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Environmental Assessment and Detailed Transportation Assessment for Merritt Road (Regional Road 37) and Rice Road (Regional Road 54)
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About the Project

Niagara Region is undertaking a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, including a detailed transportation assessment for Merritt Road (Regional Road 37) and Rice Road (Regional Road 54) in Pelham, Thorold and Welland.

Wood Canada Limited has been retained to undertake this study on behalf of Niagara Region.

Following the planning phase and approval of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, a separate assignment will be initiated to implement the improvements approved through the process.

Purpose of the study

This study will provide an opportunity to reimage the two corridors (Merritt Road and Rice Road) so they will meet the future needs of the surrounding community from the perspective of all road users, supporting multi-modal travel and improve safety. The City of Thorold's Transportation Master Plan, completed in 2020, recommends that capacity improvements be undertaken on Merritt Road.

This project was initiated to:

  • Identify and evaluate a range of alternative solutions to accommodate growing traffic volumes along both corridors, including:
    • Geometric and intersection improvements
    • Complete streets and urban design concepts
    • Access management and transit
  • Provide a key transportation link that will allow for direct access between Rice Road and Hwy. 406 (via Merritt Road) in view of the environmentally sensitive lands
  • Address active transportation needs by providing a dedicated facility for pedestrians and cyclists that is safe, attractive and keeps with the changing land use in the study area

Project Timeline

Dec. 2, 2020 - completed
Study commencement

march 24, 2021 - completed
Public Information Centre #1

June 9, 2021 - completed
Public Information Centre #2

December 1, 2021
Public Information Centre #3

Late fall 2021 / early winter 2022
Environmental Study Report prepared and posted for 30-day public review and comment period


Maged Elmadhoon
Manager, Transportation Planning
905-980-6000 ext. 3583
Email Maged Elmadhoon

Jeff Suggett
Senior Project Manager, Wood Canada Limited

Public Engagement

Niagara Region is seeking public and stakeholder input on the Merritt Road (Regional Road 37) and Rice Road (Regional Road 54) environmental assessment.

You're invited to attend the virtual Public Information Centre #3 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.

You can submit your comments or feedback to the project team from Dec. 1 to Dec. 23.

Image Gallery

Merritt Rd Rice Rd Study Area
This map shows the study area of the Environmental Assessment for Merritt Road (Regional Road 37) and Rice Road (Regional Road 54).
This project is part of our Moving Roads Forward initiative.
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