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Plans for Campbellford Bridge design move ahead

Posted on Monday July 10, 2017

Cobourg, ON – July 10, 2017 – Plans to develop a new river crossing in Campbellford have crossed the proverbial bridge with confirmation from the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (OMECC) that the Environmental Assessment study submitted by the County in 2016 satisfies all consultation and environmental requirements. With this Ministry decision, the County will now proceed with design and construction of the new two-lane bridge in Campbellford. This bridge will be located about 400 metres south of the existing Bridge Street bridge, between Second Street and Alma Street. 

“County Council is proud of the years of research, consultation, and strategic planning the County and Trent Hills staff have put into delivering this result for the community,” stated Warden Mark Walas. “We appreciate the Minister’s recognition that the County developed this project in accordance with the requirements under the Environmental Assessment Act, and we look forward to proceeding with next steps based on the conditions outlined in the Minister's decision.”

The June 2017 decision by the Minister is now final, and the project to build a second bridge in Campbellford will proceed with four minor conditions:

1. All commitments made by the County in the Environmental Assessment must be followed;

2. A road salt risk management plan must be created;

3. Bike lanes shall be considered in the final bridge design; and

4. The final bridge design must be submitted to the Ministry prior to construction.

"After almost a decade of hard work and dedication by community residents, both County and Trent Hills staff, Council members, and various engineering firms, a vital new river crossing will be constructed in Campbellford,” stated Trent Hills Mayor and County Councillor Hector Macmillan. “For some residents, this will bring relief as they move forward with decisions they knew they may have to make with this project coming to fruition. For the vast majority of Northumberland residents, and Trent Hills residents in particular, the completion of this critical infrastructure project will deliver on many exciting objectives:

1. A continuous river crossing will be available when the current bridge is demolished and replaced;

2. Traffic gridlock issues will be resolved, significantly reducing wait times and idling-related air pollution; and

3. An additional river crossing will generate new opportunities for economic growth.

There is high expectancy throughout the community that the new bridge will be architecturally pleasing, as well as highly functional. I look forward to working with the County, Trent Hills staff, local residents and stakeholders on conceptual designs, and ultimately the actual detailed design plans, to ensure we can be proud of this new bridge.”

Timeline

The need for improved river crossing capacity in the Campbellford area to serve long term traffic needs has been discussed for the past 30 years. Most recently:

  • The County launched new Trent River crossing plans in 2008, beginning with an Environmental Assessment study. 
  • By late 2009, that study concluded that building a second river crossing between Second Street and Alma Street in Campbellford was the most suitableoption. 
  • With resident concerns about the impacts and costs of such a project, further engineering studies were conducted until late 2012, at which point the Environmental Assessment Study was restarted.
  • This process was completed in early 2014 and further recommended the second bridge option in Campbellford between Second Street and Alma Street.
  • This decision was based on a combination of previous engineering and associated technical studies conducted in 2008/09, and updated assessments that followed, including new traffic studies, additional cultural heritage and archaeological impact assessments, and impact mitigation recommendations. 
  • Extensive public information-sharing and consultation also took place through public meetings, study notices and newsletters, contacts with County and Trent Hills staff, and public attendance at study meetings.
  • The Environmental Assessment study was approved by the County and Trent Hills Councils in mid-2014.  This approval resulted in twelve requests to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change by members of the public for more detailed study. 
  • In response, the County conducted further work during 2015, as requested by the Ministry. This included added consultation with potentially affected First Nations communities, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport on further archaeological assessments, and a new cultural heritage impact assessment of the preferred Second-Alma crossing. 

The County will now begin development of an implementation plan to guide the bridge design / construction process.

 

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