This project is a continuation of the Route Planning and Environmental Assessment Study (W.P. 5377-02-00) and includes Design of Highway 69 on a new alignment from just north of the Magnetawan River northerly to 3.9 km north of Highway 522, and the twinning of 1.2 km of the existing Highway 69 southbound lanes. This project also involves the design of two new interchanges at Bekanon Road and Highway 522, and a new forest access road on the west side of existing Highway 69 north of the Highway 522 interchange
The project limits are located within the unorganized Townships of Wallbridge, Henvey, and Mowat and the Municipality of Killarney.
A four-lane Highway 69 improves road safety by reducing congestion, providing opportunities for passing, physically separating opposing lanes of traffic, and eliminating turning movements along the highway by providing interchanges at key crossing roadways. It also reduces travel time through the area, and minimizes impacts to traffic movement caused by roadway maintenance or unanticipated incidents. Additionally, the benefits to traffic movement resulting from the four-laning of Highway 69 are expected to enhance economic growth both within the project limits and in Northern Ontario in general.
This study is following the approved planning process for a Group 'B' project under the MTO Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000).
Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held during this study to provide the public with the opportunity to discuss the project and provide input to the project team. Each PIC will focus on the design details of the recommended plan within each of the main grading contracts, including information on construction staging, potential environmental impacts, mitigation measures and landscaping.
Design and Construction Reports (DCRs) will be prepared for each construction contract under this assignment and made available for public review at the completion of the study. The DCRs will document:
- The recommended plan
- A summary of environmental issues and proposed mitigation measures
- A summary of consultation undertaken throughout the study