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Issue on LRT route through Preston could clear soon

Cambridge city council is set to meet tonight, and could endorse a refined route in the Eagle Street area

We could be getting more clarity Tuesday night, when it comes to a widely discussed ION LRT route through the Preston area of Cambridge.

Council in that city is set to meet, and could endorse a refined route for Stage 2 service, one that could move tracks away from a stretch of Eagle Street and closer to the Speed River.  This step, subjected to having a chance to discuss property and heritage impacts, is necessary before finalizing an Environmental Assessment process.

There's a couple different options on the table, according to the report.

If approved, it would still have to go through Regional Council later this month before getting the full go ahead.

The recommendation also calls for staff from both Cambridge and the region get together with impacted property owners ahead of a public consultation meeting that would be scheduled for fall 2019.

The report indicates the meeting would see the presentation of a preliminary design and property requirements for the new route.

Staff indicates in the report despite exploring options to minimizing impacts within the area, "eliminating all impacts is not possible."

The meeting in Cambridge city council chambers gets underway at 7:00 p.m. with an LRT-focused presentation from city planner Elaine Brunn Shaw.

CLICK HERE to see the full report.

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