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  • Writer's pictureHunter Cresswell

More River Road questions for council

Chelsea council faced more questions about the River Road project at its regular March 8 meeting.

Farm Point residents Barbara Shaw and Tineke Kuijper both expressed concern and skepticism about how the wetland environment along the road will be protected while it’s being completely rebuilt this year. Other people submitted questions about the project, but their names weren’t read during the question period.

Mayor Pierre Guénard said that work along the southern section of the road, not directly along the Gatineau River, will start first.

“We can start the work close to Tulip Valley, we can start the work close to Club Cascades but, along the river, no work will be done until we have the authorization certificate from the Ministry [of Environment],” Guénard said.

Neither Shaw nor Kuijper spoke during the meeting; Mayor Pierre Guénard summed up their questions, which were submitted.. Shaw asked about ensuring that culvert work under River Road won’t drain the wetlands and Kuijper asked if Chelsea budgeted to have an environmental expert on site to monitor the work.

“They need to validate the design and respect the integrity of the environment in which it’s installed,” Guénard said about the work plans, which await approval from various provincial ministries. “So no work in those areas will be carried out before the authorization is obtained.”

Guénard said that an environmental expert will be present to “assess all the work.”

All council members attended the Zoom meeting and about 15 people were in the audience.

Recently Chelsea was awarded a $2.4 million provincial grant for the River Road project, which is projected to cost $12,438,906.

The 6.1 kilometre road will be rebuilt from the intersection with Hwy 105 in Tulip Valley up to the municipal border of La Pêche in Farm Point.

Work includes: a guardrail along the riverfront section; upgrading 21 culverts; adding two culverts; widening the road near the Cascades Club; and adding a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Chemin Saint-Clément near Farm Point Park.

The work is planned to start this spring and end this year.


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