War­den takes mes­sage about high­ways to AMO

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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.”

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