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 Railway River Crossing.

Three Grand River Crossing Map

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 Railway River Crossing 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 River Crossing 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.

We Want to Hear from You!

The City is requesting public input and comments regarding the Three Grand River Crossings Municipal Class EA. Public comments will be taken into consideration throughout the decision-making process. Two (2) Public Information Center meetings will be held to provide information and receive feedback from the public. If you wish to submit comments or would like to be added to the project mailing list, please contact Sharon Anderson 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.