Residents living near to Long’s Quarry in Tyendinaga Township wish to raise awareness about a proposed expansion at the site that they believe will have a detrimental impact on the quality of life in the township.
One Quarry or Two?
The proposed “Melrose Quarry” is to be sited on a parcel of land on the Eastern boundary of the existing Long’s Quarry. Long's Quarry is sitauted at the intersection of Shannonville Road and Melrose Road. It will be licensed separately, with a maximum annual extraction of 500,000 tonnes. Long’s Quarry already has a 500,000 tonne maximum annual extraction. The proposal includes a provision for the removal of the boundary sidewall resulting in the creation of a 100 acre (approx) excavation site.
Double the production- double the trouble?
If two quarries are licensed at this site, the potential total maximum annual tonnage would be 1 million tonnes. Currently the average production is 170,000 tonnes annually. If just one of the quarries reached its full potential of 500,000 tonnes we could see truck traffic increased three-fold. What impact would that have for traffic flow and safety for school bus transportation to Tyendinaga Public School, emergency vehicles and other road users of the main artery – Shannonville Road?
We believe that the consequences of changes in aggregate demand and ownership of the quarry should be taken into account.
Please see map page to view the existing and proposed site.