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.

Three Grand River Crossings Study Area Figure

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.

We Want to Hear from You!

The Three Grand River Crossings survey closed on July 15th, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their thoughts about the Three Grand River Crossings. Results from the survey will be shared shortly, watch this page for updates.

Public Information Centres

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 Centre 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 Gagan Batra or Jack Turner.

Virtual Public Information Centre 1

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is hosting a virtual PIC. This first PIC provides an overview of the project, including the Environmental Assessment (EA) process, alternative solutions being considered and criteria that will be 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 following video, a transcript of the video content and PIC boards are also available for review.

The first two week question and second three week question submission period are now closed. A question and answers video was posted on June 17, 2020. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was posted on July 15, 2020.

The question period for the first Public Information Centre is now closed. 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.