The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass Extension (BHBPE) was completed and approved in 1999. The EA for the Cumberland Transitway was also undertaken at the same time as the BHBPE EA due to their proximity, particularly for the section from the Bypass to Mer Bleue Road (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Recommended Alignments within Navan Road Corridor
Portions of the BHBPE (now called Brian Coburn Boulevard) have been built from Navan Road to east of Mer Bleue Road. A recent geotechnical analysis concluded that the soil conditions in the vicinity of Navan Road to BHBPE section are very poor and the roadway would require considerably more funds to construct than previously estimated. The City is in search of a more cost-effective alternate corridor. Consideration must be given to any consequential changes to the adjacent future Cumberland Transitway.
The EA study limits will extend from Blair Road to Brian Coburn Boulevard and south to Anderson/Renaud Road to allow for a larger range of alternatives to be examined.
Figure 2: Study Area
The study is being conducted in accordance with Ontario's EA Act, fulfilling the requirements of the Municipal Class EA process for Schedule C projects. The City must consider alternatives for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental impacts of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts.
The study will also address potential implications of federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.
As part of the study process, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared for public review.
You are encouraged to participate in the study by attending consultation events or by directly contacting the study team with information, comments or questions. Updated project information will be posted periodically on the study website.
The study will also have the benefit of input from agency, business and public consultation groups that will meet at key points during the study.
Two open houses (minimum) will be scheduled throughout the study as an opportunity for interested persons to learn about the study and provide input. Notifications for the open house will be provided through local newspapers, e-mails to the study mailing list and postings on the website.
To have your name placed on the study mailing list or to submit comments or questions, please contact:
Frank McKinney, P. Eng.
Program Manager, Transportation Planning and Environmental Assessments
Transportation Services Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor,
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 28540