9:30 a.m., April 22)
Consultants unveil plans to widen CR 174 through Cumberland
By Fred Sherwin
examining four different options to move commuters between
Clarence-Rockland and Ottawa, consultants charged with
the task have settled on one preferred option and residents
living in Cumberland Village aren't happy about it.
preferred option would see County Road 174 turned into
a four lane divided highway between Trim Road and the
eastern edge of Rockland with up to nine traffic lights
in between and two roundabouts in Cumberland Village,
one at Cameroon Street and another at Burnett Street which
would be extended from Old Montreal Road to the 174.
living along CR 174 had hoped for a bypass using Innes
Road from Trim to Canaan Road in the east. That was rejected
for a number of reasons including its potential impact
on natural areas due to the need to extend Innes between
Dunning Road and Canaan Road; the desire to connect the
existing road and transit network between Ottawa and Clarence-Rockland;
and the need to improve the existing CR 174.
the proposed improvements to the existing CR 174 is a
multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyslists on both
sides of the road through Cumberland Village where the
speed limit would be reduced to 60 km/h and the roundabouts
at Cameron and Barnett which would aid traffic flow.
showing proposed roundabout at CR 174 and Cameron
Street. Blue line on both sides of highway denote
location of future multi-purpose pathway. Photo suppliers
help accommodate residents living on the north side of
the highway between Trim Road and the Village, consultants
are proposing a small service road with access to the
174 at Quigley Hill Road wherhate a traffic light would
would still leave six houses -- three west of Quigley
Road and three east of the it -- which would have to drive
west for up to two kilometres to make a u-turn in order
to get on the eastbound lanes.
least one resident who attended a public meeting and open
house at the RJ Kennedy Community Centre in Cumberland
questioned the proposed plan's impact on residents who
have existing legal access to the 174 which does not appear
on the consutants' maps.
maps are missing some key elements that have been around
for over 100 years. We've had a legal right-of-way to
the road since 1908," said Jeannie Smith. "How
can we put any credence in work when your maps are all
response, the consultants assured the 70-plus residents
at the meeting that the missing right-of-ways were nothing
more than an unfortunate oversight and that the plan itself
was well thought out by a team of engineers. They also
said they would take Smith's information in consideration
to potentially modify the proposed design.
comments and suggestions presented at the Cumberland open
house will be included in a presentation to the City of
Ottawa's transportation committee in June which will conclude
the Environmental Assessment process in determining a
transportation corridor for the future widening of CR
174 which does not appear in the city's Master Transportation
Plan until after 2031.
living in Clarence-Rockland would like to see it built
much sooner, but that would require funding from all three
levels of government which from all indications is a long
way off. In the meantime, commuters will have to continue
to put up with a clogged and congested 174.
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