Welcome to the Highway 6 Little Current Swing Bridge Study. The Ministry of Transportation, Ontario (MTO) is undertaking a Planning, Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for the Highway 6 Little Current Swing Bridge located in the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands in Northeastern Ontario. The bridge provides year-round highway access between the community of Little Current and Manitoulin Island and mainland areas of Northern Ontario.
Stantec Consulting Limited (Stantec) was retained by the MTO to complete the Planning, Preliminary Design and Class EA Study for this assignment.
You are encouraged to participate in the project and to provide comments in writing to the project team.
If you wish to have your name added to the project mailing list, contact the project team.
To date, two Public Information Centres (PICs) have been held as part of this study. The second PIC was held on July 17, 2019, and provided stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and the public with an opportunity to review the assessment of Alternatives to the Undertaking, the preliminary design alternatives, the proposed evaluation criteria and evaluation process, and to address questions or concerns directly with representatives of the project team. Following the second PIC, the project team has been reviewing input from stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and the public, and is in the process of evaluating alternative design concepts.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the third and final PIC has been delayed; however, it is anticipated that a preliminary preferred plan will be presented publicly in fall/winter 2020. The project team has been and will continue to evaluate the feasibility of in-person presentations for the third PIC; however, the team may seek to present the materials online depending on physical distancing requirements at that time. Additional information regarding the third PIC will be provided on the project website as it becomes available.
The Boat Survey is now closed and all data collected will be reviewed and incorporated into the design and evaluation of alternatives. (A Boat Survey was created to collect information from boat owners/operators or users in the Town of Little Current and on Manitoulin Island in order to understand boat and marine travel patterns in the North Channel.)
A business owner survey has been created to collect business/economic information from businesses in the Town of Little Current and on Manitoulin Island in order to understand potential impacts of corridor alternatives on local businesses. If you are a business-owner and would like to participate in the survey, please fill out a survey - Business Owner Survey. Hard copies of the survey will also be provided at PIC 2.
A Notice of Public Information Centre 2 (PDF) has been posted in local newspapers and distributed to property owners in the study area, Provincial and Federal Government Agencies, Municipalities, Indigenous communities, and stakeholders.