EA begins for Deemerton Road project east of Mildmay

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BRUCE COUNTY – Bruce County announced last week that it has retained BT Engineering to undertake an Environmental Assessment (EA) study and detail design for the rehabilitation of Bruce Road 6 East A (BR6EA), known locally as the Deemerton Road.

The project area begins at George Street in Mildmay and goes to Grey Road 10. The study will evaluate the roadway alignment and will recommend a preferred plan to address the traffic needs within the project area.

Improvements to BR6EA are required to address safety concerns associated with the vertical and horizontal curves and to rehabilitate the existing pavement structure, culverts, and bridges.

It’s been described as one of the worst roads in the county.

When the matter came before county council in July, County Coun. Robert Buckle, mayor of South Bruce, said, “This is really needed. The road is so bad that the speed limit is 70 km/h all through it.”

County Coun. Chris Peabody, mayor of Brockton, said the road is in bad shape and he is glad to see this project.

The EA will be conducted as a Municipal Schedule A+ Class Environmental Assessment. The project will determine the design and staging for the road rehabilitation, and will consider the effects on the natural, social, and cultural environments. If there are greater impacts to the natural, social, or cultural environment than initially anticipated, the project will be elevated to a Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment with public notification provided.

There is opportunity at any time during the Class EA process for interested persons to provide comments. All information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Persons will be advised of future communication opportunities by newspaper public notices, notices on the County website and through direct mail outs via Canada Post or email distribution.

Miguel Pelletier, director of transportation and environmental services, said at the July meeting that he estimates the project will take five years to complete.

Total estimate of eligible costs is $4.519 million, of which 50 per cent will come from the federal government, 33 per cent provincial and 17 per cent county.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times