Mayor Patrick Brown believes urban boulevard in Brampton could be reasonable alternative to new highway

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Published October 20, 2021 at 3:14 pm

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The City of Brampton has proposed an alternative to the potential new 413 highway being considered by the Province.

“Our City Council passed a resolution proposing an urban boulevard through residential areas in Brampton,” Mayor Patrick Brown said in his weekly news conference on Wednesday (October 20).

“Something similar to what you would see in Europe that allows cities to incorporate fast-moving roadways into residential areas,” he said.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has reignited the debate over the contentious highway ahead of the provincial election, which is less than one year away.

Many environmental activists and City councils across the GTA have voiced opposition to the highway, which would involve paving over 2,000 acres of Ontario farmland, some of the most fertile farmland in the province.

Brown believes Brampton’s urban boulevard could be an appropriate alternative, that leaves both drivers and environmentalists satisfied.

“We continue to push our urban boulevard as a compromise solution that’s really united everyone around the table,” he said. “We’ve had both environmentalists and industry professionals support our proposal.”

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