Sidewalk likely scrapped over resident complaints

By Laura Osman, CBC News Ottawa, March 13, 2018

A priority sidewalk project in Orléans​ will likely be scrapped because of complaints from residents who don't want a sidewalk crossing through their driveways, a move one advocate calls a risk to public safety.

City staff deemed adding a sidewalk to the east side of Sunview Drive a priority to connect people in the neighbourhood to a local park, transit stops and a nearby school.

Councillors, however, voted to scrap the sidewalk from the city's pedestrian plan at a transportation committee meeting last Wednesday.

"On the one hand they support a city policy of pedestrian connectedness … and then on the other hand they can punt priority projects," said Robb Barnes, executive director of Ecology Ottawa, a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes environmental issues.

"It just seems kind of self-defeating."

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