Highway 21, Kincardine to Port Elgin closed for almost a week
By Liz Dadson


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High snowbanks and blowing snow cause problems for motorists along Highway 9, east of Highway 21, Kincardine, Thursday afternoon

Huge banks of snow along Highway 9, east of Highway 21

Highway 9 becomes heavily drifted with blowing snow, looking east of Bruce County Road 7 (the Ripley Road), Thursday afternoon

Incredibly high snowbanks along the south side of the Southline, Kincardine, Thursday afternoon

Traffic was on the move Thursday (Jan. 30) as a few more roads were open in the Kincardine area and the sun was shining.

However, Highway 21, from Kincardine to Port Elgin, remained closed, causing yet another day of school bus cancellations. This stretch of highway has been closed for almost a week.

It was first closed Friday, Jan. 24, was open Sunday, Jan. 26, closed again Monday, Jan. 27 and has been closed ever since.

Students at Kincardine District Secondary School have lost an entire week of school, given that Friday (Jan. 31) is a Professional Activity Day and there is no school for students in the Bluewater District School Board. Exams at KDSS have been rescheduled to Monday to Wednesday, Feb. 3-5, with the second semester beginning Thursday, Feb. 6

While plows worked hard to keep roads in Bruce County open, by Thursday evening, the persistent southwest wind had caused blowing and drifting snow, and many of those roads were closed again.

As of 8:32 p.m., the South Bruce OPP had closed the following roads due to blowing snow and poor to nil visibility:

  • Highway 21, from Kincardine to Springmount (just south of Owen Sound)
  • Highway 9, from Kincardine to Walkerton
  • Bruce County Road 86, from Highway 21 to Lucknow
  • Bruce County Road 3, from Mildmay to Highway 9
  • Bruce County Road 15, from Highway 21 to Bruce Count Road 3

The Bruce County roads department has pulled its snowplows off the roads for the night due to poor visibility throughout the county.

The South Bruce OPP is asking motorists to stay off the closed roads. The penalty for driving on a closed highway is a $110 fine and three demerit points, but the consequences can be far worse if you become involved in a collision, or stranded, in a white-out.

Do not call police for road/weather conditions; this is not a service that the OPP provides. For up-to-date road/weather information click here or call Bruce County Roads at 1-866-266-7569, option 2.


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Thursday, January 30, 2014