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.
Western Road between Huron College and Platts Lane is part of a busy transportation corridor serving Western University and other local institutions. Every day, Western Road and Sarnia Road respectively accommodate approximately 26,000 and 23,000 vehicles.
Within this corridor, the Western Road and Sarnia Road/Philip Aziz Avenue intersection supports a large volume of vehicles making turning movements, high pedestrian and cycling traffic and frequent transit services. This type of traffic is expected to increase in the future.
This Environmental Assessment was initiated to explore solutions to the challenges in this area, including looking at:
Due to planning of London’s Bus Rapid Transit and Western safety changes within & around campus, this project has been on hold since Fall 2015. The project team plans to resurrect the Environmental Assessment in 2020 with new public information sessions in 2021.
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 June 2015 at University Heights Public School - interested parties were encouraged to attend. They provided comments specific to the potential Western and Sarnia Road / Philip Aziz intersection improvements to the project team, which were critical to the development of this environmental assessment.
New public information sessions are planned for 2021 and interested parties will be invited to give feedback to the project team. All feedback is vital in shaping the recommendations provided by the Environmental Study Report.