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(Updated 8:30 a.m., June 5)
City presents Brian Coburn extension options at open house

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

City planning staff recently unveiled six different options for the future Brian Coburn Boulevard extension and other traffic mitigation plans in the Bradley Estates-Chapel Hill South area during an open house at the Rendez-vous des aînés on Innes Road.

Three of the options would see Brian Coburn Boulevard extended past Navan Road and then north to the Blackburn Bypass which would be widened from four lanes to six lanes. At the same time they would build a bus rapid transitway that would run along Navan Road and the Blackburn Bypass to Innes Road and the Gloucester Centre LRT station.

A recent geotechnical analysis of the soil along the proposed route concluded that the soil conditions are very poor and a future roadway, if built, would require considerably more funds to construct than previously estimated.

For that reason a fourth option is being considered that would abandon plans for a separate road and widen Navan Road to four lanes from Brian Coburn Boulevard to the Blackburn Bypass instead.

Two additional options would see Brian Coburn Boulevard bypass Navan Road and the Blackburn Bypass al-together. Instead, it would be extended past Navan Road to the second of two 90-degree turns on Renaud Road and Anderson Road beyond that.

The latter two options are preferred by residents living in Chapel Hill South and Bradley Estates by reducing traffic in their communities, especially along the eastern part of Renaud Road. But they also come with a very large hurdle in the form of the NCC. Since the extension would run through the Greenbelt it would require their approval and the NCC has been reticent to permit any plans that would increase traffic in the Greenbelt, particularly in the vicinity of the Mer Bleue Bog.

All six options will be put through a rigorous Environmental Assessment that will take two years to complete.

In the meantime, commuters in the east end will have to put up with the situation along Innes, Navan and Renaud Roads, as well as the Blackburn Bypass, which will continue to worsen until it is eventually widened.

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