No neighbourly help to rebuild Plympton-Wyoming’s Douglas Line

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The second phase of construction on Douglas Line will go ahead this year, but Plympton-Wyoming won’t be getting help from its neighbour to foot the bill.
Last year, after Suncor Energy and NextEra were done building the Cedar Point Wind project near Camlachie, the municipality and the companies took a look at Douglas Line, which was used to transport the heavy turbines.
The road was heavily damaged and Suncor got to work fixing some of the roadway, as it was supposed to under a Road Use Agreement signed with the municipality.
It completed the work and laid a single coat of asphalt.
But there was structural work that needed to be done all along the road between Brush and Forest Roads. Councillors knew it would be expensive and considered returning the road to gravel.
But now the municipality has hired JHL Excavating to complete the road work at a cost of about $365,000.
The first phase of the construction will receive a second coat of asphalt and Douglas Line between Brush and Forest Road will be reconstructed and then receive two coats of asphalt.
Plympton-Wyoming had budgeted $400,000 for the work.
But it had also recently asked its neighbouring municipality, Lambton Shores if it would help pay the cost of the road which is heavily used too by their people heading to the lake.
Lambton Shores wrote back and said no. It believes local municipalities should pay for their own road work.