Ottawa could be saying farewell to gravel for good

Ottawa residents could say goodbye to in-town gravel travel within a few years.

“By 2019, we shouldn’t have any gravel streets left in town,” Michael Haeffele, Ottawa public works director, said.

Haeffele presented a street improvement and rehabilitation plan Monday afternoon to Ottawa city commissioners at their study session. The proposal would allow his department to phase out all gravel streets in Ottawa by the chip and seal process by 2019 in addition to routine maintenance to city streets and parking lots. The plan is more aggressive than the plan proposed in May 2015, which would have chip and sealed one street per year, he said.

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