One of the things that makes Halton such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire is our commitment to high quality infrastructure. We have long-term plans in place and continue to make significant investments in order to ensure we keep up with growth in our region and are able to keep goods and services moving. For example, in 2015 alone, we are investing $295 million into water, wastewater and transportation projects, with a $2.9 billion investment planned over the next 10 years.
Spring and summer have been busy construction seasons for us and we’ve made progress on a number of significant projects. Here’s an update on some key projects that are close to completion across each Local Municipality:
- Britannia West Corridor Project
This water and wastewater project in Milton is on track for completion by late fall 2015. The project has involved:
- The extension of close to three kilometers of water and wastewater mains to service newly developed land from 16-Mile Creek to Tremaine Road, south of Louis St. Laurent Boulevard.
- The use of micro-tunnelling technology, which allowed for work to be done with minimal road closures and disruptions.
- Roughly 12 metres of sewers tunnelled and completed below ground.
- Portions of the watermain under Regional Road 25 and CN Rail were constructed using the same technology.
- Dundas street from Towne Boulevard to Sixth line
This watermain project is the final link between watermains on Neyagawa Boulevard and Sixth Line, and ensures the growing areas of North Oakville and Milton will be efficiently serviced. The main spans 1.65 kilometers and construction is now complete. Final testing is underway and water service will officially begin to this area in early fall 2015.
- Steeles Road reconstruction
The widening of Steeles Avenue between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Trafalgar Road in Halton Hills will be complete fall 2015. This widening project, along with other ongoing and completed projects along Steeles Avenue, will connect Halton Hills, Milton, Mississauga and Brampton for commuters and businesses between Halton and Peel. It will take the existing two lane stretch and widen it to four and create an arterial link between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Trafalgar Road in Halton Hills.
- Derry Road Underpass
The underpass grade separation on Derry Road west of Bronte Street in the Town of Milton provides:
- A much needed east-west road link; and
- A four-lane road underneath the railway bridge, which was opened to traffic in time for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games.
When the underpass is fully complete in fall 2015 it will provide a safe and efficient connection for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians with the addition of bicycle lanes and multi-use paths.
This is only a highlight of some of the ways our investment in infrastructure is making a difference across the region this year. The work we are doing now serves our current population today and ensures we are ready for generations to come. For more information on Halton Region’s construction projects, visit halton.ca/construction or dial 311.
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