Building a Better Halton: the Region’s commitment to infrastructure

With the arrival of spring, Halton residents will begin seeing more Building a Better Halton signs on local roads. The signs let you know that construction is about to begin in the area. They also are a reminder of the Region’s commitment to safe drinking water, reliable wastewater collection, and safe and efficient roads.

Residents have told us that infrastructure planning and construction are key priorities for the Region and we’re listening to you. The Region’s 2013 Budget includes a $3.8 billion 10-year capital program primarily for roads, water and wastewater infrastructure. The 2013 capital budget for roads, water and wastewater projects is $917.4 million.BBH Logo

Part of the Region’s commitment to infrastructure is keeping you informed about what we are doing. Through the Building a Better Halton communications program, residents and business owners are notified about upcoming Regional construction projects and any potential impacts. That includes road signs, direct mailings to your home or business, newspaper advertisements, online information and e-newsletters for areas where multiple projects are occurring and/or planned.

You can find out more about what’s happening along Dundas Street in Burlington and Oakville, and Steeles Avenue in Milton and Halton Hills by subscribing to Halton Region’s Construction Update e-newsletter at www.halton.ca/constructionupdate.

Whenever possible, the Region schedules overlapping construction projects at the same time to reduce inconvenience on local streets or along major traffic routes. Sometimes work has to be completed in phases according to available revenue or to lessen traffic disruptions, avoid conflicts with other construction activities or because some environmentally-sensitive work can only be completed at certain times of the year.

At www.halton.ca/construction, you’ll find construction project information, alerts for road closures and lane restrictions, maps of the project areas, and links to your local municipality’s construction information.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to build a better Halton.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”