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Nature’s Trail Road Bridge Replacement
Municipal Class Environmental Assessment – Notice of Completion

The Municipality of West Nipissing has undertaken a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study under the Schedule B process, for the proposed replacement of the Nature’s Trail Bridge.  The purpose of this Class EA Study was to provide an opportunity to solicit feedback from stakeholders and agencies on this project and address any potential concerns.

Nature’s Trail Bridge is a single-span 18.3m-long Bailey Bridge that carries a single lane of traffic over Wolseley Bay. The bridge is located on Nature’s Trail Road, at the end of Wolseley Bay Road (Highway 528), approximately 16km east of NoëIville.  Due to its deteriorating condition, the bridge has been recommended for replacement.

Based on preliminary design review and consultation with stakeholders and regulatory agencies, the preferred approach remains to replace the existing bridge with a new single lane pre-fabricated modular steel bridge at the same location alignment, but with an improved waterway opening.  Environmental protection measures will be required and monitored for the duration of the bridge replacement project.

Subject to comments received under this notice, and the receipt of necessary approvals, the Municipality of West Nipissing intends to proceed with the design and construction of the above-mentioned project.

Mr. Peter Firla, P.Eng.
Project Environmental Engineer
EXP Services Inc.
Suite 3-6A, 885 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON, P3E 5M4
705-674-9681 x.3936

Mr. Shawn Remillard, C. Tech.
Manager, Public Works
Municipality of West Nipissing
225 Holditch Street, Suite 101
Sturgeon Falls, ON, P2B 1T1

Written comments from interested persons are invited to be submitted within 30 calendar days from the date of this notice.  If there are no comments received within the 30 days, the Municipality plans to proceed with the design and construction of the project.

Should any concerns arise regarding this project, which cannot be resolved in discussion with the Municipality, a person may request that the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 5th Floor,777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (also known as a Part II Order), which addresses individual environmental assessments.  Requests must be received by the Minister at the address above within 30 calendar days of this Notice.  A copy of the request must also be sent to the Municipality of West Nipissing.  If no request is received within 30 calendar days of this Notice, the bridge replacement will proceed to design and construction.

Please note that all personal information included in a Part II Order submission – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for the purpose of transparency and consultation.  The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in s.37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1600.

This notice is issued on: July 8, 2021.

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