Construction on Simcoe St. could cause traffic woes for campus commuters

Construction is coming to the intersection of Simcoe Street and Winchester Road.

People who come to Durham College and UOIT from the north via Simcoe Street could be experiencing delays this month until December.

It is due to a $5 million roadwork project that is taking place this year at the intersection of Simcoe Street and Winchester Road.

“Students travelling to Durham College and UOIT from the north should be aware that lanes on Simcoe Street may be reduced to a single lane when necessary,” says Melissa Westover, communications co-ordinator for The Regional Municipality of Durham, in an email. “We do not anticipate any full road closures as part of the intersection reconstruction work at Simcoe Street and Winchester Road this year.”

The roadwork will entail the widening of two lanes on Simcoe St. to five as well as adding new gutters, curbs, street lights and traffic signals.

The goal of this project is to accommodate the ever-increasing flow traffic for the intersection. It is estimated that more than 11,500 cars pass through Simcoe daily as well as more than 14,600 cars on Winchester.

But Westover says that these numbers were gathered before the opening of the interchange of Highway 407 and Simcoe Street.

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