London-Middlesex is in the Red/Control category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework. A number of City facilities have reopened to the public for in-person programs and services.
Southdale Road West is a major road that transports many Londoners every day. The road already experiences significant traffic delays, a challenge that is expected to increase with new and future developments in the area, including the recently built Bostwick Community Centre.
The Environmental Assessment looked at solving the above challenges by studying road improvements for Southdale Road West between Pine Valley Boulevard and Colonel Talbot Road. This study also looked at road enhancements to Bostwick Road from Southdale Road West to Pack Road to support future development in that region.
The 2030 Transportation Master Plan prioritized road improvements to Southdale Road West and Bostwick Road to address future growth and accommodate all roadway users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.
The study explored a variety of planning solutions to address the challenges in the area. The Environmental Study Report recommended improvements to the corridor that would accommodate all road users – a recommendation that aligned with the Transportation Master Plan's direction.
The study recommended:
These recommendations are designed to:
Phase 1 of construction (Southdale Road West from Farnham Road/Bostwick Road to Pine Valley Boulevard) is expected to start in 2022.
Phase 2 (Southdale Road West and Colonel Talbot Road intersection improvement) is anticipated to begin in 2024.
Phase 3 (Southdale Road West from Bostwick Road to Colonel Talbot Road) is anticipated to begin in 2031.
The Environmental Assessment is now complete, and Council approved the plan in April 2019.
The City sent out a notice of commencement to residents, business owners and interested stakeholders to notify them of the Environmental Assessment's start.
A Public Information Centre was scheduled for November 2017 at the Westview Baptist Church - interested parties were encouraged to attend. The public provided comments about the potential road improvements to Southdale Road West to the project team, which were critical to the development of this environmental assessment.
A Public Information Centre was scheduled for May 2018 at Westview Baptist Church. The team provided all interested parties with an update on the project and listened to feedback that was critical to shaping the recommendations provided by the Environmental Study Report.
The Environmental Assessment is now complete, and Council approved the plan in 2019.