1 p.m., May 14)
study confirms Kettle Island as preferred location for
By Fred Sherwin
the fourth time in four studies Kettle Island has been
chosen as the preferred location for a future interprovincial
crossing between Ontario and Quebec.
National Capital Commission made the announcement during
a technical briefing earlier this morning. The findings
are principally the same as the conclusions reached by
previous studies conducted in 1992 and 1999. In both cases
political pressure brought to bear by the local MP and
MPP in Ottawa-Vanier shelved the idea.
current Interprovincial Crossings Environmental Assessment
was supposed to end the debate over the future bridge
once and for all, but if anything it's thrown more fuel
on the fire.
hours of the NCC presentation, Ottawa-Orleans MPP Phil
McNeely released a statement questioning the need for
a bridge in the first place. In it he points out that
the estimated cost has gone from $500 million to more
than $1 billion and he cites a recent study conducted
by the joint National Capital Region transportation committee
which shows that interprovincial traffic volume has been
on the decline since 2005.
a technical, taxpayer, and commuter point of view, any
new bridge is not a good deal for my community,"
said McNeely who would rather see the money spent on making
it easier for Orléans residents to get downtown
rather than on Gatineau commuters trying to get to Ottawa.
the number of commuters we currently have on Highways
417 & 174, there is simply no capacity to accommodate
all the additional traffic that would come from Gatineau.
The priority of Orléans is, fast and reliable transportation
to the core of the city. Until we have light rail to Trim
Road, I don't see how a new bridge can better serve us
of an east end bridge believe the excess rush hour traffic
coming to and from Gatineau will overwhelm the Queensway
and wipe out any benefit that will be gained with the
addition of an extra lane in both directios.
of the public will have their chance to once again weigh
into the debate during an Open House at the Shenkman Arts
Centre on May 27 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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