Work be­gin­ning on Exit 26 on High­way 103

Goal is to make the in­ter­sec­tion at Shel­burne safer for drivers

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High­way 103 road­work has be­gun at Exit 26 in Shel­burne to im­prove safety, al­though the Shel­burne Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment chief is doubt­ful all of the safety risks will be ad­dressed even af­ter the work is com­pleted.

While the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal says safety will be greatly im­proved, fire chief Dar­rell Locke be­lieves the in­ter­sec­tion will re­main a dan­ger­ous risk for ac­ci­dents.

“You still have to cross 100-kilo­me­tres- an- hour traf­fic when go­ing across the high­way,” says Locke.

He also wor­ries the risk to drivers turn­ing left onto High­way 103 (head­ing to­wards Yarmouth) from the Tim Hor­tons side of the exit will re­main even af­ter the in­ter­sec­tion up­grades. He says drivers will al­ways need to be alert.

“Ev­ery­one has to be care­ful and use ex­treme cau­tion,” says Locke.

He says there have been a high num­ber of ac­ci­dents at the in­ter­sec­tion while he has served on the fire de­part­ment, in­clud­ing fa­tal­i­ties.

The work that has be­gun this month at the in­ter­sec­tion is ex­pected to be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary 2018, says Brian Tay­lor, me­dia re­la­tions ad­vi­sor for the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal.

Cur­rently a crew is on­site get- A draw­ing of the in­ter­sec­tion be­ing built at Exit 26 in Shel­burne.

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ting prepped for the project, which in­cludes clear­ing the area for widen­ing and con­duct­ing sur­vey work, says Tay­lor.

The in­ter­sec­tion will see ac­cel­er­a­tion and de-ac­cel­er­a­tion lanes added. There will also be a full chan­nel­iza­tion of the in­ter­sec­tion so drivers can have a turn­ing lane when pulling off the Ohio Road side of the exit.

A raised con­crete is­land will help to safely di­rect traf­fic leav­ing both sides of High­way 103 on the Ohio road. Tay­lor says as with any project of this na­ture, de­lays should be ex­pected in the up­com­ing months while con­struc­tion takes place.

“Traf­fic con­trol is an im­por­tant part of the project,” says Tay­lor. “The plan will be de­signed to min­i­mize de­lays for the pub­lic as much as pos­si­ble.”

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