As it stands there are semi trucks making right hand turns at Rideau and King Edward.
Mayor Watson describes the Kettle Island bridge option as "an eviceration" of communities. The NCC calls it the best option (note Tobi Nussbaum is the new NCC CEO). The leadership at Montfort has rightly identified that truck traffic may slow down emergency services.
But something is going to happen.
Mayor Watson has envisioned a tunnel under the Rideau River leading trucks to the 417. Does anybody see a problem with this? I certainly do!
People are throwing around numbers like a billion dollars like it was chump change. ( if you tried to count to a billion you would die of old age first!)
The Kettle island option could also incorporate a tunnelling combination with a bridge to avoid traffic tie ups.
Its time to get creative with the solutions, not a bridge alone not a tunnel alone, but bridges and tunnels in combination.
The NCC is focusing on three locations for a sixth bridge: one at Kettle Island near the Rockcliffe Airport and two farther east at Lower Duck Island and McLaurin Bay that connect with Ottawa in the Orleans area.
Cbc video on traffic at King Edward and the failed tunnel at Kettle island http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2394546044/
The National Capital Commission recommended Ottawa's sixth interprovincial bridge cross over Kettle Island. The corridor at Kettle Island near the Rockcliffe Airport was one of three options the NCC considered for the proposed interprovincial bridge.
Alain-Michel Sékula, Chair of the Montfort Hospital trustees, said the traffic that the new bridge created would tie-up ambulances in traffic. As envisioned he is right but he didn't really offer any alternatives either.
"the bridge is going to Kettle island, you can like that or lump it but that is where it is going to go" says Jim Patton: