HD NGTA West Area Corridor Alternatives May 8 2012
Despite pre-election promises it is clear that the MTO is steaming full ahead with the highway
West Flamborough. Given the provinces financial woes, this is a head-shaker.
The latest MTO map shows a series of potential new highway corridors connecting the 403
at Ancaster to either the 401, Highway #6 or the 407 in Burlington.
Along with the high definition map, we’ve taken a look at the MTO’s approach to the "additional
analysis", as previously promised for the West Area.
1) In our West Area, they are going to look more closely at the grey corridors on the map and find
a preferred route for a new highway. Then look at impacts. At the same time, they will
conceptual plan a Highway 403 widening through Hamilton. Look at impacts. Compare the
two and then pick the best one. If the winner is a new highway through Flamborough/Burlington,
this becomes the MTO recommendation for Phase 2 of the Environmental Assessment. And they can
move right into Phase 2 without the Ministry of the Environments approval, a peer review, or anything
else that involves common sense. If widening of the 403 through Hamilton wins, then MTO moves
to a Class EA for the highway widening.
FLAWS at glance: