Council made two decisions today relating to travelling around Kanata.
One: Staff were directed to sign an agreement with the province to build a ramp between Scotiabank Place and the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 417. It will help buses access the highway after Sens games and other major events at the arena.
The other: Council signed off on the zoning changes necessary to build a massive outlet mall on Huntmar Dr., near Scotiabank Place.
(The details on both are in this synopsis from the council meeting.)
That outlet mall is going to be a shopping destination, so you can imagine what Hwy. 417 is going to be like in December when it opens. We’ll have Sens games combined with the Christmas shopping traffic.
It’s already brutal trying to get out of the SBP parking lot on game nights and the highway is often jammed going east.
I asked Mayor Jim Watson if the city can do anything more to relieve the traffic congestion in the area, here’s what he had to say…