When County Road 17 sees its upgrade at last it will be as a full-fledged four-lane highway. Any plans for an alternating third-lane passing setup are not on the drawing board.
More than a hundred residents of Clarence-Rockland, along with almost the entire city council spent Thursday evening at the Clarence Creek Arena mezzanine room listening to the latest presentation on the environmental assessment study for the County Road 17/Highway 174 upgrade.
Planners for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, the City of Ottawa, and the AECON consulting firm explained that the full four-lane option for the connector route between Rockland and Orléans was the best of all proposals reviewed.
Several people in the audience questioned going with the more expensive four-lane option, which would also take longer to complete, instead of a cheaper three-lane setup that could be done quicker.
The three-lane setup, which features alternate times for using the third lane as an extra commuter traffic route, is in use in Montréal at the Champlain Bridge and in several other locations in Canada and the United States.
AECON representative Valerie McGhirr said the three-lane option was considered, reviewed and then discarded as being unsafe for handling the commuter traffic between Rockland and Orléans.
More details in next week’s Vision.