Early Construction

Future bridge over Yonge St. to the west side of Holland River

BRADFORDTODAY.CA – Work on Bradford bypass to start as early as this fall – Mar 26, 2021 10:00 AM By: Natasha Philpott

Early work on the Bradford bypass project could start as soon as this fall, according to the provincial budget delivered on Wednesday.  The budget highlighted the importance of investing in highways, noting it is critical to keep people and goods moving while connecting communities and boosting local economies. The province has allocated more than $21 billion in funding over the next decade, including $2.6 billion in 2021-22, to expand and repair highways and bridges. The Bradford bypass — a 16.2-kilometre, four-lane highway connecting Highways 400 and 404  was on the list of projects currently planned or underway across the province on Page 105 of the 231-page document. 

 

[BRADFORDTODAY.CA – A Q&A with Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney about the Bradford Bypass project – May 31, 2021 2:00 PM By: Natasha Philpott

“Design and engineering work are underway. Early works like land acquisition have already begun and geotechnical work will start around fall 2021.”

When can residents expect to see shovels in the ground? 

“By early 2022 construction will be able to start on Yonge Street.”

“We want the Environmental Assessment to be completed, that is critical. We have signs in the ground set up around where the route is, which marks a big step forward.”

Really?

“We want the Environmental Assessment to be completed, that is critical.”

MTO’s project website says completion of the EA Study is scheduled for early 2023.  Not only is it most likely illegal, it is also unconscionable to start construction, such as building bridges, before the final Environmental Assessment Study has been properly evaluated and approved by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.  Who knows, the final decision may be to do nothing!  Our “Road Blocks” page lists 4 reasons why such a decision would be the appropriate solution.    

“We have signs in the ground set up around where the route is, which marks a big step forward.” 

There are no signs on Yonge St. despite a request for these signs that was made to Mulroney’s constituency office on June 11.  This request was confirmed in an email the same day.

Why is MTO afraid to put their signs in East Gwillimbury?  Perhaps they are afraid these residents, who have been kept in the dark for the last two years by our local newspaper, will suddenly wake up and make their views heard politically and elsewhere!