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Posted November 29, 2012

Road Work

Scope of work for Strasburg Road expanded

KITCHENER – The scope of work will be expanded for the extension to Strasburg Road, the planning and strategic initiatives committee decided last night. The decision followed staff’s recommendation, which was based on feedback from the public, other government agencies, interested parties and council on the draft environmental study report (ESR), published in May.

Several traffic operations and demand studies since the late 1970s to 2012 identified the need to create an alternate north-south arterial by extending Strasburg Road from where it ends now to New Dundee Road. The current City of Kitchener Official Plan (OP) recognizes Strasburg Road as a secondary arterial with controlled access, with the exception of some future intersections with major collector roads within the Brigadoon community and Doon South community. Strasburg Road is therefore identified as an integral part of the transportation network for the city and the Region of Waterloo.

The southwest quadrant of the City of Kitchener is served primarily by two north-south major arterial roads: Homer Watson Boulevard and Fischer-Hallman Road. Homer Watson Boulevard is congested during peak hours, due to its central location and connection with Highway 401. The primary connections between these two north-south arterials are two east-west major arterials: Huron Road and New Dundee Road.

Strasburg Road will relieve future demand on Homer Watson Boulevard and Fischer Hallman Road, as well as to accommodate future committed growth in the southwest quadrant of the city.

There are seven alignments proposed for the Strasburg Road extension, including some westerly alignment options that were added, based on citizen and landowner input, in order to avoid some of the most sensitive areas of the road extension.

Because of the nature of the comments received, some additional work is required to complete the Class EA process for this project. This additional work will finalize the ESR for the Strasburg Road extension from north of Stauffer Drive to New Dundee Road.

“Last night was a great example of citizen engagement - providing residents with a great opportunity to come together around something they’re passionate about,” said Counc. Berry Vrbanovic of the dozen delegations who spoke to the committee. “Going forward, there will be a number of opportunities yet to influence council and the final outcome of this important project.”

The Class EA process began in April 2010. There was extensive public and agency involvement throughout the process. A draft environmental study report (ESR) was presented in May 2012 to the planning and strategic initiatives committee. At council direction, the city published the draft ESR in May 2012 and comments were received until September 2012.

The scope of work will now include:

• Active input from council on criteria and potential weighting;
• A heritage impact assessment for the technically preferred alignment of the road;
• Additional traffic impact investigations;
• Analysis of servicing for the regional watermain, sanitary sewer, stormwater management and other connecting roads;
• A comparative assessment of seven proposed alignments.

The cost for the increased scope of the work will be about $490,100 plus tax, with another $146,000 coming out of the development charges-funded budget for the road extension. The expected completion for these works and filing of the revised ESR is in September/October 2013.

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