Transportation link a long-term idea

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The Chatham western transportation link isn’t moving forward anytime soon.

Flavio Forest, of Dillon Consulting, provided a presentation about the environmental assessment of the corridor, which was created to deal with traffic congestion and access issues in C-K. Forest outlined some of the proposed ideas being considered, including a new bridge over the Thames River, roundabouts and an extension of Park Avenue to Bloomfield Road.

Forest said the overall and total cost is estimated at $88 million, and currently does not have any support from senior levels of government,

“We’ve approached the MTO and have had discussions with them… they have not committed,” Forest said. “We’ve looked at it more of a strategic planning exercise, to recognize the corridor and protect it. There may be opportunities for funding in the future.”

East Kent Coun. Steve Pinsonneault said this project won’t see the light of day.

“This won’t happen for a long, long time,” he said.

Council approved recommendations to receive the environmental report.

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