Brighton council hears of 401 design plans for Brighton to Colborne stretch

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Brighton councillors heard recently about potential design plans for the Hwy. 401 stretch between Colborne and Brighton.

​Muhammad Waseem, senior project engineer with the Ministry of Transportation, and Brent Gotts, WSP Canada Inc. consultant project manager, shared a few highlights from the preliminary design and class environmental assessment studies.

​“This study is basically looking into the long-term replacement needs for the aging bridges and culverts,” Waseem said.

​“The bridges and culverts were built in the late ‘50s and they’re getting old and they’re at a point where they need to be replaced. This study will allow us to build a preliminary design for the replacement of bridges and culverts.”

​Waseem said through the study they are also establishing “the footprint” for future expansion of the 401 to six and ultimately eight lanes to see where the future 401 alignment will land so they can design the bridges and culverts appropriately and eventually build them in the right locations.

​The study will also allow the project team to develop appropriate “rehabilitation and replacement strategies” to account for the narrow roadway platform during construction work and allow for the safe operation of the highway, Waseem added.

​The bridges in the study area that will be replaced in Brighton and Colborne are Hurley Road, Lake Road and County Road 26. The four structural culverts are just east of Little Lake.

​“We will also be upgrading the commuter parking lot at County Road 30,” Gotts added.

​The study area is from just east of Percy Street to just west of County Road 30 and from just east of County Road 30 to just west of Christiani Road.

​“As we move through the project, we will be developing alternatives and identifying a preferred plan and we will be presenting that in a couple of milestones throughout the project,” Gotts said.

​Waseem and Gotts foresee an impact to some property owners along the 401 corridor due to future widening and some potential impact due to crossing road bridge replacements and local road realignments/modifications. Property owners with likely impacts will be notified, they said.

​A recorded presentation about the project for the public will be posted on the project website at www.highway401colbornebrighton.ca starting April 21.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News