Idea of a new tun­nel be­ing dis­cussed

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Sébastien Pier­roz or­leansstar@tc.tc Twit­ter @Or­leansStar

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

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