The city’s auto-collision-repair industry could take a hit starting next week.
That’s when one of Orillia’s most dangerous intersections becomes history as access to Harvie Settlement Road from Old Barrie Road closes for good.
The move to close the Harvie Settlement access point Wednesday is part of a realignment plan Mayor Steve Clarke said is needed to not only improve safety, but also to allow for future and ongoing development of the area, including a nearby Costco location slated to open later this year.
“We had to do this before we could do more than contemplate development in west Orillia,” Clarke said, referring to the overall Old Barrie Road intersection improvement project.
“The project began last year and in April that project will be ramped up again. It’s a dangerous area and this will mitigate a lot of the problems. It’s a high-risk intersection.”
Two alternate access routes to get to homes and businesses located along Harvie Settlement Road are already available with one option located north from West Ridge Boulevard and another from Diana Drive off University Avenue.
One of the affected businesses has already begun letting customers know about the change.
“We understand why it had to be closed,” said Kim Wallace, sales manager of Green Storage (formerly Orillia Storage). “It will impact us a little until people get used to the route.”
And while drivers using GPS will still be directed to access the storage business via a closed road, signage will be in place to help send people to the new access points, according to Orillia engineering and transportation manager Wes Cyr.
“We’ve been working with them (businesses and…
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