7:30 a.m., Feb. 4)
Consultants unveil plans for eastern LRT and Hwy. 174
By Fred Sherwin
of the public were able to see the city's plans for the
future extension of the LRT from Blair Road to Place d'Orléans
for the first time Tuesday night, as well as the creation
of an additional HOV lane in both directions along Hwy.
preferred LRT route is actually a hydrid between two earlier
options. It would run from the Blair Road station along
the north side of the highway until just past the Montreal
Road/St. Joseph Blvd. interchange where it would cross
the westbound lanes and drop down to the median. It would
then run along the median to Place d'Orléans.
are being proposed at Montreal Road, Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.,
Orléans Blvd. and Place d'Orléans.
former city council passed a motion calling for the construction
of the western, southern and eastern extensions of the
LRT by 2023. Plans to widen Hwy. 174 are not scheduled
in the city's Master Transportation Plan until after 2031.
proposed hybrid LRT extension is a product of necessity
and affordability. The other two options running along
the north and south sides of the highway would require
a great deal more mitigation to existing infrastructure
including wider bridges at all the overpasses.
southside option would also be in close proximity to hydro
wires running along the highway which would interfere
with the electrical wires powering the LRT trains.
only real concern raised during the first of two open
houses at the R.J. Kennedy Community Centre in Cumberland
Village on Tuesday was the impact using the median would
have on emergency vehicles responding to accidents along
were told that the emergency vehicles would have to use
the interchanges to get to the accident site rather than
the turmarounds which would no longer exist.
second public meeting will be held tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 23)
at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex on Youville
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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