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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Feb. 4)
Consultants unveil plans for eastern LRT and Hwy. 174 widening
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members 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. 174.

The 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.

Stations are being proposed at Montreal Road, Jeanne d'Arc Blvd., Orléans Blvd. and Place d'Orléans.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 the highway.

They 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.

A second public meeting will be held tonight (Friday, Nov. 17) at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex on Youville Drive.

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

 

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