The city of Ottawa and the province have announced plans to study the possibility of a new tunnel, to get trucks off of downtown streets.
The two levels of government will equally share the $750-thousand study, expected to take 18 months to complete.
The study would look at the feasibility of an alternate route, that would include a tunnel, to carry trucks and other non-stop traffic from Highway 417 to the Macdonald-Cartier bridge and into Quebec.
The Liberal MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, Madeleine Meilleur, says the issue of heavy truck traffic through downtown Ottawa "has gone on far too long."
Mayor Jim Watson says the study is a step toward improving the quality of life for residents in Lowertown and Sandy Hill.