4 p.m., April 8)
Construction begins on Brian Coburn extension
By Fred Sherwin
been years in waiting, but construction has finally begun
on the last section of Brian Coburn Blvd. between Mer
Bleue Road and Navan Road.
of Ottawa senior engineer Joe Mojsej says the $22 million
project will be finished in the fall. At the same time,
Page Road will be dead-ended on both sides of Brian Coburn
Blvd. which will prevent commuters from accessing Navan
residents living along Page Road north of Brian Coburn
will have to take Mer Bleue Road to go eastbound on Navan
Road, or drive through Chapel Hill South to access Orléans
Blvd. to take Navan Road westbound.
Coburn Blvd., which was originally referred to as the
Blackburn Bypass Extenstion, has been in the Transportation
Master Plan since before amalgamation. The road will make
it easier for commuters living in the south part of Avalon
to access the Blackburn Bypass without having to use Navan
plans call for Brian Coburn Blvd. to be extended across
Navan Road to an extension linking it directly to the
Estate residents have been pushing the City to extend
Brian Coburn Blvd. to Renaud Road in order to prevent
commuters from taking a short cut through their community
to get to the south end. But a recent consultants
report poured cold water on that proposal, saying it wasnt
long-term plan would link Brian Coburn Blvd. to an expanded
Blackburn Bypass which will eventually be widened to six
city also has plans to link Innes Road to Walkley Road
and the Hunt Club/Hwy. 417 interchange using a two-lane
parkway running along the east side of the 417. The project
is currently awaiting NCC approval.
final piece of the transportation puzzle south of Innes
Road is a bus rapid transitway that would link the Millennium
park and ride lot on Trim Road to the Gloucester Centre
light rail station on Blair.
project is still a long way off, however. Its currently
scheduled for sometime after 2025.
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