1990s

June 1998

Ottawa announces a plan to conduct an environmental assessment of the $186-million highway. The region’s assessment says the expressway will have major environmental impacts. The region will spend millions to minimize those impacts.

April 1998

David Anderson, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, turns down a request by Friends of Red Hill Valley and the Canadian Environmental Law Association asking for a federal environment assessment because of the threat to fish habitat.

October 1997

The Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway officially opens. The east-west leg of The Red Hill Expressway cost $160 million. The regional and provincial governments roughly split the cost.

December 1995

The Mike Harris government will commit to paying $100 million toward the Red Hill Expressway project.

1995

Hamilton Region Conservation Authority begins work on the Red Hill Valley Rehabilitation project. The $21m-plan was approved by the former NDP provincial government but funding is cut by newly-elected Conservatives.

1994

Report of David Crombie – he produced a plan without an expressway, instead proposing the construction and expansion of arterial roads on either side of the valley. The compromise was rejected by regional council in 1994

1991

Friends of Red Hill Valley established

December 1990

Cancelling of provincial funding for Red Hill Creek expressway.

1990

Construction began. Construction on both the King Street East and Queenston Road replacement bridges completed.