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County Road 43 expansion: tree removal underway, project overseers announced

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The first steps towards making County Road 43 a four-lane road are being taken in Kemptville.

Work has begun to clear space for the extra lanes. Workers from the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville are removing some trees between County Road 44 and Colonnade Drive in Kemptville. 

Bill Guy, the United Counties’ Manager of Engineering and Operations, says between 85 and 100 trees will be removed in total, and new trees will be planted nearby to replace them.

Guy says that work should be finished before the end of March, and it isn’t expected to have any impact on traffic. 

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More trees are expected to be removed along County Road 43 starting next February, and Guy says the United Counties will plant an equal amount to compensate.

Meanwhile, the United Counties has also announced McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers, a Toronto-based firm founded in 1990, will be overseeing the expansion. 

Rick Kester, the Director of Public Works for the United Counties, says McIntosh Perry was the least expensive option, costing $2.2-million, and the highest rated organization by United Counties staff. 

He also says the company will be creating a communications committee within the next few weeks, to help get the word out about traffic delays, progress updates, and any road closures caused by the construction.

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