Environmental Assessment Project File - Structures 021 & 022

Background

Bridges 21 and 22 are located on Holland Sydenham Townline, midway between Concession Road 2S/Concession Road 10 and Grey County Road 29, north-west of the Hamlet of Walters Falls, in the Municipality of Meaford, County of Grey.

In January 2016, the Municipality of Meaford (Meaford) closed the road at Bridges 21 and 22 due to severe structural defects and deficiencies which represented a significant risk to public safety.

In September of 2016, Meaford initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to identify the most appropriate strategy for addressing the condition of the bridges and the current closure of the road at the watercourse crossings.

This Study is being carried out in accordance with the planning and design process for a Schedule B project as outlined in the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, amended 2007, 2011 and 2015). Phases 1 and 2 of the Class EA process includes defining the problem, development of alternative solutions and formulation of measures to mitigate identified impacts.

In consideration of the condition of the existing bridges, the Problem Statement, which sets the framework for the Study, is as follows:

The Municipality of Meaford has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to consider options and to identify a preferred solution to address the deficiencies of Bridges 21 and 22, as they relate to safety, structural condition, performance and the current closure of the road at the bridge crossings.

Alternative solutions to address the Problem Statement included the following:

a) Do Nothing (maintain existing conditions)
b) Rehabilitate Bridges 21 and 22 and re-open the road crossing
c) Replace Bridges 21 and 22 and re-open the road crossing
d) Remove Bridges 21 and 22 and maintain the closure of the road crossing permanently

The Class EA background studies and preliminary assessment of the above alternative solutions were presented to the public at a Public Information Center meeting held on January 19, 2017.

Following completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Class EA, the following preferred solution was selected:

d) Remove Bridges 21 and 22 and maintain the closure of the road crossing permanently

A second Public Information Centre meeting was then held on February 28, 2017 to present the preferred solution to the public. The public was advised that the selection of the preferred solution was premised on the following key factors:

Severity of the structural defects rendering rehabilitation not practical

Financial burden, budget constraints and lack of funding

Low traffic and service demand

Alternative access routes available for local traffic

Potential environmental impacts to the watercourse and adjacent lands because of the bridge removal operations will be mitigate by implementing appropriate sedimentation and erosion control measures and construction debris containment systems, details of which will be developed during the detailed design phase in consultation with Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.

The preferred alternative was presented to Council on April 10, 2017 for consideration, and was subsequently endorsed by Council on April 24, 2017 (per Council Resolution #13-04-2017). A Notice of Completion will be filed and published to inform the public and stakeholders of the study completion. The Notice of Completion is to be published on the Municipality of Meaford’s website and in the Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper. The Phase 1 & 2 Project Report will be placed on the public record for a period of 30-days to allow for further public and stakeholder review.

If concerns are raised during the review period which cannot be resolved in discussion with the Municipality of Meaford, a person may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments. Requests must be received by the Minister at the address below within thirty (30) days of publication of the notice of Study Completion. A copy of the request must also be sent to the Municipality of Meaford. If no request is received, the project may proceed to Phase 5 Implementation (design and construction).

The Ministry/Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
77 Wellesley St. West, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2T5
Fax: 416-314-8452

Project File

Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Summary Report
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 1 - Agency Consultation List and Letters
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 2 - Public Information Centre 1 Presentation Boards
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 3 - Letters and comments frm Public Information Centre 1
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 4 - Public Information Centre 2 Presentation Boards
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 5 - Synopsis of Letters and Comments frm Public Information Centre 2
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 6 - Bridge 021 & 022 OSIM Reports - 2016
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 7 - Cultural Heritage Evaluation & Heritage Impact Assessment
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 8 - Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 9 - Walter's Creek Existing Ecological Conditions Report
Structure 021&022 Municipal Class EA - Project File Appendix 10 - EA Presentation to Council & Final Public Notice


Contact

Darcy Chapman
Treasurer / Director, Financial Services & Infrastructure Management
519-538-1060 ext. 1111
dchapman@meaford.ca