This Road Construction Project Will Add Connection from Oakville to Burlington
It looks like an incoming road construction project will increase the number of connections from Oakville to Burlington, with the provincial dollars to back it up.
At the July 11 regional council meeting, Halton Region councillors unanimously voted to support a recommendation by regional staff that the Wyecroft Bridge Project should be the region’s choice to get funding under the Move Ontario Quick Wins grant program.
Wyecroft Road will be extended with a bridge over Bronte Creek, connecting Burlington and Oakville south of the QEW, meaning the Burloak section of Wyecroft Road will connect with the Bronte Road section of Wyecroft, as seen in the map below:
From the map, you can see one main reason for connecting both ends of Wyecroft together is to improve people’s access to the Bronte and Appleby GO stations. At present time, the best way to access either GO station from either side is through Rebecca Street, or even the QEW itself.
This is what Wyecroft from Burloak Drive looks like right now: a literal dead end with the option of turning back or pulling into the Longos plaza.
And this is the end of Wyecroft intersecting with Bronte Road on the Oakville side: the one visible downside is those trees will most likely come down:
“Residents in Ward 1 have long realized the need for this regional connection. This corridor will further enhance the ability to get around our Region and is a great win for all of Halton,” said Oakville Ward 1 Regional Coun. Sean O’Meara.
The project will be incorporated into Halton’s 2019 budget, then detail design, approvals, land acquisition and construction can begin.
Ontario’s Quick Wins program was introduced back in 2007, as part of the province’s overall funding strategy to improve public transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area through Metrolinx. The province allocated some $744 million for this program.
Some of the projects across the GTHA funded so far include:
Improvements along Hamilton’s A-line, such as more bus services with hybrid-electric vehicles.
Mississauga Transitway hub at the Airport-Renforth Gateway.
New buses and corridor service improvements for York Region Viva bus service.
2,371 new bike racks for buses across the GTHA.
It seems highly unlikely that this particular road construction project would be a negative impact on businesses or a ‘nuisance’, as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business recently said in a new study; in fact, by extending the road to provide easier access to GO stations, you are actually helping people get to work faster.
What do you think about extending Wyecroft Road to connect across Bronte Creek?