26 Jul

County to study condition and rehabilitation options for County Road 49

Picton – The County of Prince Edward will conduct a study to assess the road condition and develop rehabilitation options for County Road 49.

“As a major access route, County Road 49 is one of our highest infrastructure priorities,” says Mayor Robert Quaiff. “This detailed study is necessary as we seek to develop a funding strategy for rehabilitating the road.”

The County has contracted Associated Engineering (Ontario) Ltd. to conduct the study. The detailed report will assess the current road condition and, considering its use and safety, provide options with cost estimates for rehabilitation of the road from civic address 667 County Road 49 to County Road 15, approximately 17.3 km.

“The County requires financial assistance from upper levels of government for the rehabilitation project, given the length of the road and its poor state of condition,” Mayor Quaiff says. “We have shared that message in meetings with Ministry of Transportation (MTO) officials. Based on the feedback we have received from the MTO, this technical study will better support our grant applications in the future.”

Associated Engineering will host a public information centre (PIC) in The County following the completion of an interim report. After the PIC, Associated Engineering will complete the study and submit the final report to the municipality. 

Built in 1965 and opened in 1966, the former Highway 49 was constructed to connect Picton with the 401. The road extends 18,633 metres, 17,493 metres of which is concrete pavement. It serves commercial traffic, facilitates The County`s tourism and hospitality sector, and supports many County residents as they go about their day-to-day lives. The roadway was downloaded to The County and became County Road 49 in 1998.  

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca