Updates on Kennedy Road Construction in the Town of Caledon

Updates on Kennedy Road Construction in the Town of Caledon

1) NEW! Temporary Traffic Signals have now been timed to assist with traffic flow

Traffic signals have now been installed at both Kennedy Rd./Old School Rd. and Heart Lake Rd./Old School Rd. Timing has been adjusted to assist with traffic flow.

DETAILS:

Kennedy Road/Old School Road and Heart Lake Road/Old School Road traffic signal installations have been completed. The Town has been monitoring and will continue to monitor the signal timing at Kennedy/Old School, and today they have made adjustments to the signal timing, to allow for longer times for northbound traffic to exit the area during the morning rush.

2) UPDATE – Emergency Response Measures during Kennedy Road Construction in Caledon

The Town has several emergency response measures in place to alleviate the emergency response concerns. Safety of residents is a top priority.

DETAILS:

* The Town will ensure there are two access points into the Southfields Development 24 hours a day for emergency vehicles. Caledon Fire’s Chief On-Call Officer will be notified immediately if access to either route is compromised.

* If there is a requirement to temporarily shut down one of the access roads, Caledon Fire will be notified and will immediately provide a stand-by vehicle to the local area during peak times.

* District Chief for Station 307 (2 Snelcrest Drive) will continue to monitor the access routes into Southfields development, including access from the south.

3) UPDATE – Construction progress is advancing according to schedule on work alongside Highway 410.

DETAILS:

North of Highway 410 – Update

Construction work north of the 410 bridge now has site services installed. Curbs are installed, the sidewalk on the west side is now complete, and electrical preparation for street lighting is complete. Road surfacing is nearing completion.

South of Highway 410 – Update

Work is progressing well south of the 410 bridge to Snellview Boulevard with storm sewers complete and road widening base now complete and ready for finishing. Curbs are installed and Electrical preparation work for street lighting has begun.

4) BACKGROUND – Why is there construction on Kennedy Road?

Improvements to Kennedy Road from Mayfield Road to the southern limits of the Abbotside Way are underway, to meet the expected increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic demands along the Kennedy Road corridor. Improvements include:

• Widening of Kennedy Road to a four-lane urban cross-section with left turn lanes;

• Installation of a sidewalk on the east side and a multi-use path on the west side; and,

• Improvements to sewers to manage stormwater.

Residents in the area have seen heavy traffic back-ups during commuter rush-hour and at other times of the day. The Town takes these impacts seriously and is working to alleviate the congestion as soon as possible. Caledon OPP are aware of the situation and have been at this location to manage traffic flow when possible. Please adjust your schedule accordingly and drive with caution and patience. With over 1,500 residents living in the area, this will continue to be an area of impact during this project.

TIMELINE for completion: Construction work required to reopen Kennedy Road targeted to be November 30, 2015.

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Caledon Council stands up for Town’s ability to plan its future

Caledon Council stands up for Town’s ability to plan its future

Caledon Town Council today adopted a motion reaffirming its commitment to ensure that land use planning in Caledon remains under the control of the Town. It authorized staff to participate under protest in an ongoing provincial facilitation process regarding Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 28.

“Caledon Council remains committed to the principle that planning in Caledon should be done by Caledon,” explained Mayor Allan Thompson. “That’s how it’s always been, that’s how the Peel Region Official Plan says it should be, and that’s how it works best.”

“Our Council has considered this at length and remains committed to standing up for the best interests of and the future of the Town of Caledon,” said Thompson.

On June 25, 2015, Peel Regional Council voted to enter into provincial facilitation with a private developer on the matter of ROPA 28 despite Caledon’s objections and the fact that Caledon followed all appropriate planning processes.  This is an intervention in local planning; this interference has never occurred in Peel. The Town has applied to the Superior Court of Justice to quash the Regional resolution on the basis that it is illegal.  Last week, Peel Regional Council voted to repeal its decision, however the vote failed to achieve the required two-thirds majority, so the original illegal decision stands.

In the meantime, the provincial facilitation remains ongoing without any party representing the interests of the people of Caledon.  Today’s Council decision addresses this situation by authorizing staff to attend the facilitation, under protest, to represent the Town’s interests.

“I’m not at all happy about this situation,” said Caledon Regional Councillor Jennifer Innis, representative for Wards 3 and 4 which includes the ROPA 28 lands. “Planning should be open and transparent. The facilitation is inappropriate; it shouldn’t be happening at all.  Until then, we have to ensure our residents are represented at the table.”

“The fact is decisions are being made that affect Caledon and it’s important that Caledon’s best interests are protected,” said Caledon Area Councillor Nick deBoer.

Kennedy Road Update

Improvements to Kennedy Road from Mayfield Road to the southern limits of the Abbotside Way are underway to meet the expected increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic demands along the Kennedy Road corridor.

Improvements include:
• Widening of Kennedy Road to a four-lane urban cross-section with left turn lanes;
• Installation of a sidewalk on the east side and a multi-use path on the west side; and,
• Improvements to sewers to manage stormwater.

Residents in the area have seen heavy traffic back-ups during commuter ‘rush-hour’ and at other times of the day. The Town takes these impacts seriously and is working to alleviate the congestion as soon as possible. Caledon OPP are aware of the situation and have been at this location to manage traffic flow when possible. Please adjust your schedule accordingly and drive with caution and patience. With over 1,500 residents living in the area, this will continue to be an area of impact during this project.
TIMELINE: Construction work required to reopen Kennedy Road targeted to be November 30, 2015.

What is being done to help the traffic flow in my neighbourhood?
Temporary Traffic Signals are being installed to assist with traffic flow.

DETAILS:

1. Kennedy Road/Old School Road and Heart Lake Road/Old School Road traffic signal installations have been completed and approved for energization. The Town now has planned for the electrical connection to take place. Once the power hook-up is complete, signal timing will be programed.
TIMELINE: complete by September 18, 2015.
NEXT STEPS: Upon energization and signal timing programing, the Town’s Traffic Coordinator will observe traffic flow and optimize signal timing program if necessary.

2. Snellview Blvd./Mayfield Road traffic signal installation is expected to take place September 21 to 29, 2015. Town staff are working to advance the installation date with the contractor if possible. This traffic signal installation is slightly later as it was added to the project based on community demand and feedback after the start construction. The Snellview Blvd./Mayfield Road traffic signal installation is a more complex design as they include a pedestrian crossing , and as well,Mayfield Road is a Regional road which required an additional level of coordination/approval for the Town. These factors have now been cleared, allowing for the Contractor to source the required components.
TIMELINE: complete by September 29, 2015.
NEXT STEPS: Upon energization and signal timing programing, the Town’s Traffic Coordinator in conjunction with Region of Peel will observe traffic flow and optimize signal timing program if necessary.
What is happening with the progress of this project?
Construction progress is advancing according to schedule.
DETAILS:
North of Highway 410
Construction work north of the 410 bridge is nearing completion with storm sewers, curb installation, and road widening ready for base asphalt.
South of Highway 410
Work is progressing well south of the 410 bridge to Snellview Boulevard with storm sewers complete and road widening base granular material being placed and compacted. Utilities are being relocated in the area south of Snellview Blvd. to Mayfield Road. This work consists of the existing overhead hydro lines and underground communication cables being relocated underground, in order to align them appropriately with the newly widened roadway. Road widening and storm sewer installation work will start in this area upon de-energization of overhead hydro lines and the removal of hydro poles.

TIMELINE: The relocation work, including the pulling of new underground power and communication cabling, is being coordinated with the road reconstruction and is advancing according to schedule.

Funding Announced for Credit Valley Trail

Credit Valley Conservation is receiving support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to develop a plan for a 110-kilometre hiking trail along the Credit River.

With a $100,000 grant from the Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, partnering with the Credit Valley Heritage Society, will bring to life a 60-year old vision of a connected pedestrian corridor. Stretching from the river’s headwaters in the Greenbelt outside of Orangeville, through the urban river valleys of Peel, the trail will end at the mouth of the river in Lake Ontario, not far from Port Credit.

In collaboration with municipal partners, the Trail Master Plan will identify the preferred route for the Credit Valley Trail, highlight noteworthy natural and cultural tourism destinations along the valley, and assess land securement priorities. Once finalized in summer 2017, Credit Valley Conservation and its partners will be ready to take the next steps in completing the trail, including the creation of a tourism and marketing strategy and bringing lands along the Credit River Valley into public ownership.

“The Credit Valley Trail will serve as a living legacy of what we can accomplish together with a shared vision and collaborative resources,” said Mississauga Councillor and Chair of Credit Valley Conservation Nando Iannicca. “When complete, the trail will protect natural spaces along the Credit River, serving as a gateway to the Greenbelt’s inland lakes in the northern watershed,weaving cultural, historical and natural tourism spaces to Lake Ontario in the south.”

“We have heard from many people about the importance of protecting and enhancing the region’s urban river valleys, to keep our drinking water clean and fresh,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “Once completed, the Credit Valley Trail will be one of the prominent features and jewels of our urban river valleys in southern Ontario.

This endeavour has been in the imaginations of this region’s residents for nearly three times longer than the Blue Jays’ current playoff drought.”

Funding of more than $380,000 was also awarded to EcoSparkEnvironmental DefenceOntario Farmland TrustSierra Club, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance for initiatives that help continue to protect the province’s Greenbelt as the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. To review further information on these grants, please visit: greenbelt.ca/grants

About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Join us in 2015 as we celebrate 10 years of success for the Greenbelt! Learn more at: greenbelt.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Credit Valley Conservation:
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit ValleyConservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Contact:
James Berry
Communications Manager
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306
jberry@greenbelt.ca

Update on Kennedy Road Construction in the Town of Caledon

Update on Kennedy Road Construction in the Town of Caledon

Why is there construction on Kennedy Road?

Improvements to Kennedy Road from Mayfield Road to the southern limits of the Abbotside Way are underway, to meet the expected increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic demands along the Kennedy Road corridor. Improvements include:

• Widening of Kennedy Road to a four-lane urban cross-section with left turn lanes; • Installation of a sidewalk on the east side and a multi-use path on the west side; and, • Improvements to sewers to manage stormwater.

Residents in the area have seen heavy traffic back-ups during commuter ‘rush-hour’ and at other times of the day. The Town takes these impacts seriously and is working to alleviate the congestion as soon as possible. Caledon OPP are aware of the situation and have been at this location to manage traffic flow when possible. Please adjust your schedule accordingly and drive with caution and patience. With over 1,500 residents living in the area, this will continue to be an area of impact during this project.

TIMELINE: Construction work required to reopen Kennedy Road targeted to be November 30, 2015.

What is being done to help the traffic flow in my neighbourhood?

Temporary Traffic Signals are being installed to assist with traffic flow.

DETAILS:

1. Kennedy Road/Old School Road and Heart Lake Road/Old School Road traffic signal installations

have been completed and approved for energization. The Town now has planned for the electrical connection to take place. Once the power hook-up is complete, signal timing will be programed.

TIMELINE: complete by September 18, 2015.

NEXT STEPS: Upon energization and signal timing programing, the Town’s Traffic Coordinator will observe traffic flow and optimize signal timing program if necessary.

2. Snellview Blvd./Mayfield Road traffic signal installation is expected to take place September 21

to 29, 2015. Town staff are working to advance the installation date with the contractor if possible. This traffic signal installation is slightly later as it was added to the project based on community demand and feedback after the start construction. The Snellview Blvd./Mayfield Road traffic signal installation is a more complex design as they include a pedestrian crossing , and as well,Mayfield Road is a Regional road which required an additional level of coordination/approval for the Town. These factors have now been cleared, allowing for the Contractor to source the required components.

TIMELINE: complete by September 29, 2015.

NEXT STEPS: Upon energization and signal timing programing, the Town’s Traffic Coordinator in conjunction with Region of Peel will observe traffic flow and optimize signal timing program if necessary.

What is happening with the progress of this project?

Construction progress is advancing according to schedule.

DETAILS:

North of Highway 410

Construction work north of the 410 bridge is nearing completion with storm sewers, curb installation, and road widening ready for base asphalt.

South of Highway 410

Work is progressing well south of the 410 bridge to Snellview Boulevard with storm sewers complete and road widening base granular material being placed and compacted. Utilities are being relocated in the area south of Snellview Blvd. to Mayfield Road. This work consists of the existing overhead hydro lines and underground communication cables being relocated underground, in order to align them appropriately with the newly widened roadway. Road widening and storm sewer installation work will start in this area upon de-energization of overhead hydro lines and the removal of hydro poles.

TIMELINE: The relocation work, including the pulling of new underground power and communication cabling, is being coordinated with the road reconstruction and is advancing according to schedule.