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Shouldn’t there be more than one way to build an overpass?

The mayor of Vaudreui-Dorion acted quickly last week, scrapping a plan to build an overpass in an area of town that has seen a huge population surge in the last few years.

Within less than 24 hours after hosting a consultation meeting, where residents packed a hall to express their objections to the cost of the plan, the decision was announced. The city would not  build a four-lane overpass on André Chartrand Ave. over Cité des Jeunes Blvd. Residents didn’t like the fact that each homeowner in the area would have to pay about $300 a year for  the next 40 years to cover the cost of construction.

So is that it?

No one likes the cost. But what about traffic flow – now and in the future? Should city planning be a popularity exercise?

Don’t get me wrong. The residents have every right to object to the financial burden they were being asked to take on. But cannot both the taxpayers and town officials sit down and discuss alternatives?

Vaudreuil-Dorion is a booming place. Its development needs a vision. Sights should not simply focus on the here and now, but the future. There is more than one way to build an overpass. At least there should be.

Feel free to share your views. Let’s get the discussion going.

Brenda O’Farrell

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