Carleton Place gears up for transformative roadway improvements: MTO unveils ambitious project for Highways 7 and 15

Image of the Development Plan Sourced from hwy7-15ea.ca

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will begin working on improvements to the intersections of Highways 7 and 15, as well as Highway 7 and McNeely Avenue in Carleton Place.

This project is based on a preliminary design and class environmental assessment (EA) study completed in 2020. Aligning with the Town of Carleton Place’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), adopted in 2022 to address burgeoning traffic and anticipate the community’s transportation needs beyond 2041, construction is scheduled to commence in spring 2026 and conclude in winter 2027.

This project will see the addition of continuous through travel lanes along Highways 7 and 15 and Franktown Road. The intersections of Highway 7 and 15 and Highway 7 and McNeely Avenue will undergo modifications, including the addition of a dual left-turning lane and enhanced pedestrian crossings to meet AODA requirements. New sidewalks along the north and south sides of Highway 7 and raised medians on Highways 7 and 15 are included in the plan as a means to improve safety.

With the construction of the median, Highway 7 will transition to a right-in, right-out configuration. In response, the town is gearing up to construct Captain A. Roy Brown Boulevard, providing rear access to businesses between Highway 15 and McNeely Avenue, south of Highway 7.

At the recent Public Information Centre held on January 24, an MTO representative confirmed positive feedback from local businesses, emphasizing their acceptance of the changes.

“MTO is working with the town, local businesses and the public regarding the widening of Highway 7 and Highway 15 through the Town of Carleton Place’s Highway 7 business district, said Tanya Blazina, who works in media relations at MTO. “The proposed widenings, intersection improvements and the construction of new intersections will improve traffic flow and safety within the community and for residents and drivers.”

The project is part of the ministry’s Ontario Highways Program and will be funded by the province.

Despite the extensive scope, construction is anticipated to have minimal impact on commuters and citizens. Highway 7 will remain open throughout the process, with the majority of the work being completed during night hours. Necessary detours on segments of Franktown Road and Highway 15 will be provided as required. Rigorous assessments have been conducted to mitigate environmental and heritage risks, particularly concerning Maple Grove School.

The submission of the Design and Construction Report is scheduled to be submitted this winter. The Project Team welcomes public comments at any time during this study. For more information or to provide feedback, visit the Contact Page at https://hwy7-15ea.ca or email highway7-15ea@wsp.com.

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