The Maley Drive Extension has been identified as a priority
road construction project since the 1980's. Below is a video
portrayal of the route that the Maley Drive Extension will
VIDEO OVERVIEW OF MALEY DRIVE EXTENSION
Every year we hear discussion about the importance of the
Maley Drive Extension and how we need to press the
provincial and federal levels of government to provide their
1/3 share of the project. When the initial proposal for
funding to the other government leves was sent, the split
was approximately $26.7 million each to fund the $80 million
The project now is projected to cost $126 million, leaving
us at least $46 million short of the projected expenses.
This is also a low estimate because it does not apparently
include the extension of the Montrose Road connection which
is needed in order to allow for housing developments in the
north part of the city that will be opened up by the road.
In addition to actual road construction, back in 2012, staff
has further broken down the plan to include $8 million for
engineering and design costs, $6 million to relocate utility
services, $15 million for Hydro One relocations and
modifications, and $7 million to buy the required land.
These costs have likely increased dramatically in the past
couple of years.
SECTION BY SECTION BREAK-DOWN OF COSTS FROM 2012
Greg Clausen, the former general manager of infrastructure
last month, said in an interview that the Maley Drive
project would take a lot of heavy trucks off city
streets. He also claimed that it would take 10,000 cars a
day off the Kingsway and Lasalle Boulevard. The main reason
why the city would like to build the Maley Drive Extension
is therefore to take the heavy trucks off Lasalle because
there would be no reason why people from Valley East or New
Sudbury would want to travel so far out of their way to use
the Maley Drive Extension as an alternate to Lasalle Blvd.
The only time it is congested is during rush hour and now
that the corner of Lasalle and Notre Dame has been improved,
much of that congestion to the Valley has been relieved.
The link below will take you to a map that shows some of the
future road projects that are being proposed.
The link below will take you to an Environmental Study
The following link will take you to a 178 page
that was made to City Council on April 17, 2014 with an
explanation of the Development Charges that are being
proposed and how the funds are being allocated.
On Page 149, you will see that the projected cost, according
to the City, of the Maley Drive Extension project is over
$125 million. They expect to receive $83 million in grants
and subsidies, although the province and federal governments
are only expected to come up with $53 million. The Net
Municipal share of this cost is set at $41 million. But
between 2009 and 2023, they expect to direct $9 million of
this from general taxes and $33 million from development
PROJECT WILL NEVER BE COMPLETED
It is becoming perfectly clear that the only reason why such
a huge project, which will never receive the kind of funding
we need from the other two levels of government, is still on
the books is so that the development charges applied against
new residential and commercial development is able to be
maintained as high as it is today. If the Maley Drive
Extension was taken off the books, it would reduce the
development charge amount by about $33 million.
To see what I feel about development charges,
So unless the City Staff can come up with some excellent
reasons for keeping the Maley Drive Extension project on the
books, I am in favour of eliminating this one project so
that we can reduce the development charges that we are
imposing on residential and commercial development. The
charges are slowing down development in Sudbury and have
become an unfair extra tax burden on new home owners and