Construction on Mid Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall tunnel has begun

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Gary Carr

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In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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Halton Region has begun construction on a 60-metre deep shaft at Coronation Park on Lakeshore Road West in Oakville. This work is part of the initial construction for the Mid Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall tunnel, a 6.3 km underground pipe which will carry treated wastewater (or effluent) from the plant to the lake. Located 60 metres below the road’s surface, the tunnel will run 4.2 km from the wastewater treatment plant on North Service Road to Lake Ontario, and an additional 2.1 km offshore.

Improving quality of life for our residents is a top priority for the Region. We are making a significant commitment to infrastructure with the Mid-Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion and outfall project. These projects will not only provide significant environmental benefits to Lake Ontario, they will also improve the safe handling and management of wastewater as our communities continue to grow. This is just one of the many projects we’re working on as part of our Building a Better Halton infrastructure construction plan to ensure that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

In early December, the Region’s contractor Strabag Inc. began mobilizing excavation equipment at the shaft site at the east end of Coronation Park, which is currently fenced off for public safety. Work will include drilling and excavation of materials from the shaft site. Residents can expect to see increased truck traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday; however, this will be restricted to Lakeshore Road West (from Coronation Park to Third Line) and on Third Line, north to the QEW. It is anticipated that there will be noise, vibration and dust during the excavation, which will be monitored throughout the construction and will comply with the Town of Oakville’s by-laws.

It is expected that construction of the shaft at Coronation Park will be completed in May 2015, at which point Strabag will begin onshore tunnelling. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2017 and the park will be restored to its original condition. Halton Region thanks residents in advance for their understanding and can check out the Regional Construction Projects page on Halton region’s website for up-to-date project details. For more information on Regional construction, dial 311 or visit Halton.ca/construction.

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