Stop ignoring roads in Ottawa’s east end
Re: Ottawa’s ravaged roads need serious attention, Oct. 9.
While most taxpayers will probably be happy with Mayor Jim Watson’s approach in keeping tax increases low, it has come, as Randall Denley points out, at the expense of having the worst roads among 15 cities.
Although the Orléans area may not be any worse than other areas, regular users of St. Joseph Boulevard have become accustomed to dodging potholes and wobbly drainage covers. Sidewalks are just as bad. Centrum Boulevard was built 30-plus years ago and in spite of a fairly heavy level of traffic and pedestrian activity, it remains as is: plagued by shoddy sidewalks, rusting gates that once were a welcome feature to the Orléans Town Centre, and outdated street lights that are constantly being repaired.
Even though some of these issues go beyond road repair, it speaks to the lack of attention to general improvements. Keeping taxes low by deferring repairs inevitably creates a greater expense at some point. These types of problems are not unique to Orleans. If the roads situation, as Denley suggested, can be addressed with a 0.5-per-cent tax increase, why isn’t the city moving forward now, or is Watson waiting until he is no longer interested in re-election?
Dale Boire, Ottawa