An environmental assessment is set to begin for a transportation plan in the south Kanata area by late December or early January, said Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley.
The councillor was set to make the announcement at the Bridlewood Community Association’s meeting on Nov. 20.
“What the EA will tell us is…how we’re going to move people,” he said. “We know there’s a lot of congestion.”
A traffic study on the area is set to be released by Nov. 26. The transportation committee will consider approval of the environmental assessment in December, which then needs to be approved by council before it can begin, said Hubley.
The assessment will look at the possibility of widening Richmond, Fallowfield and Hope Side roads to help alleviate traffic volumes in south Kanata.
“Help is on the way,” said Hubley.
The city has partnered with the NCC to complete the assessment, and Enbridge has agreed to delay putting in a new pipeline along West Hunt Club and Richmond roads, which was to begin next year, so the study can be completed, said Hubley.
He said $400,000 has been set aside in the 2013 budget to complete the environmental assessment, and money would be set aside in 2014 for the detailed design.
“Hopefully we’re breaking ground by 2015 at the latest,” he said.
With a number of developers building in the west Kanata and Stittsville area, Hubley said the city is predicting around 15,000 new homes, which means an added 20,000 to 30,000 new cars over the next few years.
“It’s a growth area,” said Hubley. “We need to have these roadways as quick as possible.”