The Ottawa MP who wants to merge the Ottawa traffic signal system into Ottawa’s city traffic light has been denied a meeting.
It was the latest setback in a project that has faced numerous delays and has been opposed by the City of Ottawa and others.
City council voted to hold off on approving the merge, saying it could have “unduly prolonged” traffic.
The project was first announced in 2013 and was due to be finished by 2018.
Last week, Mayor Jim Watson said the city would not go ahead with the merge.
“I would be disappointed if this project does not go forward,” Watson said.
We’re not going to be going ahead with it at this time,” Watson added.
Council’s vote was prompted by complaints from residents who say they have concerns about traffic in the intersection.
There are about 7,000 vehicles on the Ottawa-Gatineau intersection, according to the Ottawa Traffic Services website.
A traffic light is a red light.
Traffic light changes are typically required to improve safety for everyone, including pedestrians and cyclists.
Some of the problems that have prompted Ottawa to cancel the merge include an intersection at the intersection of Laurier Street and Humber River Road that is so congested that drivers are going through a red signal every 20 seconds.
This road has a lot of traffic, including buses, taxis, cyclists and other vehicles, and that’s why it has been put in such a bad condition, said council member Rob Thompson.
That’s why we’re going to keep the traffic light in place until we can find a way to get it fixed.
Council also voted to approve a request from a local business to change the design of the intersection and move it back a few steps to accommodate a new pedestrian and bike path.
More than 100 people spoke in favour of the change.
Other councillors said the decision would have “unnecessarily prolonged” the project.
But council will now decide on whether to approve the merge later this month.