Road closures into day five
in Kincardine area
By Liz Dadson
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Mountain of snow on the northwest corner of Highway 21 and the 12th of Huron-Kinloss, Wednesday afternoon
Blowing snow along the 12th of Huron-Kinloss, looking west from Highway 21
A sunny break, looking southwest from the intersection of Highway 21 and the 12th of Huron-Kinloss, Wednesday afternoon
High bank of snow at Boiler Beach Road and Goderich Street, Wednesday afternoon
A snowy sunset over Lake Huron, looking from Boiler Beach Road, Huron-Kinloss ...
... and from Goderich Street, Kincardine
Roads in the Kincardine area, particularly Highway 21, have now been closed more than they've been open in the past week.
Since Jan. 1, the roads have been closed a total of eight days, including the three-day blizzard, Jan. 6-8.
The recent closures began Friday, Jan. 24, with Highways 9 and 21, followed by all roads in Bruce and Huron counties. There was a brief reprieve Sunday, Jan. 26, when most of the area roads were finally opened, including Highway 21.
However, by Monday morning, Jan. 27, there were more road closures, school bus cancellations and school closures. And that has persisted through to Wednesday, Jan. 29, with no real relief in sight.
As of Wednesday at 8 p.m., South Bruce OPP report that Highway 21 remains closed, from Amberley to Goderich, and from Kincardine to Springmount (just south of Owen Sound); and Highway 9 is closed, from Kincardine to Walkerton.
All Bruce County roads are open, with the exception of: Bruce Road 86 from Lucknow to Amberley; Bruce Road 15 from Glammis to Highway 21; Bruce Road 6 from Bruce Road 1 to Highway 21; and Bruce Road 10 from Tara to Highway 21.
The closures are in effect due to high wind, blowing snow, and poor visibility to absolute white-outs. Not all roads will have a physical barricade in place, but motorists are asked to respect the closures and avoid these 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.
The South Bruce OPP is currently dealing with motor vehicle collisions and stranded motorists in near white-out conditions. Police are urging motorists to not travel until the storm passes.
Do not call police for road/weather conditions; this is not a service that we provide. 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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Wednesday, January 29, 2014