In a letter I received yesterday, Bob Chiarelli (Minister of Transportation) has advised that the Ontario Government has responded to public feedback by undertaking additional analyis of existing highway options rather than considering new highway corridors.
The Minister’s letter states that:
“At this time, the preferred highway expansion options include:
Widening existing highways in the Hamilton to Halton area
Widening the QEW in the Hamilton to St. Catharines area to eight lanes
A new highway corridor south of Welland, connecting Highway 406 to the QEW near Fort Erie.”
These options will be explained in detail at public meetings in February.
Last month I began linking both the upcoming committee agendas and the City Committee Highlights to my monthly progress report to facilitate quick access for you to view the issues being addressed and the resulting decisions by Council. I have received good feedback on this and will continue to make this one of the first pieces in my reports.
December has been another busy month as we completed our final city Council Meeting for 2012 on December 10, and our final Regional Council meeting on December 12. The last cycle of Committee Meetings for the City addressed many items.
I am continuing to meet with participants from the One Dream Workshop to continue work to define a dream for Burlington. Over the next few weeks I will meet with the 35 participants which included representation from across Burlington: business owners, health care advocates, volunteers, educators, culture and sport and not-for-profit leaders, students and young people aged from 17-78.