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Greater Sudbury

Notice - Environmental Study Report Addendum - Maley Drive Extension and Lasalle Boulevard Widening - Public Comment Invited

The Project
The City of Greater Sudbury (the City), has initiated a review of the Environmental Study Report (ESR) completed in 1995 for the extension and reconstruction of Maley Drive from Falconbridge Highway to LaSalle Boulevard. 

The 1995 ESR described the project as having two components:  (1) the reconstruction of the existing Maley Drive from Falconbridge Highway to Barrydowne Road; and (2) the extension of Maley Drive westerly from Barrydowne Road to the LaSalle Boulevard Extension. The extension of Maley drive was intended to include the reconstruction of LaSalle Boulevard from Frood Road in the west to the proposed intersection of Maley Drive at LaSalle Boulevard.  The project was approved in accordance with the Municipal Roads Class Environmental Assessment (1993), but was never constructed. 

The City’s recently completed Transportation Study (2005) confirmed the need for the extension and widening of Maley Drive to function as a truck route and northern bypass of the developed area of the City.  In this area, the Kingsway and LaSalle Boulevard are the only two continuous east-west arterials that serve a number of heavy traffic demands, including local traffic, commercial traffic generated by adjacent commercial development and commuter traffic.  Existing traffic demand on these two roads exceeds their capacity resulting in traffic delays. Therefore, the Transportation Study (2005) identified this project as a key undertaking to be initiated within the next five years. 

In addition, the reconstruction and widening of LaSalle Boulevard from just east of the CPR Overhead to 0.3 km west of Notre Dame Avenue will be included as part of this project.  LaSalle Boulevard is currently a two-lane roadway through this section, but a four-lane roadway at either end.  As a result, LaSalle Boulevard is currently operating at or near capacity during peak periods through this short section.  Therefore, the City revised the previous project limits to include the widening of LaSalle Boulevard in this section as part of the Maley Drive Extension.

The Process
Since it has been longer than five years since the 1995 ESR was filed for public review, and the City is proposing to modify the project to include the widening of LaSalle Boulevard where it is currently two lanes, the City is reviewing the 1995 ESR in accordance with the Municipal Class EA (2000) prior to proceeding to construction.  The review will be documented in an Addendum to the 1995 ESR.  The Addendum will describe the reason for the changes, the environmental implications of the changes, and any changes to the proposed mitigation measures.  The Addendum, and the 1995 ESR will be filed for public review and comment for a period of 30 calendar days.  An advertisement will be published in this newspaper at the appropriate time providing notification of the public review opportunity.

We are interested in hearing any comments that you may have about this project.  Comments and information regarding this project are being collected to assist the Project Team in meeting the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.  With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the Public Record and may be used in the Addendum.   Please provide your comments to either one of the following two Project Team members:

Mr. Bruce Sedgwick, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Earth Tech Canada Inc.
Sudbury Office
1040 Lorne Street South, Unit #1
Sudbury, ON  P3C 4R9
Tel: (705) 674-8713
Fax: (705) 674-1694

Mr. Robert Falcioni, P. Eng.
Director of Roads and Transportation
City of Greater Sudbury
PO Box 5000, STN ́Á
200 Brady Street, Tom Davies Square
Sudbury, ON  P3A 5P3
Tel: (705) 560-2022   Ext 3652
Fax: (705) 560-9641

Deadline: Jun 30 2006

Department: Infrastructure & Emergency Services Division: Engineering Services