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County Road 53 Widening

UPDATED: July 27, 2023​​​​​

The County of Simcoe is proposing improvements to County Road 53 (5th Sideroad) from County Road 21 (Innisfil Beach Road) to the City of Barrie south limits. The subject section of road was identified for widening from two to four lanes in the County's 2014 Transportation Master Plan Update. The proposed works are to resurface and widen the road to increase its capacity, improve existing lane configurations at intersections, upgrade drainage features, review illumination needs and address safety concerns. The improvements are necessary to support the arterial function of the road and accommodate planned growth in the area. 

Key Dates

  • Public Information Centre – April/May 2023 
  • Utility Relocations - Scheduled to be completed 2025
  • Tender Release - Winter 2025
  • Construction Commencement - Spring 2026​​

Public Information Centre 


Public Information Centre Slides

Public Comments​

Public comments are now closed for the first Public Information Centre. Further opportunities to provide input on this project will be available in the future. Dates for the second Public Information Centre are to be determined.​

​Study Report

​The Class EA process, the development and evaluation of the options, and derivation of the preferred solution, have been documented in a Class EA report.​ Interested persons are encouraged to review the report and provide written comments within the 30-day review period from August 1, 2023 to August 31, 2023, directed to the project contacts below.

​Project Contacts


County of Simcoe 
1110 Highway 26 
Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0 
Claire Walker, P.Eng. PMP
Project Engineer 
(705) 726-9300 x1168

Tatham Engineering Limited
200 Sandford Fleming Drive, Suite 200
Collingwood, ON L9Y 5A6
John Velick, P.Eng
Project Manager
(705) 444-2565 x2110

If concerns arise regarding this project, which cannot be resolved in discussion with the County, you may request that the Minister of the Environment Conservation and Parks make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments. Requests are to be submitted to the Minister, and copied to the County, before the end of the review period. If there is not a request received by August 31, 2023, the project may proceed based on the identified preferred solution.

The Honourable David Piccini
Minister of the Environment Conservation and Parks
5775 Yonge Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M2M 4J1