Increased truck traffic will have the most notable impact on local residents and communities—traffic volume, noise and dust–should the Olympia pit be approved.
During peak production times as many as 460 trucks each carrying 35 tonnes of material will be arriving and leaving the site each day. This does not include the trucks that will bring asphalt and concrete waste materials for recycling. Hours of Pit operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Trucks could arrive as early as 6:00 a.m. and leave as late as 8:00 p.m.
Access to the Melville Pit is proposed to be on Porterfield Road (Highway 136), approximately 300 m north of its intersection with Flaherty Lane and 1.15 km south of the Orangeville By-Pass (Highway 109).
The Town of Caledon Official Plan Section 5.11 .2.5.1 , “haul routes for new aggregate operations shall only be located on High Capacity Arterials as identified” and in this case the designated haul routes to/from the pit are designated as south/north on Porterfield Road (Highway 136) and west/east on the Orangeville Bypass (Highway 109) to where it meets Hurontario Street (Highway 10).
This will impact traffic specifically on the Orangeville by-pass, most noticeably in the west bound lane west of Willougby Road as there is no truck lane in place for slow moving vehicles. It is also worth noting that there is no obligation for these trucks to use the designated routes. The Olympia application notes that the trucks will use the haul routes “with the exception of local deliveries”.
Residents should expect that the trucks will also use other routes:
- Highway 136 to Highway 24
- Orangeville Bypass (Highway 109), west of Highway 136 to Highway 9 south/north on Main Street (in Alton) to where it meets Charleston Side Road (Highway 24)
Residents living on Main and Queen Streets in Alton, Willoughby Road, Kennedy Road and Highpoint can expect to see more frustrated commuters traveling on their streets to avoid increased congestion on the Orangeville Bypass