The City of Burlington retained Hatch to prepare a Wildlife Crossing Safety Plan for the Waterdown Road Widening Detailed Design Project as required to address the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) conditions of approval posed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. This Plan documents the viable measures that will be incorporated into the Detailed Design which will help to improve wildlife safety and reduce wildlife-vehicle interactions along Waterdown Road within the Project limits. Hatch believes a multi-varied approach to address wildlife crossing safety will be most successful. For this reason, a number of various crossing safety strategies will be incorporated along Waterdown Road (from Craven Avenue north to Mountain Brow Road) that will include:
- Improved sight lines due to changes in the vertical profile and straightening of the horizontal alignment;
- Improved visibility along the eastern edges, and increased lighting of the road ROW;
- Reduced lane widths of 3.3m;
- Reduced speed limit from 60km/h to 50km/h;
- Incorporation of plants along the eastern edge that may deter deer and other wildlife from foraging;
- Incorporation of retaining walls along the east side of Waterdown Road that may limit crossing of some wildlife;
- Incorporation of increased conventional signage with flashing beacon or LED lighting throughout the Waterdown Road Project limits;
- Incorporation of seasonal deer crossing warning signs with display messages at potentially higher deer crossing locations; and,
- Increased public awareness and education (e.g. posting of additional public awareness and educational materials on the City of Burlington and City of Hamilton Website).
Based on these strategies, Hatch is in the opinion that this Plan satisfies the conditions of approval posed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.