Photos by Barry Wallace
Bathurst Street punching through
Bathurst Street is pictured above, looking south from the Graham Sideroad, in the Holland Marsh, east of Bradford. Not only is Bathurst Street being widened by the Region of York, but it is being pushed through the forest on top of the Oak Ridges Moraine, where it has been closed and overgrown for decades..
When I was a young lad and owned a 1961 Austen-Healey Sprite, I would go hill-climbing on Bathurst Street with my sports car, along with my similarly-minded King City buddies. We would head south from the marsh, making several sharp turns, up through numerous ruts and gullies (with wheels spinning if it had recently rained) until we reached the top of the moraine. Bulldozers are now reclaiming that section of the old Bathurst street but they are doing it in a much straighter fashion.
Bathurst Street is seen all the way from Dufferin Street making its slow, upward climb through the Oak Ridges Moraine forest. Motorists will eventually be able to head north unimpeded on Bathurst Street, from Hwy 9 to Hwy 11 (Yonge Street), east of Bradford. Progress...of a sort...I suppose.
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