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DALHOUSIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

755 SOMERSET STREET WEST, OTTAWA, ONTARIO, K1R 6R1
June  5,  2013     Mr.  Keith  Egli   Chair,  Transportation  Committee   Dear  Ms.  Egli   Re:  Proposed  New  Interprovincial  Crossing  and  affect  on  downtown  truck  traffic   I  am  writing  to  you  with  regards  to  the  committee’s  discussion  of  a  proposed  new  interprovincial  bridge   in  the  East  End  of  Ottawa.    The  Dalhousie  Community  Association  is  supportive  of  any  efforts  to  remove   truck  traffic  from  Ottawa’s  urban  core.  A,  new  crossing  at  Kettle  Island  seems  to  offer  real  hope  in   achieving  this.  The  project  is  technically  feasible,  has  already  undergone  a  rigorous  and  length   environmental  assessment,  and  would  remove  a  large  number  of  trucks  from  downtown.     However,  for  a  new  bridge  to  achieve  the  affect  of  removing  truck  traffic  its  construction  must  be  tied  to   removing  truck  routes  through  downtown  Ottawa.  The  principle  function  of  a  new  crossing  must  be  to   provide  a  more  sensible  way  for  truck  traffic  to  cross  the  Ottawa  river,  improving  safety  and  traffic  in   central  Ottawa.  As  part  of  this  process,  it  is  essential  that  both  King  Edward  Ave.  and  Booth  St.  be   removed  as  truck  routes.  Removing  just  King  Edward  would  have  the  effect  of  shifting  a  significant   portion  of  large  trucks  not  to  a  new  east-­‐end  crossing,  but  through  the  heart  of  residential  Little  Italy   and  China  Town.  Removing  truck  traffic  from  the  urban  core  is  an  important  goal;  let’s  make  sure  that  it   is  done  properly.   I  would  note  that  there  is  an  opportunity  to  do  this  as  part  of  Ottawa’s  ongoing  review  of  the   Transportation  Master  Plan.   Sincerely,   Michael  Powell         President         Dalhousie  Community  Association     cc:                    

Councillor  Diane  Holmes   Members  of  Transportation  Committee   Rosemary  Theriault,  Committee  Coordinator   Nathan  David,  King  Edward  Avenue  Taskforce   Jordan  Charbonneau,  President,  CCCA  

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