By Evelyn Harford, InsideOttawaValey, October 13, 2020
The plan to construct a multi-use cycling pathway in Smiths Falls has hit a roadblock.
It became clear late last month that the construction of a planned pathway that was to extend from Beckwith Street to Broadview Avenue along the riverfront wouldn't be going ahead, according to a town report presented before council. The report indicates that Parks Canada won't allow the asphalt surface required for the project that was to be paid, in part, by grant money.
Troy Dunlop, the town’s director of public works and utilities, requested at council’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, that council extend the funding agreement regarding the multi-use cycling pathway until the end of next year to give the town time to re-evaluate the project and other possibilities for where the money already secured could be used. Council passed the bylaw authorizing the execution of the funding agreement on Monday, Oct. 5.