Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Improvements from East of Cawthra Road to The East Mall

Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment G.W.P. 2102-13-00 & G.W.P. 2432-13-00

Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Improvements from East of Cawthra Road to The East Mall

Questions & Answers

What are the project limits?

The Detail Design project limits extend along the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from East of Cawthra Road to The East Mall (a distance of approx. 4.5 km). The project limits are located in the City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, and the City of Toronto.

What is the Project Background?

This project is following the approved planning process for requirements of a Group “B” project under the MTO Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000).

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has undertaken a Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study to examine the rehabilitation and improvement needs for the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from Evans Avenue to Cawthra Road (W.O. 09-20003).

A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) was prepared to document the study, including the key features of the Recommended Plan, and was made available for a 30 day public review period which ended February 16, 2016.

A community meeting was held in June 2016 to present project information and obtaining feedback on the proposed stormwater management pond on Brentano Boulevard. Based on the community feedback MTO reassessed feasible alternatives for stormwater management in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), between Dixie Road to Etobicoke Creek. Alternatives considered the public comments received in the meeting, the Part II Order application, MTO’s standard practices and MOECC requirements.

MTO is pleased to inform that the proposed Brentano Boulevard stormwater management pond has been moved to the QEW Dixie Road interchange loop as part of the proposed improvements.

The relocation of the pond is meeting MOECC requirements and does not impact any additional properties or back onto residential homes. MTO will ensure that its design will include all standard safety and maintenance requirements.

On September 25th, 2017 MOECC approved the TESR including the stormwater management pond in the QEW Dixie Road interchange loop and the Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study is now finalized.
The Detail Design phase of the project is underway and the Ministry of Transportation will be scheduling a community session in the near future.

Additional information regarding the Preliminary Design is currently available via: http://qewdixieea.ca/

How will drainage be addressed by the QEW improvements?

MTO and AECOM are working with the municipalities in the study area to identify a stormwater management strategy and any necessary improvements to drainage.

How is highway stormwater treated?

Stormwater from highways can flow into catchbasins or ditches and be directed into stormwater management ponds or infiltration areas, prior to release into watercourses.

Have Municipal staff been involved in the Project?

The City of Toronto, City of Mississauga, and the Region of Peel, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and utility companies have been consulted, and MTO is continuing to meet with municipal staff on a regular basis to discuss project issues.

Why did MTO require access to my property over the last year or so?

MTO required access to properties within the project limits to undertake field surveys and investigations that are required for the project. Prior to accessing any private property, property owners received a “Permission to Enter” form for the property owner to sign granting the Project Team permission to complete investigations outlined on the form on their property.

What work is proposed for the Etobicoke Creek Bridge?

The Etobicoke Creek Bridge is over 80 years old and is in poor condition. The existing bridge will be removed and replaced with a new widened bridge (approx. 7m) that accommodates the required construction staging while maintaining all existing QEW lanes. A 5m high noise barrier will be provided on the bridge.

What work is proposed for Dixie Road Bridge?

The existing Dixie Road Bridge is approaching the end of its service life (almost 60 years old). The bridge will be fully replaced and carry two lanes of through traffic in each direction together with a wide paved median for left turning traffic, and a speed change lane for the Dixie Road southbound ramp to the eastbound QEW. A Multi-Use Trail will be provided across the bridge.

What work is proposed for Ogden Pedestrian Bridge?

The Ogden Avenue Pedestrian Bridge that extends over the South Service Road, QEW, and North Service Road in the City of Mississauga will be fully replaced.

Are there any HOV provisions for the QEW?

There are no plans for capacity improvements to the QEW within the study limits as part of this study.

The implementation of HOV lanes on the QEW through Mississauga would require further Environmental Assessment studies to determine how to implement HOV lanes through Mississauga. A separate EA study will be required, shall HOV be implemented; however, the timing of this is unknown at this time.

Will High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes be provided?

HOT lanes are not proposed on this particular project.

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