Building a Better Halton: the Region’s commitment to infrastructure

With the arrival of spring, Halton residents will begin seeing more Building a Better Halton signs on local roads. The signs let you know that construction is about to begin in the area. They also are a reminder of the Region’s commitment to safe drinking water, reliable wastewater collection, and safe and efficient roads.

Residents have told us that infrastructure planning and construction are key priorities for the Region and we’re listening to you. The Region’s 2013 Budget includes a $3.8 billion 10-year capital program primarily for roads, water and wastewater infrastructure. The 2013 capital budget for roads, water and wastewater projects is $917.4 million.BBH Logo

Part of the Region’s commitment to infrastructure is keeping you informed about what we are doing. Through the Building a Better Halton communications program, residents and business owners are notified about upcoming Regional construction projects and any potential impacts. That includes road signs, direct mailings to your home or business, newspaper advertisements, online information and e-newsletters for areas where multiple projects are occurring and/or planned.

You can find out more about what’s happening along Dundas Street in Burlington and Oakville, and Steeles Avenue in Milton and Halton Hills by subscribing to Halton Region’s Construction Update e-newsletter at www.halton.ca/constructionupdate.

Whenever possible, the Region schedules overlapping construction projects at the same time to reduce inconvenience on local streets or along major traffic routes. Sometimes work has to be completed in phases according to available revenue or to lessen traffic disruptions, avoid conflicts with other construction activities or because some environmentally-sensitive work can only be completed at certain times of the year.

At www.halton.ca/construction, you’ll find construction project information, alerts for road closures and lane restrictions, maps of the project areas, and links to your local municipality’s construction information.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to build a better Halton.

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.”

Tell us what you want to know about infrastructure

Halton residents consider infrastructure planning and construction to be key priorities for the Region. Building a Better Halton, our long-term infrastructure plan will support the growth across the region to the year 2031, with a total investment of approximately $3 billion.

In 2010, a series of focus groups was conducted to investigate what residents wanted to know about infrastructure planning and construction, and how they wished to be informed. That research led to the development of a communications strategy to engage and inform residents, business owners and commuters about the construction projects taking place across the region and our plans for future infrastructure maintenance and growth.

Our specially-branded communications efforts for the Building a Better Halton programBBH Logo have included highly-visible roadside signs for construction work, timely correspondence with affected residents and business owners, dedicated online resources (www.halton.ca/construction), print advertising and media relations.

We have recently developed new ways to increase awareness and understanding of the Region’s long-term infrastructure plan such as the interactive mapping tool for construction projects that we are now testing on our website and dedicated e-newsletters for key construction areas, currently Dundas Street in Burlington and Oakville, and Steeles Avenue in Milton and Halton Hills.

Construction affects all of us – on major roadways and local streets, in our newest as well as our most established communities. Halton Region has been working hard to keep you informed about our construction projects and the related impact on roads and neighbourhoods. Now it’s time to tell us what you think about our efforts.

Later this month, we’ll be issuing our next MVP (My View Point) survey to evaluate how effective we’ve been and identify areas where we can improve. If you’d like to be a part of the survey panel, please register by January 20, 2013 at www.halton.ca/MVP.

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.”