City, region taking legal action over proposed highway

Dennis Smith - The Burlington Post June 13, 2003

It's full speed ahead for Burlington and Halton's legal action against the province.

A judicial review over the mid-peninsula highway will likely be filed today (Friday), said Burlington's city manager yesterday.

"We received a letter from the Ministry of Transportation on Thursday at 10 a.m. and the regional and city staff reviewed it," said Tim Dobbie. "But we don't feel what they offered was sufficient to meet our needs, so we're not going to delay issuing the action."

Burlington and Halton are claiming unreasonable explanations for creating the highway and a process that has shown little regard for Halton residents' interests.

City council members fear the proposed highway from Niagara to Halton/Hamilton will be connected to Hwy. 407 in Burlington.

Dobbie said it'll be a couple of weeks before hearing dates are set, but he expects the case will be heard sometime in July.

Burlington sought changes to the mid-peninsula environmental assessment process and a more thorough study of all reasonable alternatives for the area, such as transit.

Halton regional councillors recently voted to support the lawsuit.

Discussions will continue with the ministry of transportation, said Dobbie. "They did make some offers, but we didn't think they went far enough."

Ministry officials have described the project as the mid-peninsula transportation corridor and say it could include a new highway, transit way or both.

They have warned a highway may be needed to serve major increases forecast for population and traffic growth between Toronto and Niagara.

Four choices are being considered for the local connection with the mid-peninsula highway, including Hwy. 407 near Walker's Line, an expanded Hwy. 403 on Hamilton Mountain, Hwy. 401 west of Milton and Hwy. 6 in Flamborough.

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