Grey Road 2 & Highway 26 Intersection EA

The Town of The Blue Mountains, in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Grey County has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for potential improvements in this area to consider the solutions to meet projected increases in traffic volume and address traffic congestion and safety concerns related to access to Highway 26. The following improvements are being considered:

Short Term Improvements

Long Term Improvements

In addition to the above, the Town and the County of Grey have identified the need for realignment at the intersection of Grey Road 2 / Clark Street, considering its proximity to the intersection of Highway 26 / Grey Road 2 as well as traffic growth from planned land development in this area.

Study Area:




Public Meeting Dates:

Date 1:  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Date 2:  Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location:  Town of The Blue Mountains Council Chambers.
                 32 Mill Street, Thornbury ON.

PIC- HWY 26 & GR 2 Intersection Improvements Municipal Class EA Study

Public Information Centre - Presentation (April 24, 2014) - Hwy 26 & GR 2

Project File Report (PFR)

Notice of Completion

Preferred Solution

Based on the evaluation of the alternatives and the comments received from stakeholders, agencies and interested parties, the preferred solution identified is Signalized Control. The preferred solution includes the following:

•Signalization at Highway 26 / Grey Road 2 / Lakeshore Road and addition of left turn lanes on the west, north and south approaches.
•Realignment of Lakeshore Road to the Highway 26 / Grey Road 2 intersection and closure of the easterly Lakeshore Road access at Highway 26 with retention of an emergency access at this location.
•Realignment of Georgian Trail to cross at the Highway 26 / Grey Road 2 signalized intersection.
•Realignment of Clark Street to the south with stop control at the new intersection with Grey Rd.2. 

Should there be a change in the project environment, e.g., a change in funding, a 2?lane, 4?leg roundabout could be considered as a secondary alternative for traffic control at the Highway 26 / Grey Road 2 intersection. Implementation of this alternative prior to the implementation of the preferred alternative, or within 10 years of this EA, would require an amendment to the current EA with mitigation of the greater environmental impacts of this alternative


Public Comments

Public Comments on the PFR are to be submitted by 4:30pm March 6, 2017.
Please provide coments by emailing HWY26GR2EA@RJBURNSIDE.COM, or by contacting either of the following Project Team members:

Mr. Ron Kerr
Project Manager
R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited
3 Ronell Crescent 
Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 4J6
Telephone: (705) 797-4293 ext.
Fax: (705) 446-2399

Mr. Reg Russwurm, MBA. P.Eng
Director of Infrastructure & Public Works
Town of The Blue Mountains
32 Mill Street, P.O. Box 310
Thornbury, Ontario, N0H 2P0
Telephone: (519)599-3131 x 260
Fax: 519-599-7723

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved through discussion with the Town of The Blue Mountains, the person/party with the concern may submit a written request to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment (referred to as a “Part II Order”), which addresses individual environmental assessments.  Written requests for a Part II Order must be received by the Minister by 4:30pm, March 6, 2017.  A copy of the written request for Part II Order should also be sent to the Director, Environmental Approvals Branch and to the Town of The Blue Mountains project team by this time and date.  If no request is received, the Town of The Blue Mountains intends to proceed with detailed design and construction subject to Provincial and Municipal priorities and budgets.

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Floor 11, 77 Wellesley St. W.
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2T5
Fax: 416-314-8452

Director, Environmental Approvals Branch
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
135 St. Clair Ave West, 1st Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 1P5