Highway 7/12 Alternative Route Environmental Assessment

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Thank you for your interest in this project. Public consultation for the second Virtual Community Open House has concluded.

Stay tuned for future public engagement opportunities about the Highway 7/12 Alternative Route later in 2021.

Aerial view of Brooklin

About the Study

The Town has initiated a Provincial Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to determine an alternative route(s) for the provincial traffic through the Brooklin area. The Study will evaluate alternative corridors and recommend a preferred plan to address both the local and provincial traffic needs of the Study Area.

Currently, the existing Provincial Highway 7/12 travels through Downtown Brooklin (Baldwin Street) as a 2-lane urban highway. An alternate route must be determined for provincial truck traffic, goods movement and motorists not destined to Downtown Brooklin.

Problem and Opportunity Statement

The Problem and Opportunity Statement identified in the Brooklin Transportation Master Plan Study (2017), as adopted by this Environmental Assessment (EA), is as follows:

“With impending significant population growth and to support a community-focused, pedestrian-oriented, business-friendly and sustainable downtown, the longer distance through traffic, heavy truck traffic, and some commuter traffic is no longer suited to travel through Downtown Brooklin. Diversion of Provincial Highway 7/12 to a suitable alternative has the potential to alleviate congestion and improve the social environment of the downtown core. Transportation policies and infrastructure improvements are required to encourage alternative sustainable modes of travel throughout Brooklin (transit, walking and cycling) and to accommodate the transportation infrastructure needs associated with growth identified in the Brooklin Secondary Plan Area.”

This EA will assess transportation alternatives and opportunities to address and support the Problem and Opportunity Statement. This EA also includes the analysis and evaluation of alternatives for the northern terminus of Baldwin Street (potentially with Thickson Road) to discourage connectivity for through trips not destined to Brooklin.

About the Study

The Town has initiated a Provincial Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to determine an alternative route(s) for the provincial traffic through the Brooklin area. The Study will evaluate alternative corridors and recommend a preferred plan to address both the local and provincial traffic needs of the Study Area.

Currently, the existing Provincial Highway 7/12 travels through Downtown Brooklin (Baldwin Street) as a 2-lane urban highway. An alternate route must be determined for provincial truck traffic, goods movement and motorists not destined to Downtown Brooklin.

Problem and Opportunity Statement

The Problem and Opportunity Statement identified in the Brooklin Transportation Master Plan Study (2017), as adopted by this Environmental Assessment (EA), is as follows:

“With impending significant population growth and to support a community-focused, pedestrian-oriented, business-friendly and sustainable downtown, the longer distance through traffic, heavy truck traffic, and some commuter traffic is no longer suited to travel through Downtown Brooklin. Diversion of Provincial Highway 7/12 to a suitable alternative has the potential to alleviate congestion and improve the social environment of the downtown core. Transportation policies and infrastructure improvements are required to encourage alternative sustainable modes of travel throughout Brooklin (transit, walking and cycling) and to accommodate the transportation infrastructure needs associated with growth identified in the Brooklin Secondary Plan Area.”

This EA will assess transportation alternatives and opportunities to address and support the Problem and Opportunity Statement. This EA also includes the analysis and evaluation of alternatives for the northern terminus of Baldwin Street (potentially with Thickson Road) to discourage connectivity for through trips not destined to Brooklin.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Town of Whitby is inviting residents to provide their feedback on potential options of where to place the future Highway 7/12 Alternative Route that will be built in Whitby.

    Thank you for your interest in this project. Public consultation for the second Virtual Community Open House has concluded.

    Stay tuned for future public engagement opportunities about the Highway 7/12 Alternative Route later in 2021.

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