McGuinty Government Improving Ottawa Road 174

    Helping Commuters And Families Spend Less Time In Traffic

    OTTAWA, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - The government is helping to widen Ottawa Road
174/Prescott-Russell Road 17 in a move that will reduce congestion, improve
safety and keep people and goods moving, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "The work we're announcing today is about jobs - because keeping people
and goods moving safely and efficiently helps businesses expand and it
attracts new investments to the area," said Premier McGuinty. "Ottawa is
Ontario's second-largest city and its growth helps sustain a high quality of
life throughout the province."
    Subject to the successful completion of an environmental assessment,
Ottawa Road 174/Prescott-Russell Road 17 will be widened from two to four
lanes from Trim Road to County Road 8 - a distance of 22 kilometres. Improving
access to this road will also make Highway 417 safer and less congested. The
province is contributing up to $40 million and it is contingent on the federal
government contributing approximately one-third of the total cost.
    "As a longtime advocate for improving 174/17, I'm pleased that everyone
who lives, works or commutes in the Ottawa area will benefit from this
investment," added Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde. "This
work will improve safety for the more than 11,000 drivers who travel between
Clarence-Rockland and Trim Road daily."
    "I am ecstatic over this announcement. This is the most important
announcement for this area in years", said Jean-Yves Lalonde, Warden of the
United Counties of Prescott and Russell. "The expansion of 174/17 will boost
the economy and make driving so much safer for the residents of Prescott and
    The McGuinty government is helping commuters and families spend less time
in traffic by:
      -  Proceeding with the planning and design of Highway 417 from Vanier
         Parkway to Ottawa Road 174, Pending approval of the environmental

      -  Designing the replacement of the Cyrville Road Bridge located over
         Highway 417

      -  Investing $48 million to widen Highway 417 from two to four lanes
         from Highway 417 to west of Jinkinson Road and

      -  Widening Highway 417 from four to eight lanes from Highway 416 to
         Eagleson Road.

    "Fixing the split is an important project to keep commuters moving within
the region," said Ottawa Orleans MPP Phil McNeely. "I am very pleased that we
are moving forward and that it will also improve safety and traffic flow for
drivers who use the 417 and 174 area daily."
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion to
highways, roads and bridges and $4.9 billion in public transit, including more
than $375 million in transit funding for the Ottawa area. And, as part of Move
Ontario, the City of Ottawa received more than $32 million that may be used
for municipal roads and bridges.
    "The Ottawa region has a great quality of life and we have to keep
working together to ensure a prosperous future," said Premier McGuinty. "We're
making sure the infrastructure is there so businesses can expand, roads are
safer and so people can get around and enjoy all this region has to offer."

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