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Notice of Study Commencement for Merritt Rd. and Rice Rd. in Pelham, Thorold and Welland

The Study

Niagara Region has initiated an Environmental Assessment Study for improvements to Merritt Rd. and Rice Rd. as a result of proposed developments in the Town of Pelham, the City of Thorold and the City of Welland.

This study will build on the recommendations of the Niagara Region’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which included the following:

  • ​Extension of Merritt Rd. between Regional Rd. 54 (Rice Rd.) and Cataract Rd.;
  • Capacity improvements of Merritt Rd. from Cataract Rd. to Hwy 406; and,
  • Capacity improvements to Regional Rd. 54 (Rice Rd.) from 200 meters north of Merritt Rd. to Quaker Rd.

The study aims to reimagine the two roadways to meet the future needs of the surrounding community for all road users. The study will address active transportation needs by providing dedicated pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure that is safe, attractive, conform to a complete streets approach, and compatible with the changing land use in the three local municipalities.

The Process

The study is being carried out as a Schedule ‘C’ project in accordance with the requirements outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 & 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. Once the study is complete, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared and available for public review and comment. A Notice of Completion will be issued at that stage.

Public comments invited

Consultation with the public, Indigenous Nations, regulatory agencies and stakeholders is a key element of the Class Environmental Assessment process. Project notifications will be issued at key milestones through advertisement in local newspapers, emails and mail outs to the contacts on the study mailing list. Three public information centres (possibly in an online format) will be conducted to solicit public input. The public information centres will provide an opportunity for the public to review the proposed alternative solutions and designs, as well as provide comments and discuss concerns and issues with the project team. As the study progresses and more information becomes available, it will be posted on the project webpage.


Niagara Region recognizes that this project is being carried out during uncertain times with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Niagara Region will take all necessary steps to ensure maintaining the health and safety of the public. Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, most of the future consultation and communications with the public will be online. As such, the project team is asking that if you would like to receive future notices via email, to please provide your email address to the Region Project Manager identified below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the project team members identified below:

Maged Elmadhoon
Manager, Transportation Planning
Niagara Region
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold, ON L2V 4Y6
Phone: 905-980-6000 ext. 3583

Jeff Suggett.
Consultant Project Manager
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
3450 Harvester Road, Suite 100, Burlington, ON L7N 3W5
Telephone: 905-380-3601

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