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Update – Temporary Road Closure – County Road 56 August – October 2023

Midhurst/ August 30, 2023 – County Road 56 north of County Road 21 in Essa Township will be inaccessible for north- and southbound traffic for approximately 10 weeks, effective immediately.

The County closed County Road 56 south of County Road 21 on August 28 for work on the roundabout project. To help ensure the safety of workers and the traveling public, the closure has been expanded.   

Local residents and emergency services have been kept informed through the County’s construction newsletters. These closures are a necessary part of the County’s investment to build up transportation infrastructure and improve traffic flow and safety. Temporary road closures for construction result in a shorter schedule, reduced cost, reduced traffic impacts, and a safer work environment for the contractor.

Detour routes using County roads will be posted. Access will be maintained for local residents and businesses.

All drivers are reminded to be safe, follow signage instructions and speed limits, and use caution when driving through the construction zone. If possible, drivers are advised to avoid the area while closures are in place.

About the County Road 56 Roundabout Project

The County is currently constructing a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of County Roads 56 and 21. There will also be improvements made to storm water drainage, and lighting will be installed. These improvements will enhance public safety through grade changes to improve sightlines at the intersection. The reconstruction will also improve traffic flow in the area. Learn more about the project and traffic impacts at <<< Add Link to {Page Name}>>>.

About County of Simcoe

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Department
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)