In my last post, I talked about some key waste diversion initiatives taking place across the region as we make the transition from winter to spring. As you start to enjoy more outdoor activities with your friends and family this spring, you can also expect to see increased construction activity across many of our municipalities. As part of our Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018, Halton is committed to planning healthy, complete communities by investing in Regional assets, infrastructure and facilities, and many of our projects are already underway.
The Region is investing $2.9 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years. In 2015 alone, Halton has dedicated $194 million to water and wastewater projects throughout the region. Another $120 million is being invested in transportation, waste management and planning, as part of our Approved 2015 Budget and Business Plan.
Here are just a few of the construction projects happening in Halton Region this spring:
Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), City of Burlington
- Expansion and upgrade of the Skyway WWTP began in 2011 to improve the water quality in Hamilton Harbour and meet the wastewater treatment capacity needs for the urban population in the City of Burlington. The project is in its final stages this spring and is expected to be completed by the summer. The Skyway WWTP expansion was awarded the Green Infrastructure Fund, which targets projects that will improve the environment and lead to a sustainable economy over the long term. Funding is provided by all three levels of government: the Government of Canada, the Province on Ontario and Halton Region.
Steeles Avenue, Town of Halton Hills
- Reconstruction and widening of Steeles Avenue (Regional Road 8) to four lanes from Eighth Line North to just west of Winston Churchill Boulevard began in the summer of 2014. Additional construction will begin in the fall of 2015, widening the road from Fifth Line South to Trafalgar Road. Completion of these major road improvement projects, including upgraded traffic signals and street lighting along the corridor, will result in improved road safety for residents and commuters travelling through Halton Hills.
Britannia Road (Regional Road 6), Town of Milton
- Construction began on the water and wastewater mains on Britannia Road in Milton at the beginning of March and will be completed at the end of 2015. This expansion of water and wastewater systems on Britannia will extend from Tremaine Road (Regional Road 22) to 400 metres east of Regional Road 25 and will serve new development in the Milton area.
Mid Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant (MHWWTP), Town of Oakville
- Construction began on the MHWWTP last summer. In support of the expansion and upgrade of the plant, construction is beginning on a new deep outfall (treated wastewater) tunnel this spring. The Mid Halton expansion and tunneling projects will not only accommodate population growth in Halton but are designed to have a positive impact on water quality at the Lake Ontario shoreline.
All of these projects represent part of the Region’s vision and mission to plan for communities where urban sprawl is minimized, where infrastructure is maximized, where natural heritage is protected and natural spaces and farmland are preserved. The overall goal is to enhance the quality of life for all people of Halton, and ensure Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
For more information about regional construction projects, please visit halton.ca/construction or dial 311.
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