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Ottawa neighbourhood set for $50M renewal project

'It's Vanier's time'

In the coming months, dump trucks, excavators, cement mixers and concrete blockades will be set up along a portion of North River Road and all two kilometres of Montreal Road between the Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard. The project will take two years and comes with a price tag higher than the big dig currently unfolding along Elgin Street, which is undergoing a similar revitalization along a 1.2-kilometre stretch at a cost of $36 million.
New water mains and sewers will be installed, electrical lines are expected to be buried in order to expand sidewalks. The road is being resurfaced. New community spaces and parks are to be added. Bike lanes, in the form of elevated cycling paths, will be constructed, creating a link between Vanier and Rideau Street to encourage commuters to bike downtown. As much as $400,000 has also been set aside for public art installations along the roadway. After decades of what some residents consider neglect, Vani…

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