Updated Hwy. 3 Plans go before Kingsville Town Council 


Updated plans for widening Hwy. 3 will be presented to Kingsville Town Council Tuesday night.

Representatives from the Ministry of Transportation have amended the assessment first started back in 2006. That proposal already called for Hwy. 3 to be expanded to four lanes with a 15-metre grass median over 15-kilometers from Arner Townline to Union Avenue. 

Changes going before council include the installation of traffic signals at Belle River Road and Essex Road 18 along with the closures of the Cameron Side Road, Marsh Road, Upcott Side Road and Graham Side Road intersections.

Mayor Nelson Santos says residents will be pleased to see dangerous areas "where we saw a significant number of collisions ... that are a concern where we lost a number of lives from our community" have been addressed.

He says the closure of some low traffic intersections could stir up some debate.

"Some are welcome but there are others that really provide for quite an inconvenience and concern for the agricultural community where they connect properties," he says.

It's a great sign that Premier Doug Ford's following through on his promiseaccording to Santos.

"The idea is to finish the job we started and it's very positive to see the response that we've seen down here for this important stretch of Hwy. 3," says Santos.

There have been several fatal crashes on the highway from Essex to Leamington that sees as many as 17,300 vehicles each day, according to the province.

Santos says a presentation will go to Leamington's council next to review changes to its stretch of Hwy. 3.

Kingsville Town Council gets underway Tuesday at 6 p.m.