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MAC Summer Show Asks For Funding To Help With Traffic Issues

Posted: 2019-01-22 09:18:00 By: hbr

Traffic troubles have Muskoka Arts and Crafts (MAC) looking for funding from the Town of Bracebridge.

During last week’s Bracebridge council meeting, a request was submitted from the MAC for $10,000 to help alleviate some of those traffic concerns.

As a major event on the calendar in Bracebridge since it began in 1963, the MAC Summer Show draws up to 20,000 people to the area. However, last year’s show saw “significant traffic-related issues.” The chief problem was MAC’s inability to secure “paid duty” OPP officers as they have in previous years.

While MAC will continue to pursue the OPP officers, they said they need to consider alternative measures. Among those would be the installation of temporary traffic lights at the corner of Wellington Street and Santa’s Village Road.

Mayor Graydon Smith said council will consider the request but he and the CAO were also continuing talks with the OPP on how to best secure more paid duty officers.