4/20/2017 7:49:14 AM

Bike lanes, good idea or bad idea, well Strathroy-Caradoc Council discussed that in depth Tuesday night as they talked about a McKellar Street project that dated back to its 2015 inception. Back then the project did not proceed, last year an application was made under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund for the same project limits with a budget from Metcalfe Street to Dell Drive was $2,112,887.00. At this year's budget deliberation, the project limits were requested by council and extended from Metcalfe Street all the way to Mary Wright Public School for urbanization at an additional budget allocation of $382,970.96. The two budget amounts were approved by council in the 2017 budget. The debate Tuesday was on bike lanes on McKellar and if they were necessary now, or could some money be used elsewhere, maybe sidewalks somewhere. Ward 2 Councillor Neil Flegel says he was surprised by the request for bike lanes, he's a supporter but through the right process.

Town Staff feel McKellar Street could be a good link for a future bicycle network as it will intersect two County Roads and will act as a good north/south route. Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden is all for bike lanes as part of a healthy community.

Through discussions and design review with the Management Team, the preferred bike lane layout has an anticipated budget of $200,000 plus costs associated with land acquisition and the relocation of six utility poles. It should also be noted that the bike lanes will require the removal of 10 boulevard trees and will eliminate any on-street parking along McKellar Street from Carroll to Metcalfe Street. The entire discussion was deferred by Council.    

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