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Left turn lanes are being added, and other improvements are being made to Highway 34 around Perreault Street in Vankleek Hill. Photo: James Morgan

Left turn lanes being added to Highway 34 at north end of Vankleek Hill

Drivers should prepare for some road work on Highway 34 at the north end of Vankleek Hill in October.

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) is having a continuous two way left turn lane, and dedicated left-turn lanes at Perrault Street installed along the highway.  The work is to begin on October 1 and be completed by December 4.  The work zone is from 160 metres south of Perrault Street to 290 metres north of Perrault Street.

According to Champlain Township Public Works Director James McMahon, the reason for the work is to accommodate the additional traffic anticipated for the Tim Hortons that will soon open next to the Foodland store.

CoCo Paving is performing the road work at a cost of $1.56 million.  MTO Regional Communications Coordinator Brandy Duhaime explained that the developer of the Tim Hortons is paying for some of the cost, but the majority of it is being covered by the MTO.  She said that the amount the developer is paying cannot be disclosed due to a legal agreement it has with the ministry.

In addition to paving and new left-turn lanes, the road work on Highway 34 near Perreault Street in Vankleek Hill will also include new ditching, culvert replacement, and reconstruction of a private entrance from the road.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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