Line 8 Improvement Project
The Town is looking into options to address increasing traffic on Line 8. Alternatives include potential widening of the road, cross-sectional elements and intersection improvements.
Part of evaluating these alternatives will be to assess the overall impact of such improvements on the social, cultural and natural environments. This is done in the first stage of the project, the environmental assessment.
1. Environmental assessment – fall 2016 to approximately Summer 2018
2. Detailed design – approximately Summer 2018 to fall 2020
3. Construction – approximately spring 2021 to spring 2024
The environmental assessment (EA) process ensures that governments and public bodies consider potential environmental effects before an infrastructure project begins.
Public consultation is a mandatory part of an EA. Please see below for details on public consultation opportunities.
The tests and surveys involved in preparing an EA should cause minimal disruptions to residents and businesses. These may include water testing, soil sampling, utility locating and surveying. At times a lane of traffic may need to be closed for a short period, and the experts involved in doing the work may need to work at the front of properties.
At the end of the process, an EA document is submitted to the province outlining the project plan in detail including actions that will be taken to prevent, reduce and manage environmental effects.
The detailed design phase is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2018 and be completed by fall 2020.
The construction phase is anticipated to begin in spring 2021 and be completed by spring 2024.
A key component of the Environmental Assessment is consultation with interested stakeholders from the public and agencies. The public information centres (PICs) will be held to present the project, review the study scope and discuss issues related to the project including alternative solutions, evaluation criteria and environmental impacts and mitigation measures.
Two PICs are planned for this stage of the project. Details will be provided here soon.