The study will examine the nature of improvements required to address traffic operations, capacity, and safety needs along a 30 km section of Highway 400 from 1 km south of Highway 89 to the junction at Highway 11, and will confirm the ultimate property requirements to facilitate protection of the corridor. Improvements to this section of the Highway 400 corridor will focus on the re-evaluation of the Highway 400 alignment shift north of Highway 89, the re-evaluation of the 10-lane cross-section through the City of Barrie, and an examination of interchange configuration alternatives throughout the corridor. Preferred Alternative(s) will be generated and evaluated based on technical and environmental factors and in consultation with the public, stakeholders, municipalities and government agencies.

A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) was previously prepared and received environmental clearance for improvements to this section of the Highway 400 corridor in April 2004 (G.W.P. 30-95-00).

A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) Addendum will be prepared and made available for public review at the completion of the study in the event that any significant changes to the recommended plan and impacts outlined in the April 2004 TESR are identified. Refer to the EA Process page for more information.

Two Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held during this study to provide the public with the opportunity to discuss the project and provide input to the Project Team. PIC #1 was held on November 25, 2014 to present and receive input on the study process, background of the previously recommended plan (identified in 2004), existing conditions, findings of the traffic analysis, the mainline and interchange alternative(s) under consideration, and the process for evaluating alternatives.

Public Information Centre #2 has now been arranged to provide the public with the opportunity to view and provide comments on the changes to the Approved Plan identified in the 2004 TESR as well as to view the details of the evaluation of alternatives, the technically preferred alternatives, and the results of the impact assessment and proposed mitigation measures.

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