routes now considered for mid-peninsula highway
Proposal approaching next phase of study
Sep 30, 2002
local routes are in the race as the mid-peninsula highway study
drives towards the next phase.
Four other connections for the proposed new highway from Niagara
are being considered besides Burlington's Hwy. 407.
is very much a work in progress," said Fred Leech, a manager
with the Ministry of Transportation's planning branch. "There
are definitely quite a few more functional connections than there
used to be. We'll be evaluating all the alternatives."
routes presented at Thursday's open house include linkups with Hwy.
403 in Hamilton, Hwy. 401 east or west of Milton and Hwy. 6 in the
additional routes will be examined further by Ministry of Transportation
staff. They plan to finalize by early December which routes will
be included in the next study phase.
present our findings and say what works and what won't work, "We'll
be saying, 'Here's the study area we want to carry forward.' We'll
be asking for public input and then we'll finalize it."
comments about the choices describe the Hwy. 407 connection as addressing
transportation problems and opportunities. Other alternatives are
seen by the ministry as only partially addressing concerns.
what ministry officials listed as pros and cons of each of the five
local routes for the proposed highway.
with Hwy. 407 - This route would loop north of Waterdown and run
down the Niagara Escarpment to join Hwy. 407 near Walker's Line.
include its high potential to connect to major urban areas and existing/planned
transit systems. It's also a new alternate route to the QEW and
include requiring a new highway crossing of the escarpment, potential
pressure on Burlington's urban boundary and impacts to Burlington
and Flamborough rural areas.
Connection to Hwy. 401, west of Milton - After curving around Hamilton,
this route would angle west to the connection point.
option's benefit is that it serves as a new alternative route to
the QEW and Hwy. 403.
But several challenges were listed including requiring a new escarpment
crossing, adding a fourth parallel freeway through Halton and requiring
a separate transit corridor if the area's major transit markets
are to be served.
route is also seen as putting potential pressure on the Milton and
Oakville urban boundaries, and impacting the Flamborough, Burlington,
Oakville and Milton rural areas.
Connection to Hwy. 401, east of Milton - After curving around Hamilton,
this route would link with Hwy. 401 via a more direct route than
the previous alternative.
route is seen as having the same benefit and challenges as the option
connecting to Hwy. 401 west of Milton.
to Hwy. 403 in Hamilton - The benefits include avoiding impacts
to Flamborough and Burlington rural areas and providing a new alternate
route to the QEW (but not Hwy. 403).
include significant construction issues involving the Niagara Escarpment,
Cootes Paradise and Freeman Interchange (the intersection of Hwys.
403, 407 and QEW). Physical constraints on Hwy. 403 may preclude
both widening and a transit corridor.
challenges include requiring a significant expansion to the escarpment
cut for Hwy. 403 and significant impacts on the Hamilton urban area
and Cootes Paradise waterway.
to Hwy. 6 in the Flamborough area - Benefits include providing a
new alternate route to the QEW (but not Hwy. 403), potential connections
to major urban areas and existing/ planned transit systems and avoiding
impacts to Burlington's rural area.
include significant construction issues for the Freeman Interchange,
significant expansion to the existing escarpment cut at Hwy. 6,
significant residential and commercial impacts in the Hwy. 6 corridor
and no direct routing through Burlington, meaning possible impacts
on municipal roads.
believes no other highway route options will be considered for the
In Niagara, the choices are to connect the new highway to the QEW
either north of Fort Erie or south of Niagara Falls.
study phases are expected to take several years altogether and Leech
has noted the project could be altered or even scrapped over that