It doesn’t look like Timmins city council is going to approve a concrete barrier down the middle of Rae Hill, just east of Schumacher.

A report at last night’s council meeting

outlined what the project – as part of connecting link work this coming summer – would entail, and how much it would cost.

Valerie McGirr of the engineering firm Aecon said overall, the 800-metre long barrier would cost $2.4 million.

“A median barrier is not warranted on Highway 101,” she advised, “ and you have this reminder that unwarranted expenditures will reduce funds available for other work.”


Ward 2 Coun. Mickey Auger. Photo credit:

South Porcupine Councillor Mickey Auger strongly disagreed.  He recounted how he has been in two accidents on Rae Hill.  One was a head-on crash in which the other driver died.


“So I go through there all the time,” he said,” and I know the conditions of the road and I always said there should be a barrier on that road, because when you lose control of your car, you’re going to hit the wall and you’re not going to hit someone else head-on.  That’s the problem.  When you hit somebody head-on, you’re done.

The barrier comes back to council for a vote on February 5th.  Consensus seems to be not to install it.