Class EA to Address Congestion Along the Ontario Street Corridor - Grand Bend

The Municipality of Lambton Shores, in cooperation with the Provincial Ministry of Transportation, has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process to consider alternatives to address ongoing traffic congestion along the Ontario Street corridor through Grand Bend. Continued traffic congestion along the corridor, particularly during peak tourist periods, has necessitated an examination of options aimed at improving the flow of traffic through the area. The study will consider a range of alternatives to address the traffic problem including, but not limited to, i) widening the bridge at Parkhill Creek to accommodate more lanes of traffic (see map for location), ii) construction of a by-pass around Grand Bend, iii) an examination of various lane configurations to optimize traffic flow, and iv) road widening to accommodate more lanes of traffic. The study will also include a review of cycling lane alternatives, pedestrian crossing options, and signal light optimization.

The planning for this project is following the planning process established for Schedule B activities under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) document. Schedule B projects are approved subject to the completion of a screening process. The purpose of the screening process is to identify any potential environmental impacts associated with the proposal and to plan for appropriate mitigation of any impacts. The process includes consultation with the public, Aboriginal communities, stakeholders and review agencies.

A public information meeting was held on August 24th, 2016 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Grand Bend and was well attended, with approximately 100 residents and stakeholders attending the sessions to provide their input. Copies of the presentation material from the meeting is provided for download at left. Comments and input on this project are welcomed