Introduction
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.

Study Process
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.

Public Consultation
The County wishes to ensure that anyone interested in this study has the opportunity to be involved and provide input. At the present time, the Province of Ontario has implemented a State of Emergency requiring measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, including restrictions on public gatherings. As a result, this Public Information Centre is relying on web-based communications. The online PIC will include a series of exhibits that present background information, preliminary design alternatives and next steps. Comments on the information presented can be provided by contacting the County or consultant project manager’s email addresses listed below.

The Online Public Information Centre (PIC) is scheduled for:

November 9, 2020 to November 23, 2020

Exhibits, background information, preliminary design alternatives and other PIC materials will be posted on the County website under ‘County Notices’ on November 9.

Once you have reviewed the PIC exhibits, please submit your comments using the Arterial Road / Hwy 6 Interchange Feedback Submission Form.

There is an 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 Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 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 notice, email notice and posting on the County website.

For more information or if you wish to be placed on the study’s email mailing list, contact either:

Steve Taylor, P.Eng.
EA Project Manager
BT Engineering Inc. 509 Talbot Street
London, ON N6A 2S5
Tel: 519-672-2222

Kris Franklin
Manager – Haldimand County Engineering Services
53 Thorburn Street South
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0
Tel: 905-318-5932 ext.6438