Carleton Place’s new multi-use pathway system is now complete.
This construction became a reality thanks to a $97,425 contribution from the federal government under the Active Transportation Fund. The fund aims to enhance infrastructure, making active transportation easier, safer, and more convenient.
The project involved building approximately 500 metres of multi-use paths and 220 metres of sidewalk, including:
- A 315-metre-long, 3.0-metre-wide multi-use path on Findlay Avenue, connecting Franktown Road and the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail.
- Two sections of sidewalk on McNeely Avenue: an 80-metre segment between two bridges and a 135-metre stretch at the southern bridge’s end.
- Construction of a 175-metre-long, 2.4-metre-wide multi-use pathway between Patterson Crescent and the Town’s compost yard entrance.
This initiative aims to enhance community connectivity, particularly towards one of Carleton Place’s main commercial districts. It also provides economic value by ensuring complete active transportation access to the main business area while improving non-automotive mobility for a safer environment, especially for vulnerable populations.
Minister Jenna Sudds, representing Minister Sean Fraser, highlighted the benefits, stating:
“The improvements to active transportation in Carleton Place offer the community safer, greener, and more active commuting options. Investments like this promote active lifestyles for Canadians of all ages and mobility ranges.”
“Council and Staff acknowledge the importance of safe trail systems in Carleton Place,” said Mayor Roby Randell. “These new pathways offer safe passage in relatively busy areas, supporting healthy living and active lifestyles for our residents.”