Highway 15 Class EA - Latest Updates
This Study commenced in the Fall of 2015 following recommendations in the Kingston Transportation Master Plan (KTMP) to examine roadway improvements on Highway 15 due to growth. The Study is carried out in accordance with the Municipal Engineers Association, Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015).
Visual Design Guidelines - Final Draft
Residents are invited to view the final draft of the proposed visual design guidelines for Highway 15, prepared in conjunction with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class). Comments on this project were accepted until January 31, 2019.
Click on the preliminary design images for a larger view.
The Class EA is broken into five different phases beginning in 2015 and running until the end of 2019.
Phase 1: Needs Assessment - involved the identification and evaluation of existing and future needs of the transportation network with respect to network capacity, traffic safety, and design and operations. The purpose of the Needs Assessment was to identify and define:
- Existing and future capacity, safety, and operational deficiencies and opportunities along Highway 15, from south of Highway 401 to Highway 2
- Existing and planned transit and active transportation facilities in the corridor and opportunities to improve connectivity and encourage a multi-modal transportation network
- Existing conditions with respect to socio-economic environment, archaeology and cultural heritage, geotechnical engineering, natural environment, hydrogeology and stormwater management, and structural engineering
- A problem and opportunity statement
Phase 2 summarized the alternative solutions assessed and evaluation criteria used to address existing deficiencies and accommodate future needs. At the end of this phase a preferred planning solution was advanced for possible preliminary designs.
A public Open House occurred in November 2015 to review and collect input regarding Phases 1 and 2 of the Study.
Phase 3 of the Class EA process included the identification and evaluation of alternative design concepts for the preferred planning solution. A preferred design concept was selected and the impacts of the design on the natural, social and economic environment were identified and measures to mitigate these impacts were completed.
Public Open Houses were held in June 2016 and March 2017 to review the preferred design solution and alternative design concepts.
Phase 4 of the Class EA process is the completion of an Environmental Study Report (ESR) which summarizes the entirety of the project work in support of the preferred design concept. Prior to finalizing the ESR for the approval of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), the recommendations of the ESR will be presented to City Council for approval to proceed with Notice of Project Completion and submission to MOECC.
The final recommendations of this Study are scheduled to be presented to City Council by end 2019.
Phase 5 of the Class EA process is implementation of the ESR. Subject to the approval of City Council and the MOECC, this includes detailed investigations as recommended in the ESR, detailed design and construction. Pending approvals, detailed work could commence in 2020 with construction of components of the project starting as early as 2021.