Public Notice: Public Information Centre

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study for Confederation Drive River Crossing

The Project

The Town of Smiths Falls is conducting a review of a bridge to address its advanced state of deterioration. The Confederation Drive River Crossing is located within the Town of Smiths Falls and is illustrated on the key plan below. Confederation Drive River Crossing is located on Confederation Drive over the Rideau Canal and can be accessed from Confederation Drive, that leads to Centennial Park or Canal Street off Highway 15 (Beckwith Street South), at Veterans’ Memorial Park (Cenotaph) and the Smiths Falls Combined Lockstation Lock 29a.

 

 

Key Plan

Confederation Drive River Crossing is a single lane, twin span Warren type pony truss with a pedestrian pathway on the upstream side over the Rideau Canal that was constructed circa 1904. Confederation Drive River Crossing crosses the Rideau River, a Canadian Heritage River and is adjacent to the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site (WHS) and National Historic Site of Canada (NHSC). Through a heritage evaluation, the existing bridge meets three of the criteria from O. Reg. 9/06 and is eligible for designation under Part IV Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA).  At this time, due to poor condition, Confederation Drive River Crossing is closed for public use.

The Study Process

This study is being conducted in accordance with Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) (October 2000, as amended) process in order to identify and develop a technically preferred alternative solution for addressing concerns related to the Confederation Drive River Crossing.

Online Public Information Centre

The purpose of this notice is to invite you to participate in the Online Public Information Centre (PIC) for this project. The Online PIC will present the study process, existing conditions, alternative solutions, identify the recommended Technically Preferred Alternative and provide opportunity for public input and comments.

The Online PIC can be accessed through Speak Up Smiths Falls at: Online Public Information Centre

Public input and comments will be considered in developing the preferred design alternative. If you have any questions, comments, require additional information, require a printout of the PIC or wish to be added to the project contact list for future updates on the study, please contact one of the following Project Team members below:

Paul McMunn

Director of Public Works & Utilities

Town of Smiths Falls

77 Beckwith Street North, Smiths Falls K7A 2B8

613-283-4124 x 1152

pmcmunn@smithsfalls.ca

Lisa Marshall, P. Eng.

Consultant Project Manager

McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd.

115 Walgreen Road, R.R. 3, Carp, ON K0A 1L0

1-613-714-0815

l.marshall@mcintoshperry.com

The Online PIC will be available from May 26th to June 23rd, 2022.

As per the requirements of the Schedule B MCEA, a draft Project File Report is being maintained throughout the Class EA Study and is now available for viewing on Speak Up Smiths Falls. The final Project File Report will be made available for a 30-day public review period at the conclusion of the study. An advertisement will be published at that time in The Smiths Falls Record News, Town of Smiths Falls Facebook page, Speak Up Smiths Falls and at www.smithsfalls.ca to indicate where the Study Report can be viewed.

Comments submitted to the Town of Smiths Falls for the purpose of providing feedback regarding this Municipal Class Environmental Assessment are collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act. 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. Questions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of this information may be addressed to Paul McMunn, Director of Public Work and Utilities, at 613-283-4124 x1152 or pmcmunn@smithsfalls.ca

This notice was first issued on May 26th and June 2nd, 2022.