Summary of the PIC held in Campbellford (as I see it)…..
The Engineer’s preferred action calls for building a new ramp, an overpass ramp and a bridge along the Second/Alma streets, in a confirmed historic residential area, which will directly affect some 30 or more homes (where the owners do not want to sell) as opposed to widening the current bridge which will affect the rental apartments and the business space availability on the ground floors thereof, in the old confirmed non-historical buildings along the north side of the current bridge (where the owners are willing to sell).
Although this new bridge will be a County bridge with cost associated being paid through the County Budget, the Municipality of Trent Hills is to pay for a significant portion of the arterial road network. This extra road network costs are yet to be determined. Furthermore confirmation will be made to construct the new ramp, an overpass ramp and a bridge, but no guaranties will be made to re-build the current bridge at it’s location when the time comes.
This Second/Alma Bridge proposal has also identified Second Street as a place for growth for new businesses to open up along this new transportation corridor. A corridor that will also encompass the re-alignment of Alma & Simpson Street, to act as an alternate throughway for traffic to join up with Highway 30 North out of Campbellford. This Alma & Simpson Street corridor will also offer places for more new businesses to locate in a similar manner as the proposal for Second Street.
This proposal… is planning to build a bridge to accommodate an aging population that will be driving fewer cars, to a future where internet sales are affecting the viability of brick & mortar stores and thus decreasing the need for new business development locations…. in short, this future plan designed for the next 50 years, would have worked 50 years ago.
The Newspapers will have reports over the next week, talk among your fellow merchants and a membership survey will be forth coming shortly.