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Killarney getting road upgrade

Hartley Bay Road will get realignment, guardrails
Fourteen kilometres of Hartley Bay Road in the Municipality of Killarney will undergo rehabilitation work, straightening the road, adding guardrails and posting safety signs. (Municipality of Killarney photo)

Major realignment work is slated for Hartley Bay Road in the Municipality of Killarney, located southwest of Sudbury.

Fourteen kilometres of Hartley Bay Road, which leads from Highway 69 into the waterfront hamlet, will undergo rehabilitation work at a cost of $2.5 million.

The work includes the realignment of an estimated 175 metres of road to remove blind curves, the replacement of three culverts, the installation of approximately 550 feet of guardrail, and the posting of additional safety signs along sharp curves.

The federal government is providing $1.3 million for the project, the province is contributing $762,000, and the municipality will provide $398,000 for the project.

Funding for the federal portion of the project, which was announced on Aug. 21, comes from the Canada Infrastructure Grant.

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“Once complete, the Hartley Bay Road rehabilitation will result in a safer and more efficient roadway for residents and visitors,” Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré said in a news release.

“This investment will help stimulate economic development for local businesses and enhance tourism so that many more can safely visit the beautiful Nickel Belt-Greater Sudbury region."

Killarney is primarily known as a tourist region, housing the 645-square-kilometre Killarney Provincial Park on the shores of Georgian Bay.

Popular with the artists of the Group of Seven – who were instrumental in pushing the province to establish the area as a provincial park in 1964 – the area draws visitors for its hiking, canoeing, kayaking and sightseeing experiences.