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(Posted 8:30 a.m., May 17)
City to spend $10M on much-needed repairs to Hwy. 174

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The City of Ottawa plans to spend $10 million this summer to make much-needed repairs to Hwy. 174 between Montreal Road and the Split.

Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais has managed to convince his colleagues and city staff to begin the repairs ahead of schedule after a staff report tabled last September illustrated the scale of the problem which was already unbundantly evident to anyone using the highway on a regular basis.

The stretch of Hwy. 174 in question has been plagued with uneven pavement, cracks and bumps for several years, but they became much worse last year.

The main cause of the problems is that the inside lanes were constructed over a concrete base which has shifted over time. The situation first became apparent in 2008. The city tried to mitigate the damage in 2010 by laying down a thin layer of asphalt, but it quickly became obvious that the road's problems run much deeper than a half inch.

Part of the issue has been the City's unwillingness to pay for a more permanaent solution. Blais has helped them see the light with the help of last year's report.

“For too long the lack of proper funding has allowed Hwy 174 to deteriorate,” says Blais. "Taxpayers deserve value for the hard-earned money they send to City Hall."

Repairs will begin this summer and will include fixing more then 200 joints with full depth asphalt plugs and a full resurfacing between the Split and Montreal Road. The work will take place in the evening and on weekends in order to minimize the impact on commuters.

Weekday lane closures between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and weekend lane closures between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. are expected through the construction period which is expected begin mid- to late July and last until late November.

Significant performance incentives will be offered for early completion as well as costly penalties for any delays in either the lane re-openings in the morning, or the completion date. The repairs will be paid for through the Ottawa on the Move program

“The new City Council is taking the problems with HWY 174 seriously and is committed to reducing commute times for Orléans and Cumberland residents,” adds Blais

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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