Notice of Completion – Design & Construction Report (DCR) #2 – QEW Improvements from East of Cawthra Rd to West of Etobicoke Creek, Contract 2 (Ministry of Transportation, Class EA)

The current post is based on the following PDF:

qew update sept 2021

The PDF includes maps which are omitted from the text that follows below.

For 21 years (1997-2018) we lived in Long Branch in Toronto close to Lake Ontario at the Mississauga border.

View of Bailey Bridge looking north from the corner of Ogden Ave. and South Service Road. The photo is from a previous post about local history along the QEW. The story of how the Bailey Bridge at this location came to be built is most inspiring! Jaan Pill photo

During those years I learned many things of interest about land use planning in Mississauga and Toronto [1]

At footnote 1 (at the end of the current post) I share a few reflections about things I’ve learned as a participant observer involved (as a participant and/or as an observer as the case may be) with land use planning issues during those 21 years.

I’ve written extensively about the QEW:

Click here for previous posts about the QEW >

For the current post, I’m pleased to share the following update regarding an ongoing QEW upgrade:

The following Sept. 22, 2021 message is from Mark Elbertsen:

Notice of Completion – Design & Construction Report (DCR) #2 – QEW Improvements from East of Cawthra Rd to West of Etobicoke Creek, Contract 2 (Ministry of Transportation, Class EA)

Hello,

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained AECOM Canada Ltd. (AECOM) to undertake a Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for improvements to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from east of Cawthra Road to The East Mall. The project was split into two contracts. Construction of Contract 1 along the QEW from east of Dixie Road to The East Mall commenced in September 2018 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2022. Contract 2 covers the works along QEW from east of Cawthra Road to west of Etobicoke Creek and is the focus of the Design and Construction Report (DCR) #2.

Please be advised that the DCR for Contract 2, is available for a 30-day comment period. The DCR documents the study process, design details, environmental impacts and mitigation measures, and a summary of consultation undertaken. Please refer to attached Notice of Completion, Design and Construction Report (DCR) #2 for more information about the project and how to view DCR #2.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact a Project Team member listed in the attached notice or by emailing the Project Team at ProjectTeam@QEWDixieDetailDesign.ca.

Regards,

Mark

(Sent on behalf of the Project Team)

AECOM

30 Leek Cres., 4th Floor Richmond Hill, ON

L4B 4N4

Canada www.aecom.com

905-882-4401     tel

905-882-4399     fax

September 21st 2021

To whom it may concern:

Re: Notice of Completion

Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Improvements from East of Cawthra Road to West ofEtobicoke Creek (Contract 2) Design and Construction Report #2

Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study – G.W.P. 2102-13-00

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained AECOM Canada Ltd. (AECOM) toundertake a Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for improvements to the QueenElizabeth Way (QEW) from east of Cawthra Road to The East Mall. The project was split into two contracts. Construction of Contract 1 along the QEW from east of Dixie Road to The East Mall commenced in September 2018 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2022. Contract 2 covers the works along QEW from east of Cawthra Road to west of Etobicoke Creek and is the focus of Design and Construction Report (DCR) #2. Contract 2 is located in the City of Mississauga, Region of Peel(please refer to the enclosed Notice of Completion).

The proposed Detail Design improvements include:

  • Replacement of the QEW / Dixie Road Underpass and reconfiguration of the QEW / DixieRoad Interchange to a full-moves interchange including modifications to municipal roads;
  • Replacement of the Ogden Pedestrian Bridge and structural culvert west of Dixie Road;
  • Realignment of local service roads;
  • Localized QEW widening to accommodate operational and safety improvements and tomaintain six lanes of traffic during construction;
  • Drainage improvements including the addition of stormwater management ponds;
  • Watermain and sanitary sewer works;
  • Modifications to / installation of retaining walls, noise barriers, sign-structures, traffic signals and

This project is following the approved planning process for a Group ‘B’ project under the MTO Class EAfor Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000), with the opportunity for public input throughout theproject.

A Design and Construction Report (DCR) has been prepared for Contract 2 and is available for a 30-day comment period. The DCR documents the study process, design details, environmental impactsand mitigation measures, and a summary of consultation undertaken.

The DCR is available for a 30-day public comment period commencing September 23rd, 2021 andending October 22nd, 2021. The DCR is available on the project website atwww.qewdixiedetaildesign.ca/consultation. Construction is anticipated to start in Spring 2022 subjectto the availability of funding, provincial priorities, and the receipt of all required approvals.

Interested persons are encouraged to review the DCR and provide comments by October22nd, 2021.

Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection ofPrivacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the publicrecord.

If you wish to obtain additional information about the project please visit the Project Website at

QEWDixieDetailDesign.ca

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the undersigned orany of the additional members of the Project Team identified on the attached notice.

Sincerely,

AECOM

Christopher Schueler, P.Eng.

Senior Project Manager

 

  1. W C. Ma- MTO Senior Project Engineer
  2. Cherneski – MTO Senior Environmental Planner
  3. Osorio – AECOM Deputy Project Manager
  4. Elbertsen – AECOM EnvironmentalPlanner Encl. Notice of Completion (DCR #2)

NOTICE OF COMPLETION

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION REPORT #2 (DCR #2)

Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Improvements from East of Cawthra Road to West of Etobicoke Creek (Contract 2)

Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study – G.W.P. 2102-13-00

THE PROJECT

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained AECOM Canada Ltd. (AECOM) to undertake a Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for improvements to the Queen Elizabeth Way(QEW) from east of Cawthra Road to TheEast Mall. The project was split into two contracts. Construction of Contract 1 alongthe QEW from east of Dixie Road to The East Mall commenced in September 2018 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2022. Contract 2 covers the works along QEW from east of Cawthra Road to west of Etobicoke Creek and is the focus of the Design and Construction Report (DCR) #2. Please refer to the Study Area map. Contract 2 is located in the City of Mississauga, Region of Peel. Construction is anticipated to being in Spring 2022.

PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS

  • Replacement of the QEW / Dixie Road Underpass and reconfiguration of the QEW / Dixie Road Interchange to a full-moves interchange including modifications to municipal roads;
  • Replacement of the Ogden Pedestrian Bridge and structural culvert west of Dixie Road;
  • Realignment of local service roads;
  • Localized QEW widening to accommodate operational and safety improvements and to maintain six lanes of traffic during construction;
  • Drainage improvements including the addition of stormwater management ponds;
  • Watermain and sanitary sewer works;
  • Modifications to / installation of retaining walls, noise barriers, sign-structures, traffic signals and illumination.

THE PROCESS

This project is following the approved planning process for a Group ‘B’ project under the MTO Class EA for Provincial Transportation Facilities(2000). Design and Construction Report #2 (DCR #2) has been prepared to document the process, the design details, the environmental effects and proposed mitigation measures, as well as the technical findings of the study. DCR #2 is available for a 30-day public and agency comment period starting September 23rd 2021 until October 22nd, 2021. DCR #2 may be viewed on the project website atwww.qewdixiedetaildesign.ca/consultation

COMMENTS

Interested persons are encouraged to review DCR #2 and provide comments by October 22nd, 2021. To obtain additional information or toprovide comments, please visit our project website at www.qewdixiedetaildesign.ca, or please contact:

Wan Chi Ma, P.Eng.

Senior Project Engineer / Ministry of Transportation 159 Sir William Hearst Avenue

4th Floor, Toronto, ON M3M 0B7 Tel: 437-776-8026

Email: ProjectTeam@QEWDixieDetailDesign.ca

Christopher Schueler, P.Eng.

Senior Project Manager / AECOM 30 Leek Crescent

4th Floor, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4N4 Tel: 1-905-418-1400 (Main), 1-905-418-1468

Email: ProjectTeam@QEWDixieDetailDesign.ca

Outstanding concerns are to be directed to the proponents listed above for a response, unless the outstanding concerns are regarding potential adverse impacts to constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights, in which case Part II Order requests on these matters should be addressed in writing to:

Minister David Piccini

Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks 777 Bay Street, 5th Floor

Toronto ON M7A 2J3 minister.mecp@ontario.ca

Director, Environmental Assessment Branch Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks 135 St. Clair Ave. W, 1st Floor

Toronto ON, M4V 1P5 EABDirector@ontario.ca

Comments will be maintained on file and may be included in project documentation. Information collected will be used 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. If you have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in this project, please contact one of the Project Team members listed above.

Pour obtenir des renseignements en français, composer le 1-(705)-669-4709 (Amy Ingriselli), Courriel: amy.ingriselli@aecom.com.

AVIS D’ACHÈVEMENT

RAPPORT DE CONCEPTION ET DE CONSTRUCTION (RCC) no 2

Améliorations de l’autoroute Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) de l’est du chemin Cawthra à l’ouest du ruisseau Etobicoke(contrat 2)

Étude de conception détaillée et évaluation environnementale de portée générale – G.W.P. 2102-13-00

LE PROJET

Le ministère des Transports de l’Ontario (MTO) amandaté AECOM Canada Ltd. (AECOM) pour entreprendre une étude de conception détaillée et une évaluation environnementale de portée générale (EE) dans le cadre du projet d’améliorations du tronçon de l’autoroute Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) allant de l’est du chemin Cawthra jusqu’au East Mall. Le projet a été divisé en deux contrats. La construction prévue au contrat 1, soit le tronçon de la QEW allant de l’est du chemin Dixie au East Mall, a commencé en septembre 2018 et devrait normalement prendre fin au printemps 2022. Le contrat 2 comporte les ouvrages du tronçon de la QEW allant de l’est du chemin Cawthra à l’ouest du ruisseau Etobicoke, et fait l’objet du Rapport de conception et deconstruction (RCC) no 2. Veuillez consulter lacarte de la zone d’étude. Le projet du contrat 2 sesitue dans la ville de Mississauga, région de Peel. La construction devrait commencer auprintemps 2022.

AMÉLIORATIONS PROPOSÉES

  • Remplacement du viaduc QEW / chemin

Dixie et reconfiguration de l’échangeur QEW / chemin Dixie en un échangeur multi-directionnel, y compris des modifications aux routes municipales;

  • Remplacement de la passerelle pour piétons de l’avenue Ogden et d’un ponceau structurel à l’ouest du chemin Dixie;
  • Réorganisation des voies de desserte locales;
  • Élargissement de la QEW par endroits afin de faire place aux améliorations opérationnelles et sécuritaires et de préserver les six voies de circulation durant la construction;
  • Améliorations du drainage, notamment l’ajout de bassins de gestion des eaux pluviales;
  • Travaux sur les conduites principales et les égouts sanitaires;
  • Modification ou installation de murs de soutènement, d’écrans antibruit, de structures de signalisation et d’éclairage.

LE PROCESSUS

Ce projet respecte le processus de planification approuvé pour les projets du groupe B en vertu de l’Évaluation environnementale de portée générale pour les routes provinciales (2000) du MTO. Le RCC no 2 a été élaboré pour documenter le processus, les détails de la conception, les effets environnementaux et les mesures d’atténuation proposées, ainsi que les constatations techniques de l’étude. Le RCC no 2 fait l’objet d’une période de consultation publique de 30 jours qui s’adresse également aux organismes concernés et qui s’étend du 23 septembre au 22 octobre 2021. Le RCC no 2 peut être consulté sur le site Web du projet à l’adresse www.qewdixiedetaildesign.ca/consultation.

COMMENTAIRES

Les personnes intéressées sont invitées à consulter le RCC no 2 et à soumettre leurs commentaires d’ici le 22 octobre 2021. Pour obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires ou fournir des commentaires, veuillez aller sur le site Web du projet à l’adresse www.qewdixiedetaildesign.ca/fr-home/, ou communiquez avec les personnes ci-dessous :

Wan Chi Ma, P.Eng.

Ingénieure principale de projet, ministère des Transports 159, av. Sir William Hearst

4e étage, Toronto (Ontario)  M3M 0B7 Tél. : 437-776-8026

Courriel : ProjectTeam@QEWDixieDetailDesign.ca

Christopher Schueler, P.Eng.

Gestionnaire de projet principal, AECOM 30, Leek Crescent

4e étage, Richmond Hill (Ontario) L4B 4N4 Tél. : 1-905 418-1400 (principal), 1-905 418-1468

Courriel : ProjectTeam@QEWDixieDetailDesign.ca

Toute autre préoccupation doit être dirigée aux promoteurs énumérés ci-dessus, sauf si elle concerne des répercussions négatives potentielles à l’égard dedroits ancestraux et de droits issus des traités qui sont protégés par la Constitution, auquel cas les demandes en vertu de la partie II sur ces questions doivent être adressées par écrit aux personnes suivantes :

Ministre David Piccini

Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Protection de la nature et Parcs

777, rue Bay, 5e étage Toronto (Ontario) M7A 2J3 minister.mecp@ontario.ca

Directeur, Direction des autorisations environnemental

Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Protection de la nature et Parcs

135, av. St. Clair O., 1er étage Toronto (Ontario) M4V 1P5 EABDirector@ontario.ca

Ces commentaires seront conservés en dossier et peuvent être inclus aux documents de projet. Les renseignements seront recueillis en conformité avec la Loi sur l’accès à l’information et la protection de la vie privée. Mis à part les renseignements personnels, tous les commentaires feront partie des dossiers publics. Si vous avez besoin de mesures d’accessibilité pour prendre part à ce projet, veuillez communiquer avec un des membres de l’équipe de projet mentionnés ci- dessus.

Pour obtenir des renseignements en français, composez le 1-705-669-4709 (Amy Ingriselli) ou écrivez à amy.ingriselli@aecom.com.

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  1. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    Land use planning meetings in Mississauga as compared to Toronto

    Note No. 1

    As I’ve noted at previous posts, the land use decision making process has appeared, in my anecdotal observation during the years we lived in Long Branch, to be more respectful with regard to resident input in Mississauga as compared to Toronto.

    I was especially impressed with the work of the late Ward 1 Councillor in Mississauga Jim Tovey, whom I got to know after he phoned me after reading some communications I had shared regarding proposed land use planning in Mississauga that would have wiped out part of the sand beach on the Toronto side of the Lake Ontario shoreline at Marie Curtis Park. Eventually adjustments were made regarding the planning then underway to ensure that most of the sand beach remained in place.

    One of the amazing things that I learned in those years, on the basis of anecdotal observation, is that in areas aside from land use planning issues, Mississauga culture and Toronto culture was very similar.

    Let me explain by way of sharing some anecdotes about driving.

    I learned to drive a car in Montreal in the 1960s. As a result (albeit rarely), the Montreal car driver mentality of the 1960s crops up from time to time in my own driving.

    I remember one occasion in Long Branch when I was driving down a street and a car in front of me was dawdling along, going too slowly for my liking. I was driving quite slowly as it was, as I always do in Toronto, but the car ahead was moving along even slower. I pulled up close to the car ahead and attempted to pass by driving on the left. The driver of the car strongly objected and wanted to pick a fight with me. I chose not to engage in the social pragmatics that would have escalated the situation as I could not see any possible benefit from such an escalation. The point of the anecdote is that as a Montreal-trained driver, at times I demonstrate a lack of patience.

    On another occasion, this time in Mississauga, a man was standing next to the driver side of a car parked at a stop sign, talking to the driver of the car. I drove up behind the car and instead of waiting, I went into the incoming lane and passed the car whereupon the person, who had been talking to the driver, berated me for my lack of patience. It occurred to me that, in some respects, people in both cities share common perceptions about how Montreal-trained drivers go about their driving.

    I can add that my driving improved considerably when I lived in Vancouver for seven years starting in the late 1960s. Vancouver drivers of that era were on the whole remarkably civic minded and easy to get along with; I learned a lot from the driving ethos in that city. I also took a defensive driving course in Terrace, B.C. in the early 1970s; what I learned in that course turned out to be really helpful in the upgrading of my driving skills and my attitude behind the wheel.

    If a person is in doubt about a statement, it’s a great idea to seek verification

    Another thing I recall from years (in total, 43 years) in Toronto is that at an April 2018 public meeting regarding the Long Branch Character Guidelines, two City of Toronto planners teamed up to falsely claim that I was not permitted to directly quote what planners at the meeting had to say unless I got prior permission from City of Toronto media officials. I checked later with City of Toronto media officials to see if the claim was accurate. It turned out there was no basis for such a claim.

    The bottom line is: If a person is in doubt about a statement, by any person regarding any topic, it’s a great idea to seek verification of it.

    The post that came out of the meeting was based on a paraphrasing of what planners said at the meeting. Thus the false claims that I encountered did not keep me from reporting what was said but it did keep me from direct quotations.

    The post I refer to is entitled:

    Opposition to lot-splitting/overbuilding: April 4, 2018 Long Branch Neighbourhood Association meeting featured Q & A with Toronto City staff regarding Character Guidelines

    The post warrants a close read even now.

    At City of Mississauga public meetings concerned with planning issues there was never under any circumstances, any concern whatsoever expressed by anyone at such a meeting, about the fact a blogger was recording (by way of sound recording and/or video recording) what was being said at such a meeting. The idea that a blogger was a not permitted to record would not have occurred to anybody.

    For some time, I believed that certain things about Mississauga and Toronto were fundamentally different. In some ways, based on my anecdotal experience, they are indeed different. In other respects, however, they are similar. By way of example as I’ve noted at previous posts, issues related to structural violence and how to address it – for example, within the public school system and in relation to policing – appear to me to be similar in both cities as appears to be the case across North America.

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