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City of Kitchener Road Reconstruction Studies

Key Personnel
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Carol Mitchell, P.Eng., QP(ESA)
Technical Director, Environmental
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Dan Gonser, P.Eng.
Manager, Geotechnical Engineering | Kitchener
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Project Overview

Understanding the existing conditions of soil and groundwater is one of the foundations to designing safe and sustainable infrastructure projects. Which is why in the early phases of the City of Kitchener’s recent road reconstruction projects, our team completed a series of geotechnical and environmental investigations to assist them in making critical design and construction decisions.

MTE’s Involvement

Our geotechnical team takes a thorough approach to soil investigations. We complete assessments of surrounding properties, review existing reports, as well as perform extensive soil and groundwater sampling and analysis. Once we have a comprehensive view of the site conditions, we compile reports and regulated excess soil related planning documents for the City and make recommendations regarding servicing, low-impact development feasibility, excavations, dewatering and appropriate excess soil management. That data also provides direction for pavement structure design, drainage requirements and construction.

Our team completed assessments and prepared reports for 19 segments of roadway during the City’s 2020-2021 program, and an additional 20 segments from 2021-2022. Roads ranged from local residential streets to arterial roadways, including sections of King Street, Frederick Street and Highland Road.

Acting as as an advisor, our environmental engineering team provides excess soils expertise in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ (MECP) new regulation. We’ve reviewed existing soil testing information obtained by others from 2016 to 2018 and compared the data with the new standards. Our assessments and recommendations allow the City to make decisions in alignment with the MECP’s requirements.

The team has also prepared excess soil destination assessment reports for the City’s 2022 program. We have been responsible for reviewing contractors’ Excess Soil Reuse Plans for several reconstruction projects, reviewing acceptance forms provided by proposed receiving sites, as well as vetting reuse or other receiving sites proposed by the project’s contractor and finalizing the destination assessment reports.