Idea of a new tunnel being discussed
A few months after the Ontario government decided to oppose the chosen corridor by the National Capital Commission to build a interprovincial bridge at Kettle Island, the idea of building a tunnel between MacdonaldCartier Bridge and Highway 417 has reappeared.
Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury proposed that a feasibility study be commissioned in partnership with the Department of Transportation to give the outlines of such a project. The goal would be to reduce truck traffic on King Edward Avenue.
A special meeting of the Transport Committee, that lasted all day Friday at City Hall, was an opportunity to highlight this idea.
A tunnel has never been the option preferred by the NCC who has repeatedly said that this project would only benefit trucks, not motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
A resident of Orléans, Louis Caron, has repeatedly defended the idea to the members of the Committee.
The City Council of the City of Ottawa will consider the proposal of Fleury included the new Transportation Master Plan at its meeting on Nov. 26.
Translated by Catherine Kitts