A long-awaited final stage of improvements on Highway 26 between Wasaga Beach and Collingwood will get underway next spring.
The Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, announced Thursday morning that 26 will be four-lanes from the 6th line to the Pretty River Parkway. The work is slated to start in early 2018 and be completed before the end of the year.
There was no dollar figure attached to the work, but it has previously been estimated at about $10 million dollars.
The 6th line will be closed at the highway with a cul-de-sac, Sanford Fleming Drive will be extended to connect with 26, and the 1.5 kilometre stretch of Highway 26 into Collingwood will get four lanes, plus a dedicated turning lane, a sidewalk, and a recreational trail.
Collingwood Mayor, Sandra Cooper says she has been 'floating' since she heard the project was finally going ahead.
The town has been asking for the work to be completed for several years.
The 26 realignment between Collingwood and Wasaga Beach, including its roundabouts, opened to traffic in November of 2012.