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(Posted 6:30 a.m., June 29)
Interprovincial bridge officially shelved, again

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The effort to build an interprovincial crossing between Ontario and Quebec has been shelved once again after the Ontario government recently informed the NCC that it will not fund any of the proposed corridors, effectively killing the project.

The NCC officially halted the environmental assessment on Fridaty, ending a six year process that has cost over $6.5 million.

The Interprovincial Crossing Study was the thrid such attempt to identify a corridor since 1992. All three studies identified Kettle Island as the best location linking into the Aviation Parkway.

The first two studies were shelved under intense political pressure from the local MP and MPP. The most recent study was a victim of the province's opposition to both the location and the estimated cost of more than $1 billion.

The Interprovincial Crossing Study was by far the most comprehemsive undertaken on the subject, with two separate groups of professional consultants reaching the same conclusion that Kettle Island is the best location for a bridge.

While the province of Ontario has come out against the study's findings, it has not yet come up with an alternative to help ease the interprovincial truck traffic on King Edward Avenue and the downtown corridor.

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

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