear and tear on municipal roads, in particular Rest Acres Road, once four new gravel pits begin shipping aggregate by truck.
Besides residential and commercial growth in south Paris, the county’s industrial park is located at the interchange and it’s also the main access from Norfolk County to Highway 403.
The county’s argument for provincial funding for the project is that the Bishopsgate interchange goes beyond being solely a local improvement, because the aggregate would be going to projects beyond the county’s borders, says Eddy.
The county has hired consultants IBI Group to prepare a long-range transportation study. Access at Highway 403 and Bishopsgate as well as improvements to the interchange at Rest Acres are part of the study, which is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Member carriers who care to comment about access to Hwy 401 in the area or what how a potential project could affect them, send to [email protected].