Discover Wonderland

Environmental Assessment Study For Wonderland Road

Every day, tens of thousands of Londoners use Wonderland Road as a vital north-south corridor to cycle, walk, drive or take transit. But this essential arterial road has become increasingly congested – a problem that is expected to worsen as London grows, despite significant City investments in transit, and cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

Through the London Plan, the City identified the need to continue moving high volumes of pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular traffic on Wonderland Road – and the Transportation Master Plan recommended widening Wonderland Road to six lanes between Southdale and Sarnia roads.

As part of an environmental assessment study called Discover Wonderland, the project team continues to consult with stakeholders and members of the public.

Londoners will be invited to provide input at two open house information sessions at the end of this month – Jan. 30 and Jan 31, 2019 – and also to submit feedback here at that time.

map of wonderland road

The map above shows the Wonderland Road corridor.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) process is used to assess how infrastructure projects will affect the environment – including natural, built, economic, social, and cultural environments. The main purpose is to assess potential negative impacts of a project and to identify opportunities to prevent or reduce them.

The Ontario government requires municipalities to complete an EA for any capital project, including road works.

The EA process includes collecting public feedback to be considered in the decision making process.

The EA process is used to assess potential negative impacts of a project on the environment and identify opportunities to make changes to the design to reduce negative affects to avoid expensive mitigation measures or controversial actions that might be associated with the project.

It is a long-term planning study for the corridor and will build on the recommendations of the London Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Cycling Master Plan and other relevant studies. The EA process requires public involvement throughout, and requires feedback received be considered in the decision making process.

The Wonderland Road Improvements Class Environmental Assessment Study will follow requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (2000, as amended in 2007, 2011, 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.


Frequently Asked Questions

A: The City of London captures traffic volumes at major Intersections, and adjusts timing every two to three years. It’s important to note that improving a problem at one intersection could create a problem elsewhere. Think about it like a city-wide air mattress: Pushing down the air in one spot doesn’t make the air go away, it just puts more pressure on other areas.

Synchronizing the traffic lights to stop backups on Wonderland Road would create longer delays for traffic on cross-roads, especially those with high volumes of traffic. Roads such as Riverside Drive, Springbank Drive and Oxford Street have high volumes of traffic as well. Traffic signal timing is about finding a balance so that as many vehicles as possible can move through the intersection without unreasonable delays to those waiting.

Discover Wonderland is looking at a pilot project to test adaptive signal technology along portions of Wonderland Road that would enable enhanced sensors to detect and predict traffic demands and change signal timings in rear real-time, but that alone will not solve the traffic problems.

Multi-lane roundabouts on heavily travelled arterial roadways, such as Wonderland Road, may provide benefits including increased safety, reduced vehicle speeds, typically higher capacity compared to traffic signals. However, the Wonderland Road corridor has many constraints including hydro utilities and property. Opportunities for roundabouts on Wonderland Road are possible, especially at the Riverside Drive intersection, but unlikely to be a key feature of the future corridor design due to the existing constraints.

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Want to learn more about the upcoming Wonderland Road improvements project? Get in touch with the Wonderland Road project team today!

Ted Koza, P.Eng.
Transportation Design Engineer
Transportation Planning & Design
City of London
Tel: 519.661.CITY (2489) x5806

Josh Ackworth, C.E.T.
Technologist II
Transportation Planning & Design
City of London
Tel: 519.661.CITY (2489) x7348

Jason Johnson, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Dillon Consulting Limited
Tel: 519.438.1288 x1222

Sabrina Stanlake-Wong, RPP
Project Planner
Dillon Consulting Limited
Tel: 519.438.1288 x1235