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Online Consultation: Regional Road 25 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study


Halton Region is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) Study for Regional Road 25 from Speers Road to Derry Road (Regional Road 7) in the Towns of Oakville and Milton. 

About the project

Study overview

To improve network connectivity and address forecasted travel demand along Regional Road 25 from Speers Road to Derry Road (Regional Road 7), the Region is considering a wide range of improvements, such as:

  Widening the roadway
  Cross-sectional requirements to accommodate multi-modal travel
  Active transportation
  Transit supportive infrastructure
  Intersection improvements
  Overall traffic operations and safety
  The impact of such improvements on the social, cultural and natural environments

The study is being conducted in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule C projects as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (external link) (October 2000, as amended 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2023), which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, RSO. 1990.

Reasons for the study

Halton Region is carrying out this study in accordance with the MCEA process to:

  • address the future travel demand in the Towns of Oakville and Milton to 2031; and
  • support all modes of transportation to contribute to a safe and inclusive multi-modal transportation system for all road users.

Study area


Public Information Centre materials

The first Public Information Centre for the Regional Road 25 MCEA took place from October 12 to November 9, 2023. the following information was presented to the community for comment during that period.

For detailed information about the study, check out our Public Information Centre presentation (PDF file). You can also watch or listen to our video recordings of the presentation below.

1. Introduction

Learn about the purpose of this PIC, what the study is about, the process and schedule, and the overall study area.

View introduction video transcript (PDF file)

2. Study background and existing conditions

Learn about the planning and policy framework, study area conditions, early feedback from the community, and the needs and opportunities identified in the study area.

View background video transcript (PDF file)

3. Alternative solutions

Learn about the alternative solutions considered for the study and the selection of the preferred solution.

View alternative solutions video transcript (PDF file)

4. Preliminary Design Considerations and Opportunities

Learn about the design considerations and opportunities, typical cross-section elements for the corridor, and the process for developing the recommended solution.

View design process video transcript (PDF file)

5. Next steps

Learn about the upcoming study milestones, the next steps in the study, and how to provide your feedback on the material shared as part of this PIC.

View next steps video transcript (PDF file)


Learn more and share your feedback

To find background information or download copies of notices and reports:

Please contact the Halton Region Project Manager, Jessica Passingham to be added to the study mailing list or if you require information in an alternate format:


Frequently Asked Questions

We received more than 50 comments during the online consultation period from October 12, 2023 to November 9, 2023 for the Regional Road 25 Corridor Study – Speers Road to Derry Road (Regional Road 7).

The need for additional capacity along Regional Road 25 was identified through Halton Region’s Transportation Master Plan to 2031 – The Road to Change (2011). As part of this Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) Study, it was reconfirmed that without improvements to Regional Road 25, traffic operations will continue to experience high demand during peak periods and intersections will be operating over capacity as travel demand increases.

To support future travel demand and a transportation system that is safe, continuous, connected, and coordinated for everyone, the recommended solutions for Regional Road 25 are:

  • Improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, mobility device users, and other non-vehicular travel to create a safe and accessible network.
  • Improve traffic operations at intersections through physical and operational modifications.
  • Widen Regional Road 25 to provide additional travel lanes and opportunities for high-occupancy vehicle and transit priority corridor infrastructure.

Cycling and walking is a priority for Regional Road 25 to support a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation network. Separated facilities for pedestrians and cyclists are being proposed for Regional Road 25 from Speers Road to Derry Road. The type of facility (e.g. sidewalks, cycle tracks, multi-use paths) will be confirmed as the study progresses.

Reducing impacts to properties (including residential, business, intuitional and recreational) is a key design consideration. As the study progresses to Phase 3 of the study process, alternative design concepts will be developed to minimize property impacts where possible.

Noise and air quality assessments will be completed as part of the study to assess existing and future conditions within the study area and the impacts of the proposed improvements on Regional Road 25. If warranted, the noise and air quality assessments will include recommendations for mitigation measures. These assessments will begin in the next stage of study.

Safety remains Halton Region’s top priority for all transportation improvements. The recommended solution for Regional Road 25 is intended to improve safety and accessibility for all modes of travel.

Access to and from Regional Road 25 will follow Halton Region’s Access Management Guideline (2015) to maintain a high level of service for travel along the corridor while providing access to adjacent properties.

Emergency service providers from Halton Region and the Towns of Oakville and Milton will continue to be engaged throughout the study to ensure the future design of Regional Road 25 accommodates all emergency services.

The Regional road system connects the Region’s rural and urban centres and provides connectivity to the provincial highway system as well as the local road network. Regional roads support all modes of travel including truck traffic.

The Bronte White Oak Tree (designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act) is a key consideration in the planning and design of improvements to Regional Road 25 and potential impacts to the tree will be avoided.

In 2019, the Defining Major Transit Requirements in Halton Region Study was completed and identified Regional Road 25 from Speers Road to Derry Road as a priority bus corridor with high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and transit signal priority. These infrastructure features will be considered in the development of improvement alternatives for Regional Road 25.


Next steps and anticipated timing


  • Late fall 2023

    Review all comments and feedback on the existing conditions and preferred solution.

  • Winter 2024

    Develop and evaluate alternative design concepts and identify preliminary preferred design. Meet with technical agencies and stakeholder groups, as required.

  • Spring/summer 2024

    Host the second PIC.