Yes. A lot. JDCL projects haulage traffic to be 26 trucks per hour, 13 inbound, 13 outbound. CRC’s view is that this underestimates real traffic rates due to the creative use of averaging. In any event, 26 trucks per hour, or one every two minutes or so, all concentrated at the 6th Line Eramosa – Hwy 7 intersection will have a significant impact on overall traffic levels and road safety. If the traffic goes east towards the GTA, this will have a huge impact on downtown Acton and RR25 south of town. If, as we think is more than likely over the 20 year life of the quarry, traffic goes west towards other markets, that impact could be happening in Rockwood village and/or south on Guelph line through Brookville, or just about anywhere JDCL decides to send its trucks.
Most likely. Highway 7 is the main commuting thoroughfare and it is also the proposed haul route, eastward through Acton towards the GTA according to the plan in the application. Trucks will be running from 6 am to 6 pm, coinciding with the busiest commuting times. The 6th Line Eramosa – Hwy 7 intersection will be a pinch point as heavily loaded trucks try to turn left onto Hwy 7 and accelerate up to the 80 kph limit–you know how long that takes. Nassagaweya 5th Line, a 20 metre jog south and east of Eramosa 6th Line will also be seriously impacted. By the way, there is no guarantee that truck traffic won’t end up going west through Rockwood to serve markets west of here, such as the new Hwy 7 construction planned between Guelph and Kitchener or other Wellington County projects. Finally, there is also no guarantee that, in spite of JDCL’s assurances, trucks won’t use the Nassagaweya 5th and 6th lines to avoid going through Acton. Your commute certainly won’t get better!
It is certainly possible. Though JDCL claims there won’t be, they were unwilling to fix their incomplete and misleading haul route study and took their application to the OMB instead. JDCL has also changed haul route projections in its application, and recently indicated to Wellington County that Hidden Quarry aggregate would be available to the County, ie. north of Rockwood. Twenty years is a long time to be able to predict where aggregate markets might be. In addition to general demand, the proposed twinning of Highway 7 between Guelph and Kitchener/Waterloo will be looking for aggregate so it is not unreasonable to expect a significant increase in truck traffic through Rockwood over to Guelph.
Flyrock refers to the unintended ejection of rocks from blast holes due to fissures, cavities, or other weaknesses in the underground rock structure adjacent to the blast holes or faulty blast design. Flyrock ejected from the top of the blast holes, as opposed to the face of the excavation much of which will be under water, is the potential problem in the Hidden Quarry. Many jurisdications around the world require exclusion zones of 500 m for rock blasting operations, but here there are no standards meaning that the 19 houses, businesses, buildings and residents within the 500 metre radius are at risk, as well as cars, school and GO buses and other vehicular traffic along about a one and a half kilometre stretch of Provincial Highway 7, a busy commuter road in this area. “Wild flyrock” also can occur, with incidents of rock being thrown 1000 to 1200 m having been reported.
It is located at the corner of Highway 7 and 6th Line Eramosa, just east of Rockwood and west of Acton. It is only one kilometre from the southern neighbourhoods of Rockwood as the crow flies, and as little as 165 m from homes and buildings on Eramosa 6th and 7th Lines and those at the north end of Nassagaweya 5th line! Nearly half the population of Rockwood lives within 2 kilometers of the site.