Options for road network discussed
Tuesday December 1 2009
About 70 people came out to a public information centre (PIC) in Brampton last week to learn more about a possible future road network that could be built in the area.
At the PIC, Tyrone Gan, of HDRiTRANS Consulting Inc. discussed the preliminary recommended transportation network that will be needed to handle the tripling of the population expected in the study area until 2031.
“Nothing is cast in concrete,” said Gan. “We are here to listen to what your thoughts are.”
Included in the network is a connection between 10 Sideroad and Guelph St. somewhere between Tenth Line and Winston Churchill Blvd. and a bypass connecting 10 Sideroad to Winston Churchill Blvd. north of Five Sideroad.
Also included is a link to the north of Norval between Winston Churchill Blvd. and Bovaird Dr.
The Norval bypass to provide new east/west connection around Norval and across the Credit River recommended in the study includes two alternative routes— one heading north off Bovaird Dr. bypassing Norval then rejoining on to Guelph St. The other alternative runs south of Norval between approximately Mississauga Rd. and 10 Sideroad.
Gan said they recognize both options “would have significant environmental impacts” that will be looked at during the Environmental Assessment process.
The study also recommends a Halton Peel Freeway that would run between Mayfield Rd. in the Heritage Rd. area then swing into Halton north of Five Sideroad over to the Ninth Line area connecting to Hwy. 401 and 407. At one point the freeway would cross Ninth Line said Gan.
The Bramwest Parkway is designed to serve development in the Bramwest Secondary Plan to provide connections to Hwy. 407 and the proposed Halton-Peel Freeway. The road would run between Five Sideroad and 407.
The study also recommends public transit improvement including potential rapid transit bus service on Steeles Ave. from Brampton to the new planned GO Station in Milton on Trafalgar Rd. south of Hwy. 401, potential rapid bus transit on Guelph St., the Norval bypass and Bovaird Dr., potential bus service on Ninth Line, potential Halton-Peel Freeway transitway and carpool parking lots in the Mayfield Rd. and Winston Churchill Blvd. area.
Gan stressed this was a master plan study and does not provide routing locations. Designation of where specifically roads would go would be determined through an Environmental Assessment process.
A man in the audience asked what incentives there would be for people to take transit.
Gan said transit usage is low and it will not change overnight.
“It will take increased transit improvements as well as increased congestion on roads,” said Gan. He added there will be “no overnight miracles,” but “we have to start somewhere.”
A woman asked what the proposed network would do to address truck traffic on Ninth Line through the residential area of Georgetown.
“With this network there would be more options,” said Gan. “We’re providing more alternative routes that are suitable for trucks.”
Another woman asked how much of the planned population growth could be attributed to Georgetown. The answer was 29 per cent for Halton with the remainder occurring in Brampton.
Gan was asked when some of the roads could be built.
“Some improvements you could see happening in the next several years,” said Gan. He estimated the EA process for arterial roads could take one to two years, and for the freeway it would be at least two years.
Gan said the province has plans to widen Hwy. 401 in Mississauga and Milton and when traffic warrants it Hwy. 407 is also to be widened.
“It’s not to say there won’t be congestion because there will be congestion everywhere. That’s the reality today and will be the reality in the future,” said Gan.