Major roadworks planned for 118


People advised to remove docks

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is advising people who live on Highway 118 between Carnarvon and Haliburton to remove docks and related structures in advance of planned roadworks.

Project manager Judith Baldasaro confirmed the deadline for removal is Sept. 15.

She said that would allow the ministry enough time to prepare the area for utility relocation work. 

The MTO is planning a rehabilitation of the highway, from Highway 35 east to 0.7 km west of Haliburton County Road 21, a stretch of 23.4 km.

According to a letter sent to affected residents, dated Aug. 31, the MTO said AECOM is finalizing a detail design study. It said improvements will include: slope stabilization works at Head Lake; highway resurfacing; culvert repair and replacement; drainage improvements; treatment of frost heaves and distortion areas; guiderail replacement or adjustment and intersection improvements at Kennisis Lake Road. The slope stabilization works involve placement of rock fill along the highway embankment.

“This project is being undertaken to improve the pavement condition, ride quality, safety and operational characteristics of Highway 118,” Baldasaro said.

She said utility relocation is scheduled to begin in October with construction scheduled to begin in 2021, pending funding, clearances and approvals.

As for owners removing docks and other infrastructure, she said, any “remaining after Sept. 15 will be removed and disposed of by the ministry to ensure the utility relocation work is not delayed. The ministry will not be reinstating the docks and related structures.”

Anyone seeking more information can contact Baldasaro at 705-497-6936 or


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