The good news is that the Toronto- bound lanes of the Skyway Bridge are , once again, open for business.
But the shut down of that bridge last weekend, underscored the importance of roads to the Ontario economy.
To those ideologically inclined government officials and commentators who say we don’t need any more roads , look at the gridlock that occurred .
And for the record, other forms of goods movement such as rail and air and water and already being used by industry, but highways still matter.
This Provincial government needs to renew their commitment for a Mid Penn Highway from Fort Erie to connect with the 400 series highways near Cambridge.
We always seem to frame our debates about transportation as an ‘either/ or ‘ scenario .
We either build better public transit or better roads.
As long as we’re stuck in that kind of ideological tug of war, we’re never going to move forward.
Sadly , the debate has been dominated by people on both sides who are unwilling to see the folly of their entrenched position.
We need a government that will invest in both.
We need massive investment in public transit, within cities and connecting cities.
But the Skyway Bridge closure should serve as a stark reminder that road infrastructure is, and will continue to be, a key component of our economy and our lifestyle for some time to come.