At some future and undecided date, the 401 from Cobourg to Colborne will be widened to 6 lanes and even further in the future, it will become 8 lanes. The MTO has started an environmental assessment and related preliminary design for this stretch of road. Also at some future unknown date, Cobourg will need another interchange in the East End and has identified Nagle Road as the location. Given that the MTO was already doing the work for the nearby road, Cobourg can save money long term by piggy-backing the Nagle Road study on the bigger one so that’s what they did. The Public Information Centre (PIC) for both studies was held last Wednesday (Sept 18) at the Cobourg Lions’ Community Centre. All the information is available online at the website linked below so the main reason for the PIC is to allow people to talk to MTO and their consultants (Stantec) and have things explained. MTO and Stantec also wanted feedback from the Public and provided comment sheets for that purpose.
As would be expected, Cobourg’s Manager of Planning Services, Rob Franklin (photo at right), was there explaining things. Also in attendance were a good number of Stantec people, some MTO people and some County staff.
- All the bridges on the sections of the 401 being studied date from the 1960’s and are approaching their end of life – so whether the 401 is widened or not, these bridges will need to either be extensively refurbished or replaced.
- Initially, the highway would be expanded from 4 to 6 lanes but bridges and property lines would be good for 8 lanes.
- The environmental assessment and preliminary design looks at multiple layouts for ramps and road widening and when a preferred design is decided, there will be another PIC – expected in May 2020.
- In the Fall of 2020, the design would go to the MTO for approval. The next step is detailed design with probably more Public meetings and after that the politicians decide when to allocate money to the project and proceed.
- As far as I can tell, there’s no reason why the Nagle interchange needs to happen at the same time as the 401 to Colborne is widened.
- In addition to Nagle Road, there are a total of 7 existing bridges that need to be replaced.
- As well as bridges there are a number of culverts that would need to be widened.
Here are a couple of photos from the event.
Project Web pages
- Project Web site – Highway 401 Cobourg Colborne
- Large (60MB) pdf with all documents for Cobourg to Colborne
- Mid-size (7.5MB) pdf with Nagle Road Documents
Why Nagle Road interchange might be needed
- Housing Developments in Northeast of Cobourg (1700 units) – 28 June 2018
- East End Housing Development – 3 June 2015