_ (press release) _ Mayor Jim Watson, Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, local Councillors Jody Mitic and Stephen Blais, and a very special guest broke ground today at the intersection of Mer-Bleue Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard for a 2.5-kilometre extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard to Navan Road.
“This two-lane road extension from Mer-Bleue Road eastward to Navan Road will provide a welcome and needed new connection south of Innes Road for residents of the growing east-end communities,” said Mayor Watson. “When completed by the end of next year, Brian Coburn Boulevard will be a vital artery running from Trim Road in the east to Navan Road in the west.”
Features of the road extension will include a multi-use pathway on the south of the roadway, a westbound cycling lane on the north side, traffic roundabouts at Mer-Bleue Road, Belcourt Boulevard and Navan Road, pedestrian-activated crossing signals at Pagé Road, and 50 new LED streetlights. Pagé Road will be permanently closed at Brian Coburn Boulevard.
City Councillors, senior City staff, stakeholders and representatives of local community associations were on hand to witness the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt dug by the Mayor, Councillors and the namesake of the boulevard, Brian Coburn.
Brian Coburn served east-end residents as Mayor of Cumberland for 10 years before amalgamation. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1999 representing Carleton-Gloucester, later renamed Ottawa-Orléans, and served his home area as an MPP until 2003. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Capital Commission.