Public Open House - Black Road and Third Line Corridor Improvements

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The purpose of this Notice to invite you to an Open House to discuss the preferred preliminary design to address changing traffic patterns and vehicular and pedestrian safety in the Black Road and Third Line corridors from McNabb Street to Third Line and from Black Road to the Sault Area Hospital entrance respectively (refer to key plan below).
Black Road/Third Line Corridor Improvements


Changing traffic patterns along Black Road and Third Line are the result of congestion in other parallel corridors and recent new and planned developments in the northern portion of the City, including the Sault Area Hospital (SAH).

The preferred solution consists of widening to provide four through lanes (two in each direction) along Black Road from McNabb Street to Second Line and widening to provide a wider road platform while maintaining two through lanes (one in each direction) along Black Road from Second Line to Third Line and along Third Line from Black Road to the SAH entrance.

Design options being considered for the preferred solution include cross-section type, lane widths, cyclists and pedestrians and intersection configurations. The purpose of the open house is to discuss the various design options considered and to present the preliminary preferred design which was determined based on technical requirements, environmental considerations and costs.

Class Environmental Assessment (EA)

This project is being planned as a Schedule C project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process (Class EA process). The Class EA process includes identification of problems and opportunities, evaluation of alternative solutions and designs, stakeholder consultation, assessment of potential effects on the environment and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any adverse effects.

Public and external agency consultation is a key component of this Study. The City of Sault Ste. Marie is making preliminary study materials available for public viewing at a Public Open House to be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Russ Ramsay Room (Level 3) in the Civic Center (99 Foster Drive)

The City's Consultant and City staff will be available to discuss the project details with you.

Interested individuals are also encouraged to visit the project web page to access project documentation and updates.

In the meantime should you have any questions or require further information please contact either:

Don Elliott, P.Eng.
Director of Engineering Services
City of Sault Ste. Marie

Rick Talvitie, P.Eng.
Project Manager
AECOM Canada Ltd.

Please note that information related to this study will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments received will become part of the public record and may be included in Study documentation prepared for public review.

This Notice issued on November 12, 19 and 21, 2015.

Don Elliott, P.Eng.
Director of Engineering Services
City of Sault Ste. Marie

We look forward to seeing you at the open house!
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