This week, City Council approved the Kanata Link Report recommending that Committee and Council enact a by-law to expropriate lands required for purposes of the Kanata South Link Project. I am very pleased to see this project moving forward and I would like to thank Councillor Hubley for his efforts for providing me the opportunity to be a part of this important project along with Councillors Moffatt and Chiarelli.
In the 2017 Capital Budget, City Council approved funding for the Kanata South Link Project. To accommodate growth in the Kanata South and Stittsville communities, this project involves the widening to 4 lanes of Old Richmond Road and West Hunt Club Road between Hope Side Road and Highway 416. The project also includes roundabouts at Hope Side Road/Old Richmond Road, Stonehaven/Old Richmond Road, and Old Richmond Road/West Hunt Club Road.
The project is required to minimize the impact on the Greenbelt lands and to protect the Stoney Swamp Conservation Area and wetlands. The functional design consists of a rural road cross-section with paved shoulders within the Greenbelt and an urban cross-section for 500 meters on the west side of Old Richmond Road and along the north side of Hope Side Road. Two lane roundabouts are included at all intersections except at Moodie Drive, where signals are specified to reduce impacts on adjacent wetland.
Following the completion of the Preliminary Design and updated cost estimates, the project scope was prioritized and work is proceeding to obtain both Federal and Provincial approvals. Detailed design is underway, following which the project tendering process will be initiated, with contract award scheduled for summer 2018.
For more background information on this project please review the report and visit the project website here.