Milton councillor wants Steeles Ave. bridge over Hwy. 401 saved, improved

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Published January 29, 2024 at 2:51 pm

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Milton councillor John Challinor II has some thoughts about the future of the Steeles Ave. bridge over Hwy. 401.

And with the provincial government currently taking an in-depth look at the highway’s future, now is the time to make sure the provincial government hears about it.

At the Milton Town council meeting tonight (Monday, Jan. 29) Challinor is proposing the municipal government make a series of recommendations to the team undertaking the study.

“The study includes the consideration of potential improvements along the Hwy. 401 corridor to address both existing and long-term transportation and operational needs within the study area,” Challinor explains in his motion.

Here is what Challinor wants, and is hoping Milton council approves, regarding the Steeles Ave. bridge over Hwy. 401:

  • Construction of noise barriers on the south side of Hwy. 401, between the Steeles Ave. bridge and intermittently to the Halton-Wellington boundary, where there is significant residential settlement in place or planned, like elsewhere on the 400 Series highways and the QEW throughout the GTA
  • Construction of overhead light fixtures that feature focused lighting technology and infrastructure
  • Retention of the Steeles Avenue bridge over Hwy. 401, as it is a major east-west thoroughfare in Milton and a major alternate route when Hwy. 401 is closed between Regional Road 25 and all points east
  • Repair and widening of the Steeles Ave. bridge deck to support widening and heavier use of Steeles Ave. in Milton.
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