The Government of Canada supports improvements to Highway 174 / County Road 17 - Funding will improve road safety, ease congestion and cut commute times - Building Canada: stronger, safer, better



    OTTAWA, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada took action today
to improve safety, ease congestion and cut commute times for residents of
east-end Ottawa and the community of Rockland. The initiative would widen
Highway 174 and County Road 17 along a 22 km stretch. Today's action is a
priority under Building Canada, the Government of Canada's new long-term
infrastructure plan.
    The announcement was made today by the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, together with the
Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, Royal Galipeau, Member of
Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, and Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. The Government of Canada will consider funding up
to a maximum of $40 million. The total estimated cost of the widening
initiative is $104 million.
    "Our Government has identified transportation infrastructure improvements
- particularly those related to improving safety and reducing congestion - as
priorities for funding under Building Canada," said Minister Cannon. "The
funding announced today will make life better for commuters and residents in
Ottawa's east-end, and is just one of the partnership investments our
government is making through Building Canada."
    "Highway 174 and County Road 17 are important traffic routes for
residents of Ottawa and Rockland," said Minister Baird. "Reducing traffic
bottlenecks and congestion by widening the road from two lanes to four along
this 22 km stretch will help reduce air pollution from idling vehicles. This
improvement is a prime example of the infrastructure initiatives that our
Government supports as we continue to take action to protect our environment."
    Federal financial support for the widening of Highway 174 and County Road
17 is conditional on the initiative meeting all applicable federal eligibility
requirements under the Building Canada infrastructure plan, successful
negotiations with the Province of Ontario of a funding and Framework Agreement
as well as confirmation of municipal approval and funding participation. The
Province of Ontario has also announced its intention to provide up to
$40 million in support of this important highway improvement plan. Moving
forward, the Province will now have to provide its funding as announced and
propose the initiative for funding to the federal government under the
Building Canada Plan.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support a stronger, safer and better country. Over the last several months,
the Government of Canada has met with provinces, territories and the municipal
sector to discuss Building Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441


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