My hometown of Peterborough, Ontario has approved a plan to build a chunk of the proposed Parkway expansion (a plan set on hold since the 1950’s, with a referendum held in 2003), between Sherbrooke and Parkhill Rd. It was OK’ed by a 9 to 2 vote by our city counsellors and will go into action next summer, finishing in August, 2011. Luckily, this road will stop short of Jackson Park, one of Peterborough’s largest and highly valued piece of green space.
The Peterborough Examiner almost jokingly wrote that the town hall meeting spent fifteen minutes disucssing this plan (valued at over $8.5 million in taxpayers money) while discussion of the future of the lawn bowling club took four hours.
Following the maps supplied by beyondtheparkway.org, we can see exactly where this road will be paved,
And overlayed with Google Maps, the road may look like this,
I’m not entirely sure of the environmental impact, but this showcases some of the plant life in the area. An effected citizen at the town hall meeting did raise her voice with concerns of disrupting bird migration in regards to the timing of the construction. Also, the road, will pave over the walkway besides St. Peter’s High School and create and traffic and noise in the backyards of hundreds of residences.