Portrait on the Bridge – May 18, 2013 @ NOON

From Gord Willson and Donna Bailey:

“The ‘Village Portrait on the Bridge’ to promote Spring Festival is a way to gain greater attendance at our annual event and it is the foundation of the idea that we must gain greater public support. On 25 May, we all become ambassadors of the village for survival.”

Please join us on the bridge – May 18 at noon for the portrait.  See the attached image below for more details.
Village Portrait II

Whitevale Master Drainage Plan – Recommendations

The recommended Master Drainage Plan for the Study Area consists of a combination of improvement measures to address flooding, erosion and water quality issues. This section outlines the elements of the Master Drainage Plan and the process for their implementation.

Elements of the Master Plan

The elements of the Master Plan include the measures selected as described in Section 5 as well as a list of additional recommendations. These elements are summarized below and the corresponding MEA Class EA Schedule, if applicable, is also included.

Whitevale Road (East) – Alternative # 2 Rural Reconstruction
This alternative will replace the existing road with a new paved rural cross-section and grass ditches, similar to the current road width. Further, the road profile will be adjusted to establish proper drainage and minimize flooding of adjacent properties. A new storm sewer will also be constructed, with properly spaced ditch inlets to prevent surface flooding and erosion. The MEA Class EA document classifies these works as Schedule A+ undertakings. Additional details and recommendations associated with the preferred solution are described on Figure F-6 in Appendix F.

Local Residential Roads – Alternative # 2 Local Road Improvements
This alternative will maintain the existing unpaved rural cross-section and will carry out local grading works (i.e., profile, road crown, ditches, etc.) to re-establish proper drainage and minimize flooding of adjacent properties. Regular maintenance will also be required for this alternative. The MEA Class EA document classifies these works as Schedule A undertakings. Additional details and recommendations associated with the preferred solution are described on Figure F-7 in Appendix F.

Intermittent Drainage Feature – Alternative # 5 Storm Flow Diversion to Whitevale Road Storm
Sewer
The selected alternative will include minor re-grading the roadside ditch on the east side of North Road to accommodate a portion of the flood flows from the catchment area to the north of the Study Area. New driveway culverts and a new storm inlet to the Whitevale Road storm sewer will be constructed and the proposed Whitevale Road storm sewer (refer to Section 6.1.1) will be increased in size to accommodate the additional peak flows from North Road. The existing culvert crossing at North Road will also be replaced in order to convey low flows to the existing drainage feature. The MEA Class EA document classifies these works as Schedule A+ undertakings. Additional details and recommendations associated with the preferred solution are also included on Figure F-7 in Appendix F.

Additional Surface Drainage & Erosion Improvements
In addition to the preferred solution, a number of additional minor recommendations are proposed to further improve the drainage system deficiencies observed within the Study Area. Recommendations are made for two additional areas; Whitevale Road (West); and North Road which are both considered Schedule A undertakings.

From the “Whitevale Master Drainage Plan – Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Report” (March 2013)

Whitevale Bridge – Replacement Recommendations

From the Project File Report: Whitevale Bridge Replacement – Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (December 2011)

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS

The following alternative solutions were considered for this project:

A. Do Nothing – no change to the bridge or current operation of the road.
B. Restrictive Signing/Traffic Diversion – re-direct traffic to adjoining roads and restrict loads on bridge.
C. Removal of Bridge.
D. Bridge Replacement 1 Lane – replacement of the two lane bridge with a one lane structure.
E. Bridge Replacement 2 Lanes – replacement of the two lane bridge with a new two lane structure.

Each of the alternatives was evaluated on the basis of how well the identified problems and opportunities could be addressed. The evaluation of the alternative solutions was presented to the public and review agencies for comment and input.

PRELIMINARY PREFERRED SOLUTION

Alternative E – Bridge Replacement 2 Lanes (13.6m wide x 36m long) was considered to be the best solution to address natural, social and cultural environment issues by maintaining the viability of the road as an important link and focal point for the community. The project would be constructed according to current bridge code standards, resulting in the introduction of horizontal clearancelrecovery zones for improved pedestrian and vehicular safety, and the addition of a sidewalk on the north side of the bridge for improved pedestrian safety. The bridge structure would be 13.6m wide, 5m wider than the existing structure and be constructed with a minimally longer span (4m) of the West Duffins Creek. Extension of the bridge span by 4m would result in improvements to terrestrial passage adjacent to the west abutment of the bridge would result in improvements to terrestrial passage adjacent to the west abutment of the bridge.

The structure would be designed with sensitivity to the heritage elements of the bridge and surrounding heritage district by incorporating, where feasible, design elements from the existing bridge, in keeping with the heritage setting.

After considering comments received at and subsequent to the Public Information Centre where comments ranged from ‘replace the two lane bridge with a two lane bridge’ to ‘replace the two lane bridge with a one lane bridge’, and in addition to concerns raised regarding the scale of the bridge, increased traffic and impacts of surrounding area developments on the traffic flow, the City undertook a review of the preliminary preferred solution. The review resulted in the recommendation of a revised preferred solution which would see the existing two lane (8.6m wide x 32m long) bridge replaced with a two lane (11.5m wide x 36m long) bridge. 

 

Whitevale Bridge – Notice of Public Information Centre

Notice of Public Information Centre

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment
Replacement of Whitevale Bridge on Whitevale Road over West Duffins Creek

The City of Pickering has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to assess alternatives for the replacement of the Whitevale Bridge on Whitevale Road over West Duffins Creek. Replacement of the Whitevale Bridge is required to address structural and safety deficiencies identified by the City.

The City has retained SRM Associates to complete the Class EA Study. The study is proceeding in accordance with ‘Schedule B’ of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (June 2000, as amended in October 2007). The study will confirm the issues, problems and opportunities, and re-confirm the scope of potential project impacts for the replacement of the bridge, identify alternative solutions to the defined problems and opportunities, and select a preferred solution. The alternative solutions will consider the effects on engineering and public safety and on the natural, social, economic and cultural environment.

Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) Class Environmental Assessment

MOI has landholdings within the study area; these landholdings are identified on the Key Map above (locations approximate). These lands may be considered for disposition (e.g. easements or transfers) based on the preferred solution(s) recommended in the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study.

Projects proposed within MOI lands will be assessed in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) Class Environmental Assessment Process for Realty (Non-Electricity Projects).

Consultation

The purpose of the Public Information Centre (PIC) is to introduce the study, answer questions regarding the project, consult on the alternative solutions and preliminary preferred solution, and solicit comments. The PIC will consist of two informal drop-in sessions displaying the same materials as follows:

Date: Wednesday February 16, 2011
Place: Whitevale Community Centre – 405 Whitevale Road, Whitevale, ON (located on the south side of Whitevale Road, first driveway west of Whitevale Bridge)
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm  and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Public input during the planning process of this project is encouraged. If you have any comments or questions, require any further information about the study or the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process, or wish to be included as a stakeholder, please contact the study team:

Darrell B. Selsky, CET, CMM III
Supervisor, Engineering & Capital Works
City of Pickering
One The Esplanade, Pickering, ON, L1V 6K7
Phone: 905.420.4460 ext 2149 | Fax: 905.420.4650
E-mail: dselsky@cityofpickering.com

Lynn Collins, MCIP, RPP
Environmental Project Coordinator
SRM Associates
110 Scotia Court, Unit 41, Whitby, ON, L1N 8Y7
Phone: 905.686.6402 | Fax: 905.432.7877
E-mail: lcollins@srmassociates.org

Whitevale Bridge – Notice of Study Commencement (Environmental Assessment)

NOTICE OF STUDY COMMENCEMENT

MUNICIPAL CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
REPLACEMENT OF WHITEVALE BRIDGE ON WHITEVALE ROAD OVER WEST DUFFINS CREEK

Purpose
The City of Pickering is initiating a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to assess alternatives for the replacement of the Whitevale Bridge on Whitevale Road over West Duffins Creek. Reconstruction of the Whitevale Bridge is required to address structural and safety deficiencies identified by the City.

The Process
The City has retained SRM Associates to complete the Class EA Study. The study will proceed in accordance with ‘Schedule B’ of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, June 2000, as amended in October 2007. The study will confirm the issues, problems and opportunities, and re-confirm the scope of potential project impacts for the reconstruction of the bridge, identify alternative solutions to the defined problems and opportunities, and select a preferred implementation strategy. The alternative solutions will consider the effects on engineering and public safety, natural environment, social environment, economic environment and cultural environment.

Public input during the planning process of this project is encouraged. Formal public consultation will be scheduled during the study to provide additional information, answer questions regarding the project, identify the alternative and preferred solutions being evaluated, and solicit feedback and comments. Notices advising of the date, time and location of the upcoming Public Consultation Centre will be mailed to all stakeholders, posted on Municipal websites and advertised in the local newspaper.

Comments will be maintained for reference throughout the project and will become part of the public record. Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

For more information on this project, please contact:
Darrell B. Selsky, CET, CMM III
Supervisor, Engineering & Capital Works
City of Pickering
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON, L1V 6K7
Phone: 905 420-4660 ext. 2149 | Fax: 905 420-4650
Email: dselsky@cityofpickering.com

Lynn Collins, MCIP, RPP
Environmental Project Coordinator
SRM Associates
110 Scotia Court, Unit 41
Whitby, ON, L1N 8Y7
Phone: 905 686-6402 | Fax: 905 432-7877
E-mail: lcollins@srmassociates.org

Whitevale Bridge – EA & Detailed Design Contract

Project: Consulting Services to Undertake a Class Environmental Assessment and Detail Design for the Replacement of the Whitevale Bridge (RFP-1-2010)

Award: SRM Associates  for $400,285 (HST included)

Project Background:  In July of 2008 the Hamlet of Whitevale experienced a severe rain storm which caused erosion to the banks around the existing bridge structure.  The consulting firm of AECOM was hired to inspect the damage and make recommendations for the repairs.  It was determined at that time that a temporary repair was required for the North West abutment of the structure.  In the fall of 2008 a
contractor was hired to install a steel H beam support for the abutment.  The erosion repairs to the existing banks were carried out by City Operations staff.  In 2009 funds were budgeted in the Roads Capital Account to hire a consultant for the Detail design to rehabilitate the existing bridge deck. However, this assignment was not initiated and the funds were carried over to 2010.  In March 2010 Engineering Services initiated the City wide Municipal Structure inspections awarded to Keystone Bridge Management Corporation.  The City was advised recently by Keystone that the Whitevale Bridge was in extremely poor condition and should be restricted to one lane of traffic and that the load posted should be reduced to 10 tonnes immediately.  Keystone also recommended that the bridge be replaced rather than rehabilitated due to shear cracks in the existing abutments.