Monday, November 17, 2014

The inexorable widening of Bathurst Street

 Photos by Barry Wallace
Bathurst Street, north of the Morning Sideroad, separating King Township and Newmarket, is seen above showing the preliminary widening of the road and the newly installed hydro lines.   Bathurst Street, north of this point, has been closed for decades (see sign below).

The closed section of Bathurst Street between the Morning Sideroad and the Holland Marsh was open back in the 1960s and early 1970s, and was known then as the 'Devil's Elbow'.   The 'Devil's Elbow' was a steep, winding track with sharp cut-backs and deep gravel ruts that provided a popular hill-climbing course for  drivers of sportscars (mine was a '61 Austin-Healey Sprite).   Below is the view looking south on Bathurst Street towards the Morning Sideroad and beyond that: Hwy. 9.   On the left are the new towering hydro lines which give another indication of the eventual width of Bathurst.   A handful of homes are to lose chunks of treed privacy as a result of the widening on the east side of the road.

Approximately two kilometres south of Hwy. 11 (near Bradford) and looking southward, the widened and paved Bathurst Street comes to a halt on the north slope of the King Ridge (the Oak Ridges Moraine).   When the southern and northern portions of Bathurst Street are reunited, atop 'The Ridge', the passage of wildlife will become newly perilous.

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Barry Wallace     

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