Project Background

  • The Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) for new Highway 7 from Kitchener to Guelph was approved with conditions in March 2007 (as documented in the Highway 7 Kitchener to Guelph Amendment to the Environmental Assessment Report 1997 (2004).
  • Design improvements developed from the subsequent Value Engineering Study were presented at two Public Information Centres held on May 3, 2011 (Kitchener) and May 5, 2011 (Guelph) and documented in a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) to amend the approved individual EA. The TESR received environmental clearance for Right-of-way (ROW) Designation and Expropriation on October 22, 2012.
  • The Initial Design (30% Detailed Design) phase was completed in 2014, and is documented in the 2014 Initial Design Report. The Initial Design phase further developed and refined the approved EA design and incorporated the recommended Value Engineering design improvements.
  • Phase 1 – New Highway 7 began in 2015 when the Guelph Street overpass was widened to accommodate the future interchange at Highway 85. Phase 1 construction planned for 2017 includes:
    • Continuing work to widen and extend Shirley Avenue in Kitchener;
    • Continuing the relocation of municipal utilities at the Victoria Street Bridge over Highway 85 in Kitchener;
    • Begin replacement of the Victoria Street Bridge over Highway 85 in Kitchener; and
    • Begin clearing vegetation and fencing the new Highway 7 right-of-way between Kitchener and Guelph.
  • Phase 2 – The Detailed Design phase for the new Highway 7 Grand River Bridges is building on the approved Environmental Assessment (EA) for new Highway 7 from Kitchener to Guelph.
  • Phase 3 – Completion of new Highway 7 from Kitchener to Guelph project is also progressing.