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By Ted Raymond, CFRA News, September 7, 2016

The City's Transportation Committee will be discussing a recently completed feasibility study of a potential tunnel to get heavy trucks out of the downtown core at a meeting Wednesday.

The $750,000 study found that a tunnel would be technically feasible if regular automobile traffic was also allowed inside. While the volume of trucks moving through areas like Sandy Hill and Lowertown has been a long-running concern for residents and City Council, the study found that when local delivery trucks and trucks transporting dangerous goods are removed from the equation, there isn't enough truck traffic to justify a truck-only tunnel. By factoring in cars, as many as 25,000 vehicles could theoretically move underground and off of local streets above.