A joint consultation program has been developed for the two projects. Consultation will take place throughout the Preliminary Design and Class EA Studies. The Consultation Plan will include:
- Notice of Preliminary Design Study Commencement
- Consultation with regulatory agencies and stakeholders
- Communication with Indigenous Communities
- Communication with property owners, residents, and businesses in the study area
- Two Public Information Centres (PIC)(combined for the Highway 401 Planning Study and the Nagle Road Interchange Study)
- Preparation of Transportation Environmental Study Reports (TESR) (one for each study)
- Notice of Study Completion and public review of the TESRs
The purpose of the first PIC will be to introduce the projects, provide background information, discuss safety and traffic challenges and opportunities, present the preliminary improvement alternatives and evaluation criteria, and the proposed construction staging and traffic management strategies. It will provide an opportunity to discuss issues or concerns directly with members of the project team. Displays and presentation materials will become available on this site following the PIC.
The purpose of PIC 2 will be to display and seek input on the results of the evaluation of alternatives and the Recommended Plans. Displays and presentation materials will become available on this site following the PIC.
All notices will be published in the following local newspapers:
- Northumberland News
- Brighton Independent
The notices will also be posted on this website and sent directly to all contacts on the project mailing list.
Stakeholder input will be incorporated into the project findings and recommendations as appropriate.
If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please contact the Project Team.
Class EA Process
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) provides a decision-making process to make sure that all relevant engineering and environmental factors are considered in the planning and design of transportation facilities. These two Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment Studies are being undertaken as Group ‘B’ projects, which includes highway improvements that provide/cause a significant modification in traffic access.
Upon completion of the two projects, Transportation Environmental Study Reports (TESRs) will be prepared (one for the Highway 401 Planning Study and one for the Nagle Road Interchange study) to document the following:
- The major features of the proposed works;
- A full description of the consultation programs;
- Identification of all project approvals, licenses and permits that have been or must be obtained;
- Environmental impacts, mitigation, and protection measures that will be implemented; and
- Commitments to future work.
The TESRs will be placed on the Public Record for a review period of 30 calendar days to provide the opportunity for stakeholders to review and comment on the document. The TESRs will also be made available on the project website. Detailed information regarding the MTO Class EA and Ontario EA Act is available in Documentation.