8:30 a.m., June 5)
City presents Brian Coburn extension options at open house
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
six options will be put through a rigorous Environmental
Assessment that will take two years to complete.
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.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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