MUNICIPAL CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT                                                                


On Highway 3, Simcoe


Norfolk County has studied alternative solutions for the Cst. John Verral Memorial Bridge on Queensway East (Hwy 3), which spans the Lynn River in the town of Simcoe, Norfolk County. As determined in Phase 2 of the process, the preferred solution is to replace the bridge. An inventory of the natural, social, transportation, and economic environments were undertaken, and alternative design concepts and their impacts were evaluated in Phase 3 of the process. Following a period of public consultation, the preferred design is a new bridge which consists of 5 lanes with sidewalks in accordance with the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code.

This project is being planned under Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. Subject to comments received as a result of this Notice, and the receipt of necessary approvals, Norfolk County intends to proceed with the design of this project, with construction commencing in 2021.

A copy of the completed Environmental Study Report is available for review at www.gdvallee.ca .

For individuals without online access, hard copies can be obtained for review by contacting the project managers listed below:


Norfolk County
Public Works
183 Main Street
Delhi ON N4B 2M3Contact: Mike King, C.E.T.
Director, Engineering
Phone: (519) 582-2100 x1600
Email:   Mike.King@norfolkcounty.ca
G. Douglas Vallee Limited
Consulting Engineers & Architect
2 Talbot Street North
Simcoe ON N3Y 3W4Contact:  A. Ryan Elliott, P.Eng., BDS
Director, Structural Engineering
Phone:  (519) 410-7850
Email:   RyanElliott@gdvallee.ca


Interested persons should provide written comments within 30 days from the date of this Notice to the municipality before August 22, 2020. Comments should be directed to Mike King, CET, Director of Engineering at Norfolk County. If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with Norfolk County, a person or party may request that the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order). Part II Order requests must be made using a Part II Order Request Form, available online at http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca by searching for “Part II Order Request”. Requests for a Part II Order must be received by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, 77 Wellesley Street West, 11th Floor, Ferguson Block, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2T5, email Minister.mecp@ontario.ca, and the Director of the Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P5, email enviropermissions@ontario.ca, and the Norfolk County Director of Engineering noted above, before August 22, 2020.

All comments and information received from individuals, stakeholder groups, and agencies regarding this project are being collected to assist Norfolk County in making a decision. Under the “Municipal Act”, personal information such as name, address, telephone number, and property location that may be included in a submission becomes part of the public record. This notice is being provided pursuant to the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, the Municipal Engineers Association’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, dated October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011, and 2015, and the direction of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

This Notice was first issued July 22, 2020

Jason Godby, B.A., C.E.T.

Interim General Manager, Public Works, Norfolk County