Bradford Bypass Update

Oct 15, 2022

Rescue Lake Simcoe – Press Release

Bradford Bypass Update: Process guarantees negative outcomes for fish and Lake Simcoe, say critics 

October 13, 2022

Bradford, ON – Contractors for the Ministry of Transportation’s Bradford Bypass plan to start building a bridge over York County Road 4 (old highway 11), a half a concession north of the Town of Bradford as early as this fall.  There is still no budget, design drawings, or even a finalized route for the proposed 16 km highway that will span both east and west Holland Rivers, wetlands, forests and farm fields. 

The impacts of the early works include the removal of 80 square meters of fish habitat. The Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) allowed them to proceed using a self-assessment process, via a letter of advice. Although the request clearly states that fish habitat will be permanently destroyed, DFO reminds them that the destruction of fish habitat is prohibited. When questioned by EcoJustice about the logic of this approval, DFO staff referred the question to their legal department, three months ago. No explanation has been provided to date.