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OSCA Traffic & Safety Committee Updates: June - December 2014

The OSCA Traffic & Safety Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Old Firehall. All are welcome to attend.

The work of the Committee has been driven by recommendations endorsed by OSCA in September 2013. These recommendations were the result of public consultations and a survey conducted in 2013. The survey itself served as a bridge between two official City studies, one completed in 2012 West of Bank Street, the other initiated in May 2013 East of Bank, encompassing Riverdale Avenue and Area.

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New Bronson Avenue Crossing South of Canal Proposed

Bronson Avenue Crossing near Colonel By Drive Ramps for Pedestrians & Cyclists

bronson-crossing-alt3-sThe City of Ottawa has recommendations for a new signalized crossing to facilitate foot & bicycle traffic across Bronson Avenue by the northend of the Carleton University campus.

The timeframe to implement this suggestion is to seek funding in the upcoming municipal budget process and for the work to start in 2015.

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A Dazzle of Zebra Stripes

zebra-sunnyside-riverdaleThis last month they seem to be popping up everywhere: zebra stripes at Aylmer & Bank and lately at Sunnyside & Riverdale and yet another dazzle a little further south at Cameron & Riverdale – the latest arrivals in a series of recommendations endorsed by OSCA in 2012.

We seem to be on a roll! The Annual Report of the Lansdowne Transportation Management Operations Committee (LTMOC) is due in April 2015 and now that “big event” planning and the Redblacks season is under control, “everyday operations” will attract more of the attention of the City and LTMOC (not all traffic recommendations come under the Lansdowne Monitoring Plan, some sit squarely with the City and its response to increased traffic in Ottawa).

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Colonel By Drive and Clegg Street Crossing Improvements: Open House Thurs. Dec. 11, 2014

cbd-at-cleggAs part of the National Capital Commission’s (NCC) ongoing efforts to improve the level of comfort and safety of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the parkways, the NCC and the City of Ottawa are working on the planning and design for the crossing point at Colonel By Drive and Clegg Street. This is the third crossing improvement to be implemented, following the 2011 Rideau Canal Pedestrian Crossings Study and community consultations.

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Main Street Renewal Open House: Thurs. Nov. 20, 2014

main-street-renewalThursday, November 20th, 2014 6 – 9 p.m.
Saint Paul University,
Normandin Room, Laframboise Hall, 2nd Floor
249 Main St. Ottawa

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Lane Reductions on Main Street: Starting Sat. Nov. 22, 2014

Beginning Saturday, November 22, 2014, Main Street from Clegg Street to Lees Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction with left-turn lanes installed at certain intersections to facilitate traffic flow. 

These lane reductions are needed to allow Bell Canada to replace underground ducts in preparation for the Main Street Renewal Project. They will be in place over the winter and into spring 2015. 

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More Zebras on Bank Street

Bank-at-Aylmer-SNeill-photoYou may have noticed a new set of zebra stripes at the intersection of Bank and Aylmer!

This traffic calming and pedestrian safety measure is the result of consultations with the City and OSCA’S Traffic and Safety Committee.  It is one of the many recommendations resulting from our Traffic Survey of 2013.

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