Wellington Road 109 Bridges (North Wellington) Environmental Assessment

The County of Wellington has initiated a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to consider options to address the poor condition of four bridges on Wellington Road 109 between Highway 6 and Sideroad 7, southeast of the community of Arthur.

Background

Within the Study Area, the Conestogo River is crossed by Wellington Road 109 at four locations.  The bridges at all four crossings are in an advanced state of deterioration with some elements identified as not meeting current standards.

Within the Study Area, the Conestogo River is crossed by Wellington Road 109 at four locations.  The bridges at all four crossings are in an advanced state of deterioration with some elements identified as not meeting current standards.

The bridges were constructed between 1930 and 1934 by the Department of Highways Ontario (DHO), now Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Wellington County took over ownership of the bridges when this section of the former Highway 9 was downloaded to the County in 1998.  

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 472/10 under the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act (Act), these bridges have been inspected every two years under the direction of a professional engineer using the Ministry’s Ontario Structure Inspection Manual (OSIM).

Based on the findings of the OSIM inspections, the Wellington County is planning for the improvements to these bridges.  Given the close proximity of the bridges to one another, the County is completing the planning and design of all four bridges under one Class EA Study.

What This Study Will Consider

The County recognizes that efforts to improve the bridges will come with some challenges during construction for residents, business owners and travellers, particularly if construction extends over multiple years.

Therefore, the County is considering many different options including: rehabilitation and or replacements.  The County will also consider the feasibility and cost, for comparison purposes, of a localized permanent realignment of Wellington Road 109 that would eliminate or reduce the multiple crossings and the need for future works.

In accordance with the requirements of the Schedule C Municipal Class EA process, the Study will define the problem, identify and evaluate alternative planning solutions and design concepts, recommend a design, assess potential impacts and identify mitigation measures associated with the preferred design.

The study will consider numerous aspects including but not limited to: construction staging and traffic delays during construction, local residences, business activity, cultural heritage and Indigenous values and protection of the natural environment.

Supporting technical components will inform the decision-making process and final Study recommendations, including:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • Ecology
  • Geomorphology
  • Groundwater
  • Traffic
  • Structural Design

Upon completion of the study, the planning process and recommendations will be documented in an Environmental Study Report (ESR) and made available for public review.

Public, Agency and Indigenous Community Consultation

A key component of the Study will be consultation with interested stakeholders including residents and businesses, agencies, Indigenous communities and the general public.  The goal is to ensure that anyone with an interest in this Study has the opportunity to provide input and feedback. 

Two Public Information Centres (PIC) will be convened during the Study.  Given current provincial guidelines supporting physical distancing and postponing in-person public meetings, consultation and opportunities for public input will focus on web-based information packages with accommodations for alternative formats, as requested.

We anticipate the PIC #1 will occur in fall 2020 with an online information package that will present the background information; problems and opportunities; alternative planning solutions; the preferred planning solution and next steps.

PIC #2 is anticipated to occur in spring 2021 to present the design alternatives and preliminary preferred design as well as preliminary construction staging and traffic management preferences.

The planning process and final recommendations will be documented in an Environmental Study Report (ESR), to be made available for review and comment at the end of the project.

Notices will be distributed for the two PICs and the ESR. All materials will be available on the County website.  The County will provide alterative formats and accommodations, as requested. 

Available Documentation

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns at any time during the study, or wish to be placed on the study mailing list to receive study notices directly, please contact either of the project team members below:

Joe de Koning, P.Eng.
Construction Manager
County of Wellington
74 Woolwich Street
Guelph ON N1H 3T9
519.837.2601 x 2270
joedk@wellington.ca

William Van Ruyven, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Engineer
WSP Canada Group Limited
610 Chartwell Road, Suite 300
Oakville ON L6J 4A5
905.823.8500
william.vanruyven@wsp.com

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