Welcome to the Highway 6 Little Current Swing Bridge Study. The Ministry of Transportation, Ontario (MTO) is undertaking a Planning, Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for the Highway 6 Little Current Swing Bridge located in the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands in Northeastern Ontario. The bridge provides year-round highway access between the community of Little Current and Manitoulin Island and mainland areas of Northern Ontario.
Stantec Consulting Limited (Stantec) was retained by the MTO to complete the Planning, Preliminary Design and Class EA Study for this assignment.
You are encouraged to participate in the project and to provide comments in writing to the project team.
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The existing Highway 6 Little Current Swing Bridge is the oldest and longest known example of a swing bridge within the province and has been identified by MTO as a Provincial Heritage Property of Provincial Significance (PHPPS) under section 25.2 of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA). MTO must comply with the 2010 Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties, (Standards and Guidelines) pursuant to Part III.1, section 25.2, of the OHA. MTO must also adhere to the MTO’s Ontario Heritage Bridge Guidelines (Interim 2008) (OHBG).
MTO’s OHBG sets out eight conservation options that must be considered for its bridges. Under the Standards and Guidelines, removal or demolition of all or part of a provincial heritage property should be considered as a last resort, having considered all other alternatives, subject to Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) and community engagement. The Standards and Guidelines also requires the consent of the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries be obtained prior to the demolition or removal of any building or structure located on a PHPPS.
The Recommended Plan for this Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study includes the removal of the existing Highway 6 Little Current Swing Bridge, following construction of the new bridge. In accordance with provincial requirements MTO has prepared a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), a study that documents how the conservation options were considered, identifies the impacts associated with the removal of the bridge, and recommends options and mitigation measures to reduce negative impacts and conserve cultural heritage value or interest. The HIA will also support MTO’s Request for the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries’ consent and will guide next steps and the future of the existing bridge
At this time, MTO is requesting your input regarding the findings and recommendations documented in the HIA. An electronic copy of the HIA report is available for review upon request for a 30-day review period until February 7, 2022. Should you wish to review the HIA report, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned via email at [email protected]. It would be greatly appreciated if you could kindly provide any comments and/or feedback you may have to the undersigned by Monday, February 7, 2022.
Should you have any additional questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the project team ([email protected]).
Online Public Information Centre 3 is available for your review and comment. Please click the following image to view the presentation, or select the Documentation tab above to view the presentation and access additional online Public Information Centre 3 materials.
A Notice of Online Public Information Centre 3 has been posted in local newspapers and distributed to property owners in the study area, Provincial and Federal Government Agencies, Municipalities, Indigenous communities, and stakeholders.
To date, two Public Information Centres (PICs) have been held as part of this study. The second PIC was held on July 17, 2019, and provided stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and the public with an opportunity to review the assessment of Alternatives to the Undertaking, the preliminary design alternatives, the proposed evaluation criteria and evaluation process, and to address questions or concerns directly with representatives of the project team. Following the second PIC, the project team has been reviewing input from stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and the public, and is in the process of evaluating alternative design concepts.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the third and final PIC has been delayed; however, it is anticipated that a preliminary preferred plan will be presented publicly in winter 2021. The project team has been and will continue to evaluate the feasibility of in-person presentations for the third PIC; however, the team may seek to present the materials online depending on physical distancing requirements at that time. Additional information regarding the third PIC will be provided on the project website as it becomes available.