The purpose of this study is to identify possible interim improvements as well as an ultimate improvement strategy for the section of the Highway 11 corridor from 1.0 km south of Simcoe Road 169 northerly approximately 20 km to Muskoka Road 169, as recommended by the Highway 11 – Barrie to Gravenhurst Study Design Report, March 2005.
The ultimate vision for this section of Highway 11 is a controlled access freeway, which will limit all vehicle access to the highway to interchange locations only. Closure of at-grade intersections and entrances, improvements to existing interchanges, and the possible introduction of new interchanges as well as service road connections to provide alternative access for residences and businesses fronting on to Highway 11 will be examined as part of this study.
Reasonable alternatives to address the required improvements will be identified and evaluated to determine the most appropriate solution. Alternatives to be considered in this study include:
The recommended improvements may be introduced in a staged-manner in order to address the existing and future capacity and operational needs along this section of the Highway 11 corridor.
This study will follow the approved planning process for a Group 'A' project under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities and will exercise the process outlined in the Highway 11 Study Design Report – Barrie to Gravenhurst.
A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) documenting the generation, assessment, and evaluation of alternatives, a detailed description of the recommended plan, anticipated environmental effects associated with the recommended plan and the corresponding ways of reducing or avoiding impacts will be prepared and made available for public review at the completion of the study.
Last Updated on July 29, 2010