Paris truck bypass estimated at less than $2 million.
Don Drackley, a consultant with IBI, presented a draft report to the county's Public Works Committee on Sept. 14.
Seven hundred trucks drive through Paris on an average day, down busy Grand River Street North, over three pedestrian cross walks, past a high school and through Paris' downtown shopping district. While 70 per cent of trucks need to go downtown to make deliveries, 30 per cent could be diverted around the town with a bypass adding 10 to 15 more minutes to their travel time but reducing the danger to Paris' pedestrians, shoppers and drivers.
The route would send southbound trucks off Pinehurst Road, also known as Highway 24A, and on to Drumbo Road, Ayr Road, Keg Lane, Brant-Oxford Road, King Edward Street, also known as Highway 2, and on to Rest Acres Road.
A bonus for the proposed new route is the avoidance of a lengthy and costly environmental assessment and appeal process since intersection and signage improvements are considered environmentally pre-approved.