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Notice of study commencement for Louth Street (Regional Road 72) and west St. Catharines grade separation

‚ÄčNiagara Region, through their consultant Morrison Hershfield, is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and Detailed Transportation Assessment of Louth Street (Regional Road 72) and the west St. Catharines grade separation in the City of St. Catharines. The study is split into two components which include:

  • ‚ÄčDetermining the need for additional north / south transportation capacity by way of a potential new roadway / railway grade separation in west St. Catharines
  • Redesigning Louth Street using a Complete Streets approach to balance the various needs of the corridor, while providing dedicated pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure that is safe, attractive and connected

Process

This study is being carried out in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule C projects as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The study will address the requirements of Phases 1 to 4 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. 

Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Study Report will be prepared to document the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment planning and decision-making process, and made available for a 30-day public review period. A Notice of Completion will be issued at that stage.

Public engagement

Consultation with the public, Indigenous Nations, regulatory agencies, and stakeholder groups is a key element of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study.

To facilitate this, three Public Information Centres are planned over the course of the study to gather input on potential alternative solutions and designs, and provide an opportunity to discuss concerns and issues with the project team.

Public notices will be distributed in advance of each Public Information Centres, the first of which is tentatively scheduled for September / October 2022.

Stay connected

As the study progresses and more information becomes available, it will be posted on the Louth Street Environmental Assessment and Detailed Transportation Assessement project page.

If you have any questions or comments about the study, or wish to be added to the email list, contact one of the project team members:

Josh Wilson, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Project Manager, Transportation Planning Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3336
josh.wilson@niagararegion.ca

John Grebenc, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Manager Morrison Hershfield
416-499-3110 ext. 1011810
jgrebenc@morrisonhershfield.com

Personal information collected or submitted in writing at public meetings will be collected, used and disclosed by members of Regional Council and Regional staff in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). The written submissions including names, contact information and reports of the public meeting will be made available. Questions should be referred to the Privacy Office at 905-980-6000 ext. 3779 or FOI@niagararegion.ca.

If you need any accommodations for a disability to attend and participate in meetings or events, let us know in advance so that arrangements can be made in a timely manner. Contact the Accessibility Advisory Coordinator at 905- 980-6000 ext. 3252 or accessibility@niagararegion.ca.

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