The Highway 417 Expansion, Operational Improvements and Infrastructure Rehabilitation project is following the approved environmental planning process for Group ‘B’ undertakings under the Ministry of Transportation’s Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000), with the opportunity for public input throughout the project.
To facilitate public involvement, a Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on February 13, 2012 to present findings and provide interested persons with an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed detail design. A notice providing the time and location of this meeting was published in local newspapers on January 31, 2012 and February 6, 2012.
As the project progresses, meetings will be held with a Technical Advisory Committee and individual stakeholders to discuss and resolve site specific issues.
Upon completion of detail design, a Design and Construction Report (DCR) will be prepared and filed for a 30-day public review period in accordance with the Class EA requirements.
At that time, a Notice of Submission will be published in local newspapers and posted on this website to explain the review process and identify locations where the DCR can be reviewed. The DCR will document:
- Study objectives;
- Project-specific earlier and related work;
- Proposed design modifications to the Preliminary Recommended Plan documented in the TESR;
- Associated environmental protection/mitigation measures included in the contract package;
- Consultation with external stakeholders and the public; and
- Further commitments to be addressed during construction.
In accordance with the MTO Class EA, there is no ‘bump-up’ opportunity (i.e. opportunity to make a part II order) for the DCR. However, interested persons are encouraged to review and comment on the DCR. If there are no outstanding concerns after the 30-day review period has expired, further documentation will not be prepared and construction may commence without further notice.