Keeping Halton moving by investing in infrastructure

To meet the needs of a growing population, Halton Region has continued to deliver a roads capital improvement program which invests, on average, more than $120 million every year towards ongoing or new construction projects. In 2013, Halton committed $289 million to Regional roads, an increase from $50 million in 2006. Not only is investing in infrastructure important to our residents, it also attracts businesses to our region which helps keep our economy strong.

Join me at Halton’s first Regional, dual-lane roundabout on Tremaine Road in Milton as I discuss the importance of investing in our transportation infrastructure.

By continuing to plan for today and tomorrow, Halton Region will make sure our transportation infrastructure meets the needs of our community, while protecting the environment, today and in the future. I’m proud that our investment is helping keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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.”

Building a Better Halton: Construction season underway

Summer is fast approaching and Halton Region has started to work on a variety of construction projects as part of our continued commitment to well planned, built and maintained infrastructure. As Halton Region continues to grow it is important to maintain existing infrastructure and build new infrastructure that is required to meet the needs of the community today and in the future.

Residents have told us that infrastructure planning and construction are key priorities for the Region and that high quality infrastructure is one of the many reasons why Halton is such a great place to live. Due to smart financial planning, Halton has been able to invest in our infrastructure while keeping taxes low, with eight consecutive years of a tax freeze. The Region’s 2013 Budget included more than $3 billion for the 10-year Capital Program primarily for roads, water and wastewater infrastructure.

Part of the Region’s commitment to infrastructure is keeping residents informed about construction activities. Our Building a Better Halton communications program is designed to help residents and business owners get the notifications they need about upcoming Regional construction projects and identify any potential impacts to them. The program includes road signs, direct mailings, newspaper advertisements, online information and e-newsletters for areas where multiple projects are occurring and/or planned.

For more information about current construction projects, alerts for road closures and lane restrictions, and links to your local municipality’s construction information, please visit www.halton.ca/construction.

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.”

Investing in Infrastructure to Ensure a High Quality of Life Today and Tomorrow

Even though we have reduced taxes, Halton Region is investing billions of dollars to upgrade wastewater and water plants and to improve our road network.   The Regional Construction page on our website provides a great overview of projects currently underway.  Halton’s capital budget for Regional roads to ease congestion and improve safety has increased from $50 million in 2006 to $289 million in 2013.  This is the biggest investment in roads ever for Halton Region.  Consistent increases in our capital budget for roads reflects the additional revenue available from new development fees and supports Regional Council’s position that infrastructure related to new growth should pay for itself. We are also investing $150 million to upgrade our Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Join me on a walk by the pier at Bronte Harbour in Oakville as I reflect on the importance of investing in infrastructure so that we are well planned to meet the needs of the future.

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.”

Great Planning = A Great Place to Live

Halton residents have one of the highest standards of living in Canada and a large part of why Halton is such a great place to live is because of the significant effort Regional Council dedicates to planning for a safe, healthy community.

As you can tell by the construction across the Region, transportation and infrastructure are key priorities for Halton residents and Regional Council, as identified in The Citizens’ Priorities- Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan. Over the next 10 years, Halton Region expects to spend more than $2 billion on water and wastewater infrastructure. These investments will help reduce your commute time, expand your water supply, and ensure the health of all residents and our natural environment through our infrastructure improvement program.

Halton’s Transportation Master Plan, a 20-year, $2.4 billion capital investment plan will support growth in the Region to 2031 and ensure that transportation improvements are in place to meet demand. By the end of 2016, the Regional road network across Halton will have grown to 1,087 kilometres of lanes. In addition, 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.

Construction is a critical component of supporting the water service, wastewater collection and transportation needs of our growing community. Over the next three years (to 2016), whether you’re impacted by the $430 million Regional investment in road improvements in the Town of Milton and Town of Halton Hills or the $300 million investment in road improvements to the Dundas Street corridor in Oakville and Burlington, we appreciate your patience as we continue to implement the plans that support our great communities.

Through sound fiscal management, Halton Region has delivered quality programs and services for residents while maintaining an average zero per cent tax increase for the past seven years. I’m proud to say that this is one of the best records in all of Canada.

For details on construction projects on what’s happening now and what’s planned for the Region’s busiest construction areas, visit www.halton.ca/construction to sign up for our e-newsletter.

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.”

Construction Update newsletter now available via email and www.halton.ca/construction

Halton Region has now launched a new e-newsletter version of Construction Update. The semi-annual publication features updates on Regional road improvements and other infrastructure construction for water and wastewater services.

The newsletter gives details of what’s happening now and what’s planned for the Region’s busiest construction areas. Subscribers can choose the Dundas Street (north Oakville and Burlington) edition or the Milton/Halton Hills edition, or both. Visit www.halton.ca/construction to read Construction Update online or sign up to have future issues emailed directly to your inbox.

Why an e-newsletter? Earlier this year, the Region conducted an online survey to ask residents how they would like to be informed about Regional construction work and infrastructure planning. Sixty per cent of residents surveyed said they would like to receive an electronic newsletter.

Knowing what is important to residents helps us deliver our programs and services in the best way possible. Our new Construction Update e-newsletter is just one more way we are improving our web-based information resources for Halton residents.

The Region will continue to post information on our website, place notices in local newspapers, and use door-to-door delivery and direct mail when appropriate to keep everyone informed about infrastructure construction and planning.

Transportation and infrastructure are key priorities for Halton residents as identified in The Citizens’ Priorities- Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan. In fact, since 2006 we have significantly invested in transportation related costs.  In 2006 Halton Region’s transportation capital infrastructure budget was $50 million and it has increased to $289 million in 2013.graph

Over the next 10 years, Halton Region expects to spend more than $2 billion on water and wastewater infrastructure. These investments will help reduce your commute time, improve your water supply, and ensure the health of all residents and our natural environment through our infrastructure improvement program.

Through sound fiscal management, Halton Region has delivered quality programs and services for residents while maintaining an average zero per cent tax increase for the past seven years. I’m proud to say that this is one of the best records in all of Canada.

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.”

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.”

Building a Better Halton – Infrastructure (video)

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”