Infrastructure

Millions Invested to Reduce Commute Times

Millions Invested to Reduce Commute Times

Councillor Stephen Blais Launches the Widening of Tenth Line

Delivering again on promised relief for east-end commuters, Councillor Stephen Blais today launched the widening of Tenth Line Road.

Brian Coburn Boulevard

Brian Coburn Extension to Become a Reality

$26.5 million project to open up east-west commute for Orléans residents

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais has delivered on yet another promise. The City has broken ground on the extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard from Mer Bleue Road to Navan Road which will improve commuting for Orléans and Cumberland residents.

HWY 174

BLAIS DELIVERS ON VISION FOR HWY 174

Committee approves environmental assessment to transform the east end

Today, after years of neglect the City of Ottawa Transportation Committee approved the environmental assessment for the widening of HWY 174 through Cumberland; which delivers on Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais’ vision for Cumberland.

“The 174 is a vital artery for tens of thousands of motorists every day and the two lane undivided rural cross section no longer meets the needs of our region’s growing population,” says Blais. “I’m proud to deliver on this important promise that will transform the region for generations to come.”

BLAIS DELIVERS MER BLEUE ROAD WIDENING

BLAIS DELIVERS MER BLEUE ROAD WIDENING

$5.5 million project a major win for Orléans residents

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais’ push for greater road integration and improved transportation networks is once again being highlighted through the multi-million dollar widening of Mer Bleue Rd. and the construction of a roundabout at the Brian Coburn Blvd. intersection.

Ground breaking on Anderson & Renaud Roundabout

GROUND BREAKING ON ANDERSON & RENAUD ROUNDABOUT

Reduced commute times for east end residents

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais and Innes City Councillor Jody Mitic are proud to announce the start of construction on the new roundabout at Anderson Road and Renaud.

Blais Delivers Major Cycling & Pedestrian Project

BLAIS DELIVERS MAJOR CYCLING & PEDESTRIAN PROJECT

Trans Orléans Cycling and Pedestrian Pathway Included in Council Priorities

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce that a major commitment, the Trans Orléans Cycling and Pedestrian Pathway, has been included in the proposed priorities for this term of council.

Blais Pushes for Road Safety and Resurfacing

Blais Pushes for Road Safety and Resurfacing

Treacherous east end roadways to be improved with $3.2M investment

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce the upgrade of several highly used roads in the east end.

BLAIS DELIVERS NEW ROUNDABOUT

BLAIS DELIVERS NEW ROUNDABOUT

Roundabout to be built at Brian Coburn and Portobello

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce the construction of a new roundabout at Brian Coburn Blvd. and Portobello Blvd. later this spring.

ROCKDALE ROAD TO BE UPGRADED YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

ROCKDALE ROAD TO BE UPGRADED YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Blais delivers major investment for Vars residents

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce that the City will complete upgrades to Rockdale Rd. in the village of Vars years ahead of schedule.

“This is important news for the the residents of Vars and surrounding area,” says Blais. “This investment demonstrates the City of Ottawa’s commitment to ensuring a high quality of life for the residents of Vars.”

Originally Rockdale Road was not scheduled to be upgraded until after 2017.

Thunder Road Closure

As part of our regular inspection process City staff identified a culvert at the at the east end of Thunder Road, as it approaches Boundary Road, to be in very poor condition (refer to the attached location plan).

We are recommending its replacement as quickly as possible since we are not comfortable with leaving this culvert in place through the upcoming spring thaw where the road is typically at its weakest state and where flows are high.

Trim Road Sidewalk Upgrades in Navan

As part of the City’s ongoing sidewalk replacement program, sidewalk and ditching improvements are scheduled to commence this fall on the east side of Trim Road between Fairgreen Avenue and Delson Drive. The overall goal of the project is to improve pedestrian access in the area, and to improve storm drainage in the adjacent ditch.

The project will involve the replacement and widening of the existing sidewalk, and the extension of the sidewalk south to meet Delson following the existing sidewalk alignment. The ditch between the sidewalk and Trim Road will be re-graded and cleaned and all driveway culverts will be replaced. All landscaping and driveways impacted by the work will be reinstated to match existing. All work will take place within City right-of-way.

PROVENCE AVENUE BREAKS GROUND

PROVENCE AVENUE BREAKS GROUND

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce the extension and completion of Provence Avenue is scheduled to begin in July.

"We are excited that this crucial piece of Orléans infrastructure is nearly complete,” says Councillor Blais. "Provence is an important thoroughfare for Orléans south residents. It’s something that the surrounding community has been looking forward to," adds Blais.

Carlsbad area residents asked to limit unnecessary water use July 19

Residents in the Carlsbad Springs Water Service Area are asked to limit unnecessary water use from 8 a.m. on Friday, July 19 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, to ensure an adequate water supply during watermain work along Leitrim Road.
Gerry Lalonde Drive opens for Franco Ontarien Festival

Gerry Lalonde Drive opens for Franco Ontarien Festival

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce that Gerry Lalonde Drive has officially opened on the first day of the Franco Ontarien festival (June 13-15) between Tenth Line and Brian Coburn Blvd.

“Gerry Lalonde was the last Mayor of Cumberland who helped our community reach new heights,” said Councillor Blais. “We are here to honor his achievements and say thank you by ensuring his name and legacy will never be forgotten.”

Proposed Street Closing and Street Opening Application

You are invited to attend a public meeting regarding the proposed Street Closing and Street Opening Application Part of Peter Harkness Lane and Extension of Barnett Drive.

Monday, June 3, 2013
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cumberland Arena, Hall A
1115 Dunning Road

Fixing the Split

Fixing the Split

On Wednesday, May 22 construction to "Fix the Split" will begin!

The East End is finally beginning to get its fair share in infrastructure investments!

Lane reductions will begin on the 174, reducing westbound traffic by one lane west of the 174 Blair Road on-ramp to the split. The lane reductions will be in place until late August.

While inconvenient, the work to "fix the split" will help alleviate congestion and reduce commute times for Orléans and Cumberland residents.

Fixing our Infrastructure a Priority

It has often been said that infrastructure renewal, as a policy issue, is not a sexy one for elected officials. Whether or not this is true or false, the “sinkhole” that recently plagued our community is proof that when money and attention are not paid to infrastructure renewal, a community, literally and figuratively, can come to a grinding halt - When this happens, the daily lives of residents are seriously and negatively impacted.

Without casting blame, infrastructure renewal in Ottawa should have been taken more seriously by previous councils. In fact, the previous city council imposed a 2% infrastructure tax, which had substantial money going to kitchen cabinets and carpets! Other mistakes included spending far too much time and money studying pedestrians bridges over the canal.

Copyright © 2017 Stephen Blais