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When we were @ Grundy Lake there was some construction activity (logging right now) between the Hwy 69 & 522 junction & Key River. Not sure how this will affect TOP C & C105D in the future. In 2014, TOP C passed under Hwy 69 using the bridge over the CN tracks.

 

http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/Industry-News/transportation/2015/06/Contractor-lands-railway,-bridge-building-contract.aspx

 

 

 

Contractor lands railway, bridge-building contract
By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Aecon Construction and Materials has been awarded a $19.4-million contract for a Highway 69-related project in the Henvey Inlet area.

The Toronto contractor will begin work shortly to realign 2.7 kilometres of CN railway tracks and build three new highway bridges at Highway 522 north of Henvey Inlet. The project will make room for an interchange at highways 69 and 522. Completion is anticipated in 2017.

The Highway 69 four-laning project between Sudbury and Parry Sound is categorized by Queen’s Park as the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history with spending of more than $130 billion over 10 years.

There are currently two major four-laning contracts underway on Highway 69 north of the French River, totalling 20 kilometres.

 

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Its a long story. right now is relocate the rr tracks, put in service roads, etc,  in the end we get a underpass for the groomer, part of the old rail bed and groom part of the existing highway that will be surplus property,

 

But that could change?

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Bringing an old tread back to life.

 

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Lots of blasting in the area around 69 & 522. Construction (hauling rock) the whole stretch north to French River Inn & the Hwy 607 intersection. 

 

Will there be any reroutes from last season on TOP C in this area?

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As of this moment I'm assuming the C trail through the construction area between Hartley Bay Rd and hwy 522 will be similar to last season. Until we meet with Aecom and the MTO in late November will we know for sure. 

Working on opening up the C trail from C105D down to the Key River for gas. This is important gas stop when going south and east towards Port Loring.

 

The MTO screwed us last season, now the club has to fix it at there expense.

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Will the Key River gas station remain open after twinning is completed? So many seem to close.  

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11 hours ago, Canuck said:

Will the Key River gas station remain open after twinning is completed? So many seem to close.  

I didnt notice any bridge construction at this point. At the Pickerel River a new steel span can be seen west of Smith's

 

The Pickerel River Motel looks to have had new siding installed. Google says it's closed.

 

At the French River, I think site prep' is taking shape just east of the current 69 truss bridge.

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Heading north today & there is major work going on @ the French River. I'll post some pics later. North of the 69/607 intersection a culvert was constructed under the new grade (several feet higher than the existing highway) that appears to allow the passage of a groomer.

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New bridge construction at French River:

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The dark section on the extreme right is a steel span already in place:

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Notice the size of pickup just south of the culvert:

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On 8/7/2019 at 8:42 PM, revrnd said:

 .... that appears to allow the passage of a groomer.

 

Interesting question for Club rep at the snowmobile show.

 

In the right conditions, staging out of Sudbury and heading out for a day trip into this area is wonderful. Then do the usual Sudbury loops on the other days.

 

(I know, Sledjunk - they don't groom to the Moonlight Inn or Chateau Guay hotels ...but if they did! LOL). That area's grooming pattern has been odd last couple of years. Two hotel map sponsors and Royal Dist down the street (also a sponsor) - and bone / soul crushing trails in the vicinity. We won't even take sleds off the trailer upon arrival until we hear from hotel residents/sledders. Much easier to just trailer to STP yard ..return at night).

 

Anyhow, glad that 400 extension is making the drive north safer.

 

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