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Notice of virtual Public Information Centre #3 for Merritt Road and Rice Road

The Study
Niagara Region is undertaking an Environmental Assessment Study for improvements to Merritt Road and Rice Road as a result of proposed developments in Pelham, Thorold and Welland.
This study will build on the recommendations of Niagara Region’s Transportation Master Plan, which included the following:
  • Extension of Merritt Road between Rice Road (Regional Road 54) and Cataract Road
  • Capacity improvements of Merritt Road from Cataract Road to Highway 406
  • Capacity improvements to Rice Road (Regional Road 54) from 200 meters north of Merritt Road to Quaker Road
The Study aims to identify improvements to the two roadways to meet the future needs of the surrounding community for all road users. The study also aims to 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.
Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
The Process
The study is being carried out as a Schedule ‘C’ project in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process, which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. This study will address the requirements of phases one to four of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. Once the study is complete, an Environmental Study Report will be prepared and available for public review and comment. A Notice of Completion will be issued at that stage.
You're invited to participate
Consultation with the public, Indigenous Nations, regulatory agencies and stakeholders is a key element of the Class Environmental Assessment process. Public Information Centre #1 was held from March 24, 2021, to April 7, 2021, and Public Information Centre #2 was held from June 9, 2021, to June 30, 2021. Materials related to these events, including the summary reports documenting the comments received and Study Team’s responses will be available on the project page.
Niagara Region is now planning to host the third and last Public Information Centre #3 for this study to share the preliminary preferred design for the road improvements. This event will be held in an online format via the project page.
You’re invited to attend the online presentation on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. There’ll be an opportunity at the end of the presentation to ask any questions or submit comments. To join the online presentation, visit the project page on the day of presentation and click on the presentation link. In addition, the information materials related to the Public Information Centre #3 will be available on the project page starting Dec. 1 and comments will be received until Dec. 16.
Stay Connected
If you have any questions or comments, contact one of the study team members identified below:

Maged Elmadhoon, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Manager, Transportation Planning
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3583
Jeff Suggett, M. Sc.
Consultant Project Manager
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
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