Old Ottawa South Community Association

Is There a Cure for Traffic?

The lazy days of summer are over. But for many residents of Old Ottawa South, those lazy days in the past few years have been fraught with tension over increased traffic and parking woes. A few months ago our three young grandchildren and the family dog were steps away from a car accident at Ossington and Leonard; to our knowledge the third such accident to occur this summer. During the first part of the summer a construction trailer had been parked in our driveway and we experienced the daily angst of finding a parking space on the street.

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Colonel By Drive at Bank Street Exit (Echo Drive).

Safe Crossing of Colonel By Drive

Over the course of the winter and spring, the people of Ottawa and, in particular, the residents of Old Ottawa South, have benefitted from a temporary set of traffic lights on Colonel By Drive at the intersection of Echo Drive as it heads up to Bank Street. These lights, admittedly not pretty, meant no dodging of speeding cars to get across Colonel By, no long waits to cross while a seemingly endless stream of cars passes by, and no looking longingly at the canal wishing we had a safe access point.

Unfortunately, these temporary traffic lights were related to the rehabilitation of the eastern canal wall between Echo Drive and Pig Island.  Now that the work has been completed, the lights have disappeared.  However, our desire for a permanent safe crossing has not disappeared but rather has been strengthened.

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Can-Bike Training Session for Volunteers

Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo: A Grand Success!

It took quite a few players to make Sunday's Bike Rally/Rodeo a success. First and foremost, OSCA's Traffic & Safety Committee who made cycle training & safety part of their strategic plan, David Chernushenko's office (David & Ian Grabina) who supported us from the very beginning, our community partners in the Glebe, Old Ottawa East, Heron Park who welcomed our proposal in the blink of an eye, the City of Ottawa's Safer Roads Program and the staff at OSCA. There are many nameless volunteers who by their very spirit and encouragement made this event worth the effort: the Beaver Scouts, Hopewell parents & staff, our children, grandchildren, their friends & families, the paramedics, police, Can-Bike trainers, the folks from the Cycling Safety program who, with the Beaver Scouts, saved the day with obstacle courses, a jellied brain, helmet fittings, and a bike wash! 

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Ramp from Colonel By Drive onto Bank Street.

No Left Turns!

Left turns are not permitted at the top of the Echo Drive ramp coming up from Colonel By Drive to go north on Bank Street.  However, we know that this illegal and dangerous practice happens all the time.  Not only is this practice dangerous to cyclists moving in both directions on Bank Street but also to pedestrians walking south across the west side of the intersection.  Traffic is also often disrupted as left-turning cars get stuck in the middle of the intersection.

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Rideau Canal Walls: Work Nearing Completion

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa between Bank Street and Pig Island along the Eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and is now nearing completion.

Repairs on the walls themselves are complete and new railings have been installed. Work is now underway to re-install light standards and to repair the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The project will conclude with site re-beautification including laying sod and removing temporary construction trailers as well as other features of the construction site.

Beginning at approximately 9pm on June 8, 2017 the contractor will be removing the safety measures along the southbound lane of Colonel By Drive.  A signed detour route will be in place as this work will require the overnight closure of Colonel By Drive in this area.  A further notice will be circulated closer to the closure to confirm the date and time.

Once the contractor has fully withdrawn from the site, the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway will be reopened.  This could occur as early as June 9, 2017.

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Main Street Renewal Project

Main Street, from Clegg Street to Riverdale Avenue, will be completely closed to traffic (northbound and southbound directions) on Saturday June 10, 2017 from 6am to 10pm for the placement of the top lift of asphalt. In case of rain, this closure will be postponed to Saturday June 24th. The closure is required for the safe paving of the top lift of asphalt in this narrow section of Main Street.

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