Highway 174


Construction is complete for the extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard, which connects Mer Bleue Road to Navan Road, and the roadway is now open to residents.

In March 2016, work began on the new two-lane roadway, which spans 2.5 kilometres and includes:

Orléans, Cumberland to be linked by new bike, walking paths

Stephen Blais leans over the handlebars of his bike and looks to the south, where a crew of construction workers is turning a strip of grass along a hydro corridor in the Avalon subdivision into a new multi-use path.

Joggers, cyclists, in-line skaters, dog walkers and folks out for an evening stroll will soon be able to choose it to get from Innes Road to the southern edge of Ottawa’s urban boundary without stepping foot on a busy arterial road.

Cumberland gets major investments in pedestrian/cycling infrastructure

New Multi-Use Pathways will bring neighbourhoods together

Orléans & Cumberland residents will benefit from nearly $5 million of investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure as three separate projects in Cumberland Ward are about to begin construction.

Two projects will provide enhanced connectivity within the Orléans communities of Cumberland Ward while the third will connect rural Cumberland Village to Orléans.

New Cycle Option to Connect Cumberland Village with Orléans

Paved shoulders provide safer option for cyclists

Today, Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais and Francis Drouin, MP (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) announced $1.89 million to build a cycling connection between Orléans and Cumberland Village.

“Rural Cumberland is a beautiful environment for a range of recreational activities,” says Blais. “This investment will allow us to create a connection allowing Cumberland residents to easily access Orléans, and expose Orléans residents to the beautiful environment and amazing small businesses in Cumberland village.”

Letter from Councillor Blais - Gardenway Sidewalk Update

Dear Neighbour,

Thank you for your continued interest in the Gardenway sidewalk project.

Following the public meeting in March staff at the City of Ottawa have been working hard to take into account the array of feedback we received, particularly the concerns raised by residents who front onto Gardenway.

Construction begins on $7 Million Fire Station

Blais delivers major safety improvement for Orléans

Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais alongside Mayor Jim Watson celebrated the groundbreaking of what will be the newest fire station in Ottawa, Station 55.

“This is a big win for the Orléans community,” says Councillor Blais.  “We have had huge growth in the past few years, and soon it will become difficult for the Ottawa Fire Service to keep up. Having a station like this in the heart of the neighbourhood will surely bring peace of mind to Cumberland Ward residents”.

Blais makes streets safer with sidewalk overhaul

Fallingbrook residents benefit from major investment

Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce the City is making a significant investment in sidewalk infrastructure in Fallingbrook.

Blais secures $2 Million Spring Resurfacing for Highway 174

Significant work to be conducted between Cameron and Canaan Road on HWY 174E

Councillor Blais is pleased to announce that the City spending $2 million for resurfacing on the 174 East.

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 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.


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.”


$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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.

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