2 councillors say their wards are neglected in favour of Barrhaven and Stittsville
From Aurthur White-Crummey, CBC News
Trim station, in the middle of the Highway 174, is in Coun. Matthew Luloff's Orléans East-Cumberland ward. The councillor says he feels his community is getting shortchanged by capital plans that benefit the city's west. (Félix Desroches/CBC)
It's the battle of the suburbs over Ottawa's roadways budget, as Orléans councillors feel they're getting shortchanged by capital plans that benefit Barrhaven and Stittsville.
Orléans East-Cumberland Coun. Matt Luloff said his roads are in "a sorry state."
"Not one priority that my community and I identified to staff has been included in the list that's before us today," he said.
Barrhaven gets $20M for Greenbank Road
The 2024 capital budget dedicates about $76.5 million to road resurfacing across the city. It also funds major integrated road and waterworks projects on Bank Street, Carling Avenue and Albert and Slater streets.
But two big projects make up the bulk of funding for new roadways in the suburbs.
The budget puts $20 million toward plans to reroute Greenbank Road further west through the Half Moon Bay neighbourhood in Barrhaven. It also includes $13.4 million for extending Robert Grant Avenue further north through Stittsville.
Stittsville Coun. Glen Gower called that a long-awaited transportation link in his ward. Barrhaven West Coun. David Hill, who is not even a member of transportation committee, briefly attended the meeting to welcome the investment in his area.
He later told CBC News that the money will speed up the start of construction on the Greenbank project, which is expected to include dedicated bus rapid transit lanes. Hill views the current roadway as grossly inadequate for rapid growth in Half Moon Bay.
"It's extremely problematic," he said. "It's highly complicated for bus usage."
Hill is especially concerned about a tight curve where Greenbank Road crosses the Jock River.
"Right now, people are navigating their way along a tiny little bridge that was designed for 15 grain trucks back in the 1960s, which now is carrying probably tens of thousands of vehicles," he said.
"It breaks my heart to talk with parents and family that have friends and family members that have been hit by cars in that area."
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