Q1. What is the purpose of this study?

The QEW Credit River Bridge is over 80 years old and requires extensive rehabilitation, including replacement of the deck.

This Detail Design assignment is building on the recommendations made during the QEW Credit River Bridge from West of Mississauga Road to West of Hurontario Street Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study. That study, started in 2009 and completed in 2013, included extensive consultation with the local community. The results of that study were documented in the QEW Credit River Bridge from West of Mississauga Road to West of Hurontario Street Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR).

The purpose of this Detail Design assignment is to finalize the design, develop strategies to reduce environmental impacts and integrate the project into the local surroundings.

The study involves designing a bridge to the north of the existing QEW Credit River Bridge and rehabilitation of the existing QEW Credit River Bridge.

Other components of the study include:

  • Improvements to QEW highway geometrics
  • Improvements/reconfiguration of the Mississauga Road interchange.
  • Replacement of the Mississauga Road overpass.
  • Drainage and storm water management improvements.
  • Noise walls for both the new and existing QEW Credit River Bridge.
  • Illumination and utilities work.
  • Working with the City of Mississauga to design two active transportation crossings at the QEW and over the Credit River.

Q2. What is the study process?

The study is being undertaken to fulfill the Detail Design requirements of a Group “B” project under the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA).

The consultation process for this study will build upon the work completed during Preliminary Design. We will utilize innovative strategies and methods to maximize the outreach and engagement of study stakeholders. This will include Public Information Centres (PICs), community workshops, as well as meetings with municipal and agency staff, members of the public, and First Nations communities. Click here for more information about the consultation process.

At the completion of the study, a Design and Construction Report (DCR) will be prepared documenting the findings and recommendations of the study, and made available for a 30 day public review period.

Q3. How are people being notified about this study?

The public within the general study area will be advised of key study milestones, such as, the study commencement and PICs, through newspaper ads, the project web site, direct mailing to those on the study mailing lists and a Canada Post Unaddressed Ad Mailing (bulk mail out) for the areas immediately adjacent to the QEW. The project mailing list is updated throughout the study.

You can have your name added to the mailing list by visiting the Contact Us page.

Q4. When does the public have an opportunity for input into the EA study?

The project is following the approved planning process for a Group “B” project in accordance with the “Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities” (2000) with the opportunity for public input throughout the study. Two Public Information Centres (PICs) will be held. One PIC is tentatively scheduled for fall 2017, while the other is tentatively scheduled for fall 2018. Two Community Workshops will also be held. See the Consultation section of this website for more details on providing input or participating.

Q5. What is the Ministry’s long-term plan for the QEW through Mississauga?

The Ministry has a long-term plan to implement HOV lanes through Mississauga.

A future Environmental Assessment Study will be carried out to determine how to implement HOV lanes through Mississauga.

Q6. What is this project doing about cycling/pedestrian connections across the Credit River (and across the QEW)?

Cycling / pedestrian connections are municipal initiatives. MTO is working with the City to incorporate crossings at the Credit River and over the QEW in this project. For further details, please contact the City of Mississauga.

Q7. Will municipal staff be involved in the project?

City of Mississauga and Region of Peel are important stakeholders will be involved throughout the project.

Q8. What is the Ministry doing to address the noise coming from the QEW and the Credit River Bridge?

A detailed noise analysis was carried out during the Preliminary Design phase. The results of this analysis concluded that transparent noise walls be installed on the south side of the existing Credit River Bridge as well as on the north side of the new Credit River Bridge.

Q9. What is the timing for construction?

This project is on the ministry’s Southern Highways Program for construction start 2018-2020. The timing of projects in the following lists is subject to change based on funding, planning, design, environmental approval, property acquisition and construction requirements.

Q10. Why does the project take so long to construct?

MTO must obtain all permits and approvals and go through the approved MTO Class EA process which includes consultation (i.e., meeting with stakeholders, agencies and local municipality) and environmental and technical investigations.

Since the completion of the Preliminary Design, MTO has had to complete archaeological investigations, acquire property and have discussions with utility companies on relocating major utility facilities. Now that these steps are well underway the Detail Design can begin which, once completed, allows MTO to proceed to construction.

Q11. What will be the impacts to traffic during construction?

The existing 6 lanes of traffic on the QEW will be maintained for the duration of construction. A traffic management plan will be developed to identify potential traffic impacts and a staging plan will be developed during this study.