Building our future: investing in a stronger Halton

Surveying--12-REVRegional Council is committed to delivering high-quality infrastructure today so we have a stronger Halton tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, the Region will invest $3.7 billion in infrastructure, and in 2016 alone, we will be investing over $297.2 million on water, wastewater and road projects. Spending on infrastructure ensures that we can support growth and that our roads, water delivery and wastewater systems are all maintained in a state of good repair.

As peak construction season resumes, I would like to highlight some key projects that are underway across each Local Municipality:

  • Dundas Street between Old Bronte Road and Fourth Line (ongoing) Construction on Dundas Street to widen the existing four lanes to six lanes continues between Old Bronte Road and Third Line. The reconstruction of this stretch of Dundas accommodates new traffic patterns and flow as a result of the overall growth in north Oakville and the increased traffic to the new Oakville Trafalgar Hospital.
  • Washburn Reservoir Expansion in Burlington involves the construction of a second 10-megalitre holding tank at the Washburn Booster Pumping Station and Reservoir site. Maintenance work to the existing storage tank will also be done once the new tank is completed. The expansion of the reservoir will provide additional water storage capacity to support growth in Burlington, Oakville and Milton. In addition, the second tank will allow for scheduled maintenance to be more efficient and ensure there is no interruption to the municipal water supply.
  • Regional Road 25 between Lower Base Line and Britannia Road in Milton is another example of an ongoing road-widening project that is addressing the growth in our communities. With Milton’s population increasing, taking RR25 from two to four lanes will accommodate the increased north-south traffic to maintain a safe and healthy community.
  • Steeles Avenue between Fifth Line South and Trafalgar Road Halton Hills
    This project will widen Steeles Avenue from two lanes to four, east of Fifth Line South to west of Trafalgar Road in the Town of Halton Hills and will help ease traffic. The project will also include replacement of three bridges (two on Steeles Avenue and one on Sixth Line South), installation of traffic signals at Sixth Line North, Sixth Line South and Hornby Road, and installation of an off-road sidewalk and multi-use path. This project is still a couple of years from full completion and once complete, it will finish the lane widening of Steeles Avenue from James Snow Parkway through to Winston Churchill Boulevard.

These projects are part of the Region’s commitment to investing in a strong Halton, ensuring Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire for generations to come. For more information on Halton Region’s construction projects, visit halton.ca/construction or dial 311.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.