6 a.m., May 26)
Province to move ahead with County Road 17 widening plans
By Fred Sherwin
provincial government will begin work on widening County
Road 7 between Canaan Road and the town of Rockland in
2019, fulfilling a promise it made in the recent budget.
announcement was made on Thursday along with plans to
widen the Queensway between Maitland and Carling Avenue
and several other upgrades to Hwy. 417 and 416.
announcements, which were made by Ottawa West Nepean MPP
Bob Chiarelli, did not include any money for the proposed
widening of Hwy. 174 between and Canaan Road, however,
something which will no doubt raise the ire of Cumber-land
Ward city councillor Stephen Blais who has been making
the case for the middle section of Hwy. 174 be widened
before the Prescott-Russell section.
Hwy. 174 falls under the citys jurisdiction, there
has been an expectation on the part of City Hall that
the province will pay a portion of the estimated $141
million cost of the proposed widening.
possible reason for the lack of a provincial commitment
is the fact that the citys own plans dont
call for the work to be done until after 2031.
city is in the final stages of an Environmental Assessment
that takes the entire length of Hwy. 174 into account,
including plans to extend light rail from Blair Road to
design plans for both sections west and east of Trim Road
were unveiled to the public in April 2015. Those design
plans are now being refined by the consulting engineers.
final recommended plan for the western section of Hwy.
174, including light rail, will be presented to the citys
transportation committee next month. The final recommended
plan for the eastern section of the highway wont
be presented to the committee until next fall.
to widen Hwy. 174/CR 17 between Trim Road and Rockland
have been a bone of contention for over a decade. Former
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde made
it a major part of his election campaign in 2007.
same year, both the provincial and federal governments
pledged $40 million each for the project, but the proposed
funding was ultimately rejected by the city who argued
that the $24 million municipal share of the estimated
cost should be wholly born by the United Counties of Prescott-Russell,
and Clarence-Rock-land in particular.
based their argument on the grounds that commuters from
Clarence-Rockland are responsible for the lions
share of the increase in traffic on the roadway.
plan to widen Hwy. 174 between Trim and Canaan Road would
require a cost-sharing agreement between all three levels
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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