Warden takes message about highways to AMO
one meeting at the AMO conference with Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca. The minister was in Rockland earlier this summer to confirm $40 million in funding for the four-laning of the County Road 17 portion of the highway link between Rockland and Orléans. That will help cover costs for the nine-kilometre stretch between the Landry and Canaan Road intersections.
The province is still in talks with the City of Ottawa regarding the Highway 174 portion of the highway link. During his Rockland visit, Del Duca expressed confidence that an agreement with the city would happen soon to ensure that the entire stretch of highway between Rockland and Orléans is expanded to four-lane status along with a six-lane expansion of the Highway 174 section between the Trim Road intersection and The Split intersection for the Innes Road off-ramp onto the 174.
Both expansion proposals have been subject to environmental assessment. The City of Ottawa’s focus is on its LRT project.
Desjardins is at the AMO conference as both, mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland and warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. He expects the meeting with Del Duca to be productive and amicable.
“The squeaky wheel gets the oil,” Desjardins said, smiling, “so we’re going to keep squeaking.”