Regional council is being asked to approve a land purchase tonight that's critical to building the first phase of the city's long awaited east boundary road.
The $1.3 million purchase of 1650 Dundas St. S. from the estate of Magdalene Kadar will set the stage for a roundabout that connects the planned extension of McQueen Shaver, from Franklin Boulevard to Dundas Street, and the east boundary road from Dundas to Wesley Boulevard.
Construction is expected to happen between 2025 and 2027.
Phil Bauer, director, design and construction for the Region of Waterloo said the approved 2023 10-year transportation capital program includes a total budget of $27 million for the first phase of the project.
The east boundary road will connect to Wesley Boulevard in the Southpoint subdivision where the city is planning its new sports complex, two-school campus and Idea Exchange.
The region completed a class environmental assessment of the east boundary road in 2019.
It creates a new connection linking Dundas to Townline Road to complete a route for heavy trucks to get to and from Highway 401.
The east boundary road plan calls for a 40-metre-wide right-of-way that includes four lanes of through traffic, a multi-use trail along each side of the road, raised median, street lighting, curb and gutter, and storm sewers.
Roundabouts are planned along the route at Wesley Boulevard, Main Street, Clyde Road, and Avenue Road/Gore Road, and will include bridges for crossing Moffat Creek and Mill Creek, and an above-grade crossing at the CP Rail line north of Clyde.
A video overview of the preferred route for the east boundary road was produced for the region in 2018 and can be viewed below. The flyover video begins at 1650 Dundas St. S.