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(Updated 6 a.m., May 26)
Province to move ahead with County Road 17 widening plans

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The provincial government will begin work on widening County Road 7 between Canaan Road and the town of Rockland in 2019, fulfilling a promise it made in the recent budget.

The announcement was made on Thursday along with plans to widen the Queensway between Maitland and Carling Avenue and several other upgrades to Hwy. 417 and 416.

The announcements, which were made by Ottawa West Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli, did not include any money for the proposed widening of Hwy. 174 between and Canaan Road, however, something which will no doubt raise the ire of Cumber-land Ward city councillor Stephen Blais who has been making the case for the middle section of Hwy. 174 be widened before the Prescott-Russell section.

Although Hwy. 174 falls under the city’s jurisdiction, there has been an expectation on the part of City Hall that the province will pay a portion of the estimated $141 million cost of the proposed widening.

One possible reason for the lack of a provincial commitment is the fact that the city’s own plans don’t call for the work to be done until after 2031.

The city is in the final stages of an Environmental Assessment that takes the entire length of Hwy. 174 into account, including plans to extend light rail from Blair Road to Place d’Orléans.

Functional design plans for both sections west and east of Trim Road were unveiled to the public in April 2015. Those design plans are now being refined by the consulting engineers.

A final recommended plan for the western section of Hwy. 174, including light rail, will be presented to the city’s transportation committee next month. The final recommended plan for the eastern section of the highway won’t be presented to the committee until next fall.

Calls to widen Hwy. 174/CR 17 between Trim Road and Rockland have been a bone of contention for over a decade. Former Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde made it a major part of his election campaign in 2007.

That same year, both the provincial and federal governments pledged $40 million each for the project, but the proposed funding was ultimately rejected by the city who argued that the $24 million municipal share of the estimated cost should be wholly born by the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, and Clarence-Rock-land in particular.

The based their argument on the grounds that commuters from Clarence-Rockland are responsible for the lion’s share of the increase in traffic on the roadway.

Any plan to widen Hwy. 174 between Trim and Canaan Road would require a cost-sharing agreement between all three levels of government

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