District council concerned about communication for Muskoka marathon

At the Muskoka District Council meeting on September 26, 2022, councilors were briefed on updates on the Bracebridge Road closure for the Muskoka Marathon on October 1, 2022.

Mayor Rick Maloney said the City has received public concerns over the past 3-4 days regarding the closure. He added: “People have to go out and do their business.”

Public Works and Engineering Commissioner James Steel said: ‘The plan now is that Santa’s Village Road will have 1 lane closed Saturday morning until afternoon, Golden Beach Road and Highway 117 will be closed. maintained during the event, and Beaumont Road will be a one-way morning through afternoon, and Steven’s Bay Road will be a one-way trip to Beaumont Road.

Maloney added: “There will be instances where residents will be transporting livestock and not wanting to take a stagecoach from the area for obvious reasons.”

Steele said he communicated with the resident, who will be escorted, and others who can, “ask when they are due out and will also be escorted.”

Councilor Archie Buie asked if the communication has been made available to the public about speed limit enforcement.

Steele said: “Door-to-door directions for resident owners so they know what to expect, along with housing signs regarding traffic control and speed limit warning signs .”

Councilor Don Smith said: ‘I only became aware of the circumstances on Friday of this Saturday’s event. Lack of communication is a huge problem. And he expressed concern that Stagecoach Road was narrow and steep.

Steele assured the Council: “The lessons learned for this event and the opportunities to improve the way we manage and communicate with the public, and the discussions will be organized, that is, without using Beaumont, at the ‘coming.” He said a manager drove on Stagecoach Road to assess conditions and felt the route was reasonable. But we can drive bigger vehicles if they contact the organizers.

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