Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka approached the Honorable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, today to request a meeting to address concerns over the safety of Provincial Highway 559. Miller also presented the Minister with a package of letters from constituents in the Township of Carling illustrating their worries about the road.
“I have heard from many residents and tourists who frequent the area and they are very concerned about the safety of all road users because of the road surface and dangerous sightlines,” said Miller.
Built as an asphalt highway, recent repairs have been downgraded to substitute tar and chip surface treatments, which in combination with winding, narrow lanes and heavy traffic aggravate concerns for pedestrians and cyclists who are often forced to use the road as adequate shoulders are not always available.
Located at the end of Highway 559 is the only gate to the ever popular Killbear Provincial Park, which saw over 315, 000 visitors during the summer season of 2016. Within the park is the Killbear Recreation Trail and 18 km away at the other end of the highway is the proposed Ontario Cycle Network trail. The safety concerns surrounding Highway 559 need to be addressed to create a continuous and safe cycling trail.
With these goals in mind Miller simultaneously launched a petition to support the long-term goal for Provincial Highway 559 to be redesigned with safe sightlines and bike lanes and to be rebuilt with asphalt. Copies of the petition can be found in Mr. Miller’s constituency offices, on his website at www.normmillermpp.ca, and at the Township of Carling offices.
“I encourage all residents with concerns about Highway 559 to sign the petition or write to me so I can continue to voice their concerns,” said Miller.