Haldimand County has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to develop a transportation plan for: a new arterial road between Argyle Street and McKenzie Road; and a new interchange on Highway 6 (Caledonia Bypass) at a location to be determined between Argyle Street and Sixth Line. The Study will evaluate alternative roadway alignments, intersection treatments and interchange locations/configurations and recommend a preferred plan to address local traffic needs within the Study Area. For this undertaking, the County is the Proponent responsible for the planning, design and implementation of future improvements as defined by the Environmental Assessment Act.
WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?
Road network improvements are required within the southern urban boundary of Caledonia to accommodate planned/proposed development south of the Grand River. Access between the areas north and south of the Grand River is constrained by the two river crossings (Argyle Street and Highway 6), and the lack of east-west arterial roads. A transportation management plan is required to identify improvements or new facilities (i.e. new corridor, interchange) that can safely and reliably serve all modes of travel including vehicular traffic, goods movement, cyclists and pedestrians.
This Study will be conducted as a Harmonized Municipal Schedule C Class Environmental Assessment and Group B Provincial Class Environmental Assessment meeting the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities respectively. The Study will complete all phases of the Class EA Processes by establishing the need and justification for the project, evaluating alternatives and selecting a preferred plan with consideration of effects on the natural, social and cultural environments.
A draft Study Design Report has been created. The draft Study Design Report describes the study background, approach and consultation programs.
There is opportunity at any time during the Class EA process for interested persons to provide comments. Early identification of individual and group concerns greatly aids in addressing these concerns. All information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (2009). With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Persons will be advised of future communication opportunities by newspaper public notices, notices on the project website and Canada Post/email mailing lists.
For more information, or if you wish to be placed on the study’s Canada Post / email mailing list, please contact either:
|Steve Taylor, P.Eng.|
EA Project Manager
BT Engineering Inc.
London, ON N6A 2S5
Manager – Engineering Services
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0
Tel: 905-318-5932 ext.6438