8:30 a.m., May 17)
to spend $10M on much-needed repairs to Hwy. 174
By Fred Sherwin
City of Ottawa plans to spend $10 million this summer
to make much-needed repairs to Hwy. 174 between Montreal
Road and the Split.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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