The Interprovincial Crossings study has now reached an important milestone and it is important that you make your voices heard. The NCC is currently assessing 3 corridors to build a bridge across the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Gatineau. Two of the corridors under study would cut through the north-eastern edge of the Greenbelt between Jeanne d’Arc Blvd and Montreal Road interchange on Highway 174. If the NCC chooses either Corridor 6 (a few meters east of the Rockliffe Parkway overpass) or Corridor 7 (just west of Jeanne d’Arc Blvd), this would have significant and long term impact on all residents of Orléans and other communities east of the split. Over 3000 heavy trucks and thousands of additional commuter traffic would cause a gridlock on the already congested Highway 174. If they select corridor 5, the same gridlock impact on 174 occurs, and it passes through the most densely packed residential areas of any of the corridors. None of these “solutions” will divert much truck traffic from King Edward. All of the eastern communities will be disadvantaged. They need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a regional transportation plan.
In Round 2 of the Public Consultation Program, the public will have the opportunity to review the functional designs of the Technically Preferred Alignment (TPA) within each corridor and the steps taken to develop the TPA. All information will be contained on panels displayed at the consultation sessions; there will be no formal presentations. Study team members will be at both sessions to answer questions and provide background. The objective of the Round 2 Consultation will be to solicit the public’s input into the evaluation factors (definition and weighting) and to refine the functional design of each alignment in each Corridor and mitigation measures to fit with the identified community values.
Here are the details of this important meeting:
WHAT: NCC Public Consultation
WHEN: June 12th 2012
3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Shenkman Art Centre
245 Centrum Blvd in Orléans
Peter D. Clark, Councillor, Ward 13