Three Grand River Crossings

The Study

The City of Brantford has initiated a Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for three bridges over the Grand River, including the Lorne Bridge, Brant’s Crossing Bridge and the TH&B Crossing Bridge. 

The study encompasses an area approximately 175 metres wide starting 200 metres north of Lorne Bridge to 200 metres south of the TH&B Railway River Crossing along the Grand River. Lorne Bridge currently carries traffic on Colborne Street West across the Grand River with a 30 tonne load limit in the winter. Brant’s Crossing Bridge was closed in February 2018 following a flooding and ice jam event; the bridge formerly carried pedestrian and cyclist traffic over the Grand River and would require structural repairs in order to be re-opened. The TH&B Crossing Bridge currently carries pedestrian and cyclist traffic over the Grand River and has been identified as requiring structural repairs to maintain the existing crossing.

The study is intended to identify the short and long-term plans for the three Grand River Bridges. The study will include determining the feasibility of removing the winter load limit on Lorne Bridge and the need for one or both of the TH&B Crossing Bridge and Brant’s Crossing Bridges based on an assessment of the technical, social and environmental factors, including impacts to the active transportation network and the risks of future flooding events of the Grand River.

The Process

The Environmental Assessment will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’ Project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007,2011, and 2015) which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Class EA process includes public and agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of potential environmental effects of the proposed work and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.

 

Virtual Public Information Centre 2

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  PIC 2 will be held virtually. This PIC will present the existing conditions, evaluation of alternative solutions, and the recommended solution and we welcome interested parties to review and provide comments to the Project Team.

Virtual Public Information Centre 2 Schedule

We Want to Hear from You!

Public comments will be taken into consideration throughout the decision-making process. If you wish to submit comments or would like to be added to the project mailing list, please contact Gagan Batra or Jack Turner.

Virtual Public Information Centre 1

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City hosted a virtual PIC. This first PIC provided an overview of the project, including the Environmental Assessment (EA) process, alternative solutions being considered and criteria used to evaluate the alternatives. In addition to the following video, a transcript of the video content and PIC boards are also available for review.

In addition to the overview video, a question and answer video was posted. A transcript of the video content and PIC boards are also available for review.

If you wish to submit comments or would like to be added to the project mailing list, please use one of the following methods:

  • By Mail – please mail to Gagan Batra, City of Brantford, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford, ON, N3T 5R7
  • By Phone – please contact the City at 519-759-4150
  • By E-mail – please contact Gagan Batra or Jack Turner.

Please note that information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, please note all comments will become part of the public record.