Oak Park Road Extension

The City of Brantford, through consulting firm Parsons Inc., is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the extension of Oak Park Road between the Kramer’s Way / Hardy Road intersection and Colborne Street West. This project is being carried out under the planning and design process for a Schedule C project as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015).

The extension is intended to improve overall traffic operations and accommodate population and employment growth in the City by helping to connect communities, alleviate traffic demand on existing local routes, reduce travel times, and support future developments. Previous transportation master plans and the most recent Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update (2014) recommends the extension include a four-lane arterial road with a crossing over the Grand River. This study will build off the Brantford Corridor Study 1981, the recommendations of the City’s TMP Update, and the Oak Park Road Extension Feasibility Study 2019, that evaluated technical alternatives for the Oak Park Road extension.

At the August 27, 2019 Council Meeting, the City Council passed a resolution to undertake the Oak Park Road Environmental Assessment, and also directed staff to:

  • exclude the use of the Glebe Lands in the transportation alternatives being developed for the City as part of the Transportation Master Plan update that is currently underway, unless otherwise requested by the Six Nations of the Grand River; and
  • develop a disposition strategy for the properties acquired for the Veterans Memorial Parkway that are no longer required for that project, following the completion of the  Transportation Master Plan, and REPORT BACK to Council following the completion of the Transportation Master Plan update with a  recommended disposition strategy and options on how to direct funds from the sale of any properties.

In response to the City Council decision to exclude the use of the Glebe Lands in the transportation alternatives being developed for the City as part of the Transportation Master Plan update, the Elected Council of the Six Nations of the Grant River issued a news release welcoming this decision.

The Oak Park Road Extension Class EA will:Oak Park Road Study Area

  • Assess / confirm the need and justification for the extension of Oak Park Road
  • Identify and evaluate a range of alternative solutions and design concepts to support traffic demand and growth, while also considering impacts on natural, cultural and socio-economic environments
  • Develop a preliminary design and identify mitigation measures for environmental impacts to be carried forward into subsequent project phases

Consultation with the public, relevant technical agencies and stakeholder groups is a key element of the Class EA study. To facilitate this, Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held to present project information and progress. PIC notices will be advertised during the study and mailed to agencies and stakeholders to provide opportunities for involvement in the study. Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared and made available for a 30-day public review period. The ESR will document the Municipal Class EA planning and decision-making process undertaken.  

For more information, to provide comments, or to be added to the mailing list contact, please contact:

Chris Fong, P. Eng., Project Manager
City of Brantford      
100 Wellington Square
Brantford, ON N3T 2M2
519-759-4150 Ext. 5630
 
Marko Paranosic, P.Eng., Project Manager
Parsons Inc.
101-540 Bingemans Center Drive
Kitchener, ON N2B 3X9
519-340-1078