Bradford Bypass History and Initial Design Updates
2002 Approved EA
- Route Planning Study completed in 1997.
- Environmental Assessment Approval in 2002.
- Highway right-of-way designation for the Bradford Bypass between Highway 400 and Highway 404 received in May 2004.
Update in Advance of Preliminary Design Study
- In advance of the Preliminary Design, the Ministry identified two modifications to the mainline alignment to reduce existing development impacts, and to update the alignment to meet designs standards as follows:
- Alignment Adjustment: Between 10th Sideroad and Regional Road 4, the approved alignment was shifted towards the north by 10m to mitigate impacts to an existing development.
- Alignment Refinement: To meet current standards in the vicinity of Artesian Industrial Parkway.
Engineering Considerations Bradford Bypass (Overall)
- Interchange configurations and Highway Geometrics
- Grading considerations
- Traffic Volume (demand)
- Traffic Operations (Level of Service)
- Traffic Operating Speed (design speeds)
- Traffic Staging
- Bridges, Culverts & Structural Design
- Retaining Walls & Noise Barrier Walls
- Foundations & Geotechnical
- Traffic Staging
- Drainage and Stormwater Management
- Financial (cost)
- Property impacts
- Active Transportation
- Traffic Management Systems
- Illumination / Traffic signals
- Pavement Engineering
Traffic – Needs and Justification 2002 Approved EA
- Inefficient travel as a result of the presence of physical and operational discontinuities.
Future Demand Growth Implications
- Current road / rail network is inadequate in terms of capacity and location to accommodate future demand.
Lack of Long-Term Plan
- Lack of a defined, approved long-term highway network plan in northern York Region and southern Simcoe County places constraints on provincial and municipal planning process.
- Capacity issues identified for east-west travel through northern York Region and southern Simcoe County.