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This study will follow the approved environmental planning process for Group “B” projects under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities 1999, as amended in 2000, with the opportunity for public input throughout the study.

Public consultation is key to Group 'B' projects and the public is encouraged to provide input at any point during this project. To facilitate public involvement Public Information Centres (PIC) will be held and key study stages. The PICs will provide residents, members of the public and interest groups with an opportunity to review, comment on, and discuss the project with members of the project team. Please refer to the Consultation page of this website for additional details.

The overall Environmental Assessment planning process approach and key tasks are illustrated in the diagram below. This process will consist of two major phases; Functional Planning and Preliminary Design.

Functional Planning:

  1. Identify structural and transportation issues
  2. Generate and evaluate different ways to address the issues
  3. Generate and evaluate different design alternatives
  4. Select a preferred alternative

Preliminary Design:

  1. Examine concept design alternatives to refine the preferred alternative
  2. Prepare the Preliminary Design / Impacts and Mitigation Measures
  3. Prepare and file the Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR)
The schedule that will be followed is illustrated in the diagram below:

Upon completion of the study, a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) was prepared and made available for a 45 day public review period, beginning June 4, 2013. The TESR public review period was announced in local and regional newspapers and on this website. The notice will announce the beginning of the 45 day public review period and notified the public of their right to submit a request for a Part II Order (“bump-up”) to the Minister of the Environment when concerns cannot be resolved. All interested persons were encouraged to review the document and provide comments.

The 45-day public review period for the Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) ended on July 19, 2013. The Project Team responded to all comments received during the review period and there were no Ministry of the Environment (MOE) approved Part II Order requests. Therefore, the project has met the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act through the completion of this Group “B” Class EA for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000).

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) may now proceed to design and construct the project, subject to addressing any commitments documented in the TESR and obtaining any outstanding environmental approvals during the subsequent design phases.

Note: As of December 16, 2013 this website is for information purposes only and no further updates will be made.

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