Ministry of Transportation - Notice of Study Re-Commencement and Public Information Centre for the Highway 17

Interested in plans for twinning the TransCanada west of Kenora? Comments to share? Questions to ask? A Public Information Centre is being held:
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Clarion Lakeside Inn, Cascade Room (470 1st Ave. S, Kenora)

We know many of our members are now far away from Kenora and will not be able to attend this session. However, LOWDPOA staff will be attending this open house, and we encourage you to email info@lowdpoa.com with any questions or comments you would like us to share with MTO at the open house.

This will be a drop-in, open house session with representatives from MTO and the study consultant on hand to answer questions and receive feedback. This session will address Section 1 between the Manitoba / Ontario Border and Highway 673 to provide a study overview and present the preferred twinning alternative. The display material presented at the session will be posted on the project website after November 20th, and we will share it here.

More information on the "Route Planning and Preliminary Design Study for the Highway 17 Four-Laning between the Manitoba / Ontario Border and Kenora" can be found on the WSP website - www.4lanehighway17kenora.ca


BACKGROUND: 


WSP Canada Group Limited, on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), is undertaking Planning, Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Studies to review options for the four-laning of Highway 17 between the Manitoba / Ontario border and Kenora. The studies will identify a preferred option for a four-lane divided highway corridor based on an evaluation of alternatives. Separate studies are being carried out for the three sections as shown on appended key plan. The first proposed project is Section 1 extending from the Ontario/Manitoba border easterly 6.5 km to Highway 673.

Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held to provide opportunities to discuss the studies with members of the project team. Three PICs were previously held between 2009 and 2011. A PIC for Section 1 between the Manitoba / Ontario Border and Highway 673 has been arranged to provide a study overview and present the preferred twinning alternative. Following the PIC, a TESR will be prepared and made available for public review.

Future notices will be published to advise of PICs for Sections 2 and 3.
Attached is the Notice of Study Re-Commencement and the Notice of Public Information Centre.