Transforming our regional transportation network

More than once I’ve been told by corporate representatives that they’ve chosen to locate their business in Halton because of the Region’s commitment to maintaining and improving the Regional road system. These comments have reinforced my belief that our growing Region needs an effective road system for moving people and goods to ensure our quality of life and economic prosperity.

In 2011, Halton’s Transportation Master Plan –The Road to Changtransportpice –established a 20-year, $2.4 billion capital program to meet transportation demand to 2031. A recent presentation to Planning and Public Works Committee on the Transportation Capital Program and the improvements currently being delivered and planned through 2016 was impressive.

Highlights included:

  • Between 2011 and 2016, segments of all 15 major Regional road corridors will have been improved to provide additional capacity and 153 kilometres of new lanes.
  • By the end of 2016, capital improvements will have increased the east/west capacity on portions of our Regional roads by 16 additional lanes and the north/south capacity by 14 additional lanes.
  • New active transportation facilities – by 2016, 217 kilometres of shared or dedicated on-road bike lanes and off-road multi-use pathways will have been provided as part of the Region’s Active Transportation Master Plan.

The approved 2013 transportation capital budget is $289 million. This is a huge increase from the $50 million spent in the 2006 transportation capital budget . That’s strong evidence of the Region’s commitment to transforming the Regional road network, while keeping taxes low, at an average zero percent increase over the last seven years. .

The Region has already completed the widening of Dundas Street frtransportpic2om Proudfoot Trail to Neyagawa Boulevard, including the construction of the new Sixteen Mile Creek Bridge (at right) in the Town of Oakville. In the Town of Milton, we’ve widened Tremaine Road from Derry Road to Main Street and built a new four-lane extension to the James Snow Parkway from Regional Road 25 to Boston Church Road.

A number of major projects are still underway including:

  • Steeles Avenue widening from James Snow Parkway to Winston Churchill Boulevard and intersection reconstruction at Ontario Street
  • Derry Road grade separation (new CN underpass) west of Bronte Street
  • Dundas Street widening from Oak Park to Highway 403
  • Regional Road 25 widening from Derry Road to Britannia Road including a new bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek, from Highway 407 to Britannia Road, and from Highway 401 to 5 Side Road/Campbellville Road

Additional road improvements will be starting later this year on Tremaine Road in the Town of Milton and on Ninth Line in the Town of Oakville; and in 2014 we are scheduled to start construction on the widening of 12 kilometres of Britannia Road from Tremaine Road to Highway 407 in Milton.

To stay informed about what’s planned for Halton’s major transportation corridors over the next several years, subscribe to Construction Update.  Individual project information can be found on Halton’s website under Regional Construction Projects.

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.”