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Slow Down for Construction Along Colonel By Drive

slow down on CBDSlow Down: sound advice from Beacon Lite, who run the temporary signals on Colonel By Drive at the Bank Street exit and at the Avenue Road stairs.


Road Renewal Project

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session on road renewal in the northwest portion of Old Ottawa South, where the existing watermain, sanitary sewer, and road infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of replacement/upgrading.This open house is an opportunity to review the design, ask questions, and provide comment on the proposed works.

Date/Time: Wednesday, 29 March 2017,  7:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m.

Location : Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.


New Pedestrian Crossovers Open on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Two new pedestrian crossovers, the first project completed in Ottawa under the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), opened December 22, 2016 along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.

The pedestrian crossovers are located on the west side of the Bank Street Bridge (east of Queen Elizabeth Place) and mid-block at Commissioners Park. Pedestrian crossovers were installed city-wide earlier this year along low-speed, low-volume roads.


Wanted: Snow Moles in Old Ottawa South

snow moleSnow Moles are volunteers who report on what it's like to walk outside on a winter day, by completing a one-page questionnaire and returning it to a community contact.

The Snow Mole initiative is led by the Council on Aging of Ottawa's Age-Friendly program. Our goal is to audit and make recommendations that will make winter walking safe and enjoyable for older people and other vulnerable pedestrians (including people using mobility devices and young children).


Main Street: Almost Complete!

On the last day of November 2016, as scheduled, Main Street again became a two-way route after almost two years of reconstruction. But it sure looks different and works differently than when construction started back in 2015.

More work will be done over the next few weeks and almost all of the construction will be done until the spring.


Colonel By Drive Crossing at Avenue Road

Echo Drive stairs  20170119 snThose wanting to access the canal skateway from the stairs at Echo Drive/Avenue Road have been facing an obstacle, namely the stairway closure including concrete barriers at the bottom of the stairs prohibiting easy crossing of Colonel By Drive.

There is a promise to fix this — an update from Ian Grabina from the office of Councillor David Chernushenko:


Bank Street Renewal

Between Riverside Drive North and Ledbury Avenue

The City of Ottawa has initiated a study to develop a Recommended Functional Design Plan for Bank Street from the Riverside Drive North to Ledbury Avenue. The Plan will include preliminary roadway geometry and general arrangements, typical cross sections, pavement markings, intersection details, preliminary landscape designs, and identify property requirements and project costs.