About the Project

Highway 7 is a significant provincial highway, that supports the movement of people and goods through southern and eastern Ontario, and links several communities between Peterborough and the City of Ottawa. Within the Town of Perth, Highway 7 provides local access to adjacent commercial properties and connections to the collector road network.

The Ministry completed a planning, preliminary design, and environmental assessment study in 2009 to identify operational and safety improvements for Highway 7 through the Town of Perth. The study was documented in a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR, June 2009).

The 2009 Recommended Plan includes, the following:

  • widening Highway 7 to provide a continuous two-way left-turn lane
  • replacement of the existing traffic signals at Lanark Road 511, Perth Mews Mall, Wilson Street West, and Drummond Street West
  • several entrance closures and consolidations

Since the completion of the 2009 TESR, roundabouts have become a more common traffic control measure in Ontario, which have proven to reduce the severity of intersection related collisions and improve traffic operations. For these reasons, a new alternative is now being considered, which includes:

  • roundabouts at Lanark Road 511, Perth Mews Mall, Wilson Street West, and Drummond Street West
  • a centre median that prohibits left-turn movements in and out of entrances
  • several entrance closures and consolidations

Additional analysis of the Roundabout Plan is required, including assessment of environmental, social, and cultural impacts, and public consultation.