Yes, There Was A Fire In The LRT Tunnel


If you are concerned about safety on the Ottawa light-rail project, this story from the CBC gives a pretty good outline of the accidents during construction.

It misses the small sinkhole that appeared on Rideau Street after the large one had occurred. But it is very good in that the reports of the fire in the tunnel were confirmed and that no hoses were available to put the blaze out. Fire in a confined space such as a tunnel is very dangerous.

Wonder why city communications didn’t tell the media, residents and taxpayers about it?

That’s a lesson that shouldn’t be lost on Mayor Jim Watson who is continuing to push for a truck tunnel under downtown Ottawa. The most important reason for getting trucks out of downtown is that many of them carry explosive materials such as gasoline. Watson says that vehicles carrying dangerous materials won’t be able to use the multi-billion truck tunnel.

So what’s the point, Your Worship?

The CBC story can be read by clicking here.



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One thought on “Yes, There Was A Fire In The LRT Tunnel

  1. If the truck tunnel isn’t going to remove the most dangerous trucks from the streets of Sandy Hill and Lowertown, why build it? It will reduce the numbers by a few but not enough to justify the cost. It’s time to reopen the discussion of an east end bridge at Kettle Island.


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