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Investing in your City: Continuing Investments in Stormwater Management, Erosion Control & Drainage Improvements

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Our weekly “Investing in your City” series continues, highlighting  some of the significant investments being made in Burlington and that our community will benefit from.

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The City is continuing investments in erosion control, drainage improvements and flood control mitigation with several stormwater management projects planned for 2024 and forecasted for future years. It’s important to note that the forecast projects (2025-2026) are subject to change based on the annual review of the Capital Budget. You can view a list of the 2024 planned projects further down.

The existing surface water drainage systems in Burlington include:

  • 11 major creeks and several minor creeks within the urban boundary, totalling 93 km;
  • 1,350 rural area culverts (16,000 m);
  • 900 urban area culverts (13,000 m);
  • 16,500 catch basins;
  • 30 stormwater management ponds owned by the City; and
  • 17 City-owned oil and grit separator manholes.

This service is delivered in coordination with the Roads and Structures Design and Construction, Parks Design and Construction and Asset Management sections of the Engineering Services Department; Roads, Parks and Forestry (RPF); the Region of Halton; Conservation Halton; the Niagara Escarpment Commission; the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks; and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The service provides:

  • Planning, design, construction, permits and inspection of surface water drainage systems;
  • Assistance to residents and property owners in addressing concerns/complaints regarding drainage issues;
  • Maintenance of creeks, road allowance drainage, catch basins, storm inlet structures and oil and grit separator manholes;
  • Site alteration review, permits, inspection and enforcement;
  • In partnership with the Asset Management service, collecting inventory information and assessing infrastructure condition for data management; and
  • Infrastructure renewal of storm sewers, accomplished as a customer of Roads and Structures Design and Construction.

2024 Planned Roadway Upgrades:

Project/LocationDescription
Appleby Creek (South Service Road to Lake Ontario)Erosion control
No. 1 SideroadCulverts replacement
Falcon Creek (CNR to Willowbrook Road)Erosion control
Hager Creek (North of Winterberry Drive at Path)Erosion control
Hager Creek (Tyandaga Municipal Golf Course)Erosion control
Tuck Creek (behind Blair Road and Walkers Line)Erosion control
General minor stormwater inlet/outlet/drainingStormwater management
Rambo Creek (Victoria Avenue to Emerald Crescent)Erosion control (Class EA and design)
Stormwater Management (SWM) Pond 4Stormwater management pond and oil grit separators restoration
Tuck Creek (Harvester Road to Hydro ROW at Elwood Road; Palmer Drive to CNR; and Dundas Street to Headon Road)Erosion Control
Tuck Creek (Spruce Avenue)Flood mitigation

2025 Forecasted Stormwater Management Projects:

Project/LocationDescription
Appleby Creek Phase 3 (South Service Road to Lake Ontario)Erosion Control
Falcon Creek (CNR to Willowbrook Road)Erosion Control
Tuck Creek (Blair Road and Walker’s Line)Erosion Control
Tuck Creek Spruce Avenue Bridge ReplacementDrainage Improvements

2026 Forecasted Stormwater Management Projects:

Project/LocationDescription
Appleby Creek Phases 4 & 5 (South Service Road to Lake Ontario)Erosion Control
Rambo Creek (Victoria Avenue to Emerald Crescent)Erosion Control
Shoreacress Creek (Adjacent to Heritage Road)Erosion Control

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