Notice of Study Commencement and Electronic Public Info Centre for Highway 148 (East of Greenwood Road to the Quebec Border)

NOTICE OF STUDY

Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment

Highway 148 (Greenwood Road to the Quebec Border)

County of Renfrew (G.W.P. 239-0-00)

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) has retained Morrison Hershfield (MH) to undertake the Detail Design and Environmental Assessment Study for the rehabilitation of Highway 148 at Greenwood Road to the Quebec Border in the County of Renfrew. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the Study and to invite your input. 

This project generally includes: 

• Pavement rehabilitation;
• 2.5 m paved shoulders along the highway;
• New right-turn lane at Hazley Bay Drive;
• Drainage improvements; and
• Removal of the existing CPR overhead structure and replacement with a culvert.
 
In order to facilitate the replacement of the CPR Bridge, a short-term closure of Highway 148 between Hazley Bay Drive and Greenwood Road will be implemented. During this time traffic will be detoured along Hazley Bay Drive, Forest Park Road, Beachburg Road and Greenwood Road. Impacted property owners will be notified prior to the detour. 
 
THE PROCESS
 
This project has been classified as a Group 'B' undertaking under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) with the opportunity for public input throughout. A Transportation Environmental Study Report for the Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment for the project was prepared by the Ministry and completed in February 2018. 

Upon completion of this study, a Design and Construction Report (DCR) will be prepared and made available for a 30-day public review period. A Notification of Submission will be published in the local newspapers and letter notification will be sent directly to you. 
 
PROJECT WEBSITE
 
You are invited to visit the Highway 148 website for this Detail Design and Environmental Assessment Study. The website was developed as a method to provide information and to obtain input from those parties or groups with an interest in the project. The website provides information and a PowerPoint Presentation that includes study background, potential impacts, traffic detours associated with the temporary closure of Highway 148 and next steps. You are invited to review the website and submit comments between April 16, 2018 and May 3, 2018. 

The website to a_ccess the online project information can be found at the following address: 
 
COMMENTS

We are interested in hearing any comments or concerns that you may have with the study. Comments must be received (as directed below) no later then December 7, 2017. Please send any comments or requests to either of the following:

Mr. Chris Belanger, MTO Project Manager, Ministry of Transportation; 1355 John Counter Boulevard, Postal Bag 4000, Kingston, ON K7L 5A3; tel: 613-540-5187 toll-free: 1-800-267-0295; fax: 613-540-5106; e-mail: Chris.Belanger@ontario.ca

Mr. Allan Ortlieb, Consultant Project Manager, IBI Group; 100-175 Galaxy Boulevard, Toronto, ON M9W OC9; tel: 416-798-5480;fax: 416-675-4620; e-mail: Allan.Ortlieb@ibigroup.com

Comments and information are being collected to assist the MTO in meeting the requirements of the 'Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. If you have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in this project, please contact one of the project team members listed above.

Notice first posted: November 7, 2017

A pdf copy of the notice is also available for download from the Township website.  For viewing at the Township of Laurentian Valley Municipal Office, please note office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.