And it has no money for overpasses on the dangerous Via Rail line north of Barrhaven where six people were killed in an OC Transpo bus-train collision five years ago.
And it appears the city has no money for the much-touted truck tunnel under downtown to get dangerous vehicles off the core roads. Mayor Jim Watson and friends scrapped an east-end iconic bridge to solve the truck problem. That cost as much as $1 billion of construction in the Ottawa economy and left downtown still dangerously exposed.
All this when 15 young men died in a bus-truck collision in Saskatchewan last week.
The word that keeps popping up in this post is dangerous … dangerous Via Rail line, dangerous intersections, dangerous trucks downtown. Oh yes, and no money.
Perhaps if Watson had got his public servants under control so that they didn’t pay $3.2 billion too much for the first two phases of light rail, then maybe there would be money for solutions to these dangerous things.
Traffic lights cost up to $3 million at an intersection, an overpass costs about $100 million, and the truck tunnel – who knows? We haven’t seen the study. Nor the study for the overpasses. Is there still a study, Your Worship?
That $3.2 billion would have paid for a lot things. All these things perhaps. But now there is no money.
But we will have a light-rail system that wins awards for public servants (is there an award for the most gold used in a LRT project?), but doesn’t achieve its goals.
Awards or lives. What’s more important?
It’s time for a serious staff, a serious council and a serious mayor.