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Bank Street Bridge  There have been two recent public meetings on traffic: one November 27, 2013, in Old Ottawa South and the other December 9, 2013, in the Glebe.  The November meeting covered the results of the 2013 Riverdale and Area Traffic Study, while the December meeting focused on the Lansdowne Transportation Monitoring Plan, a key outcome of the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC). 

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Riverdale Avenue Area Traffic Management Study Open House: Wed. Nov. 27, 2013

The City of Ottawa is conducting a study to examine traffic concerns in part of Old Ottawa South. The study includes the Riverdale Avenue corridor between Bank Street and Echo Drive including several adjacent side streets. Since the first Open House, city staff has assessed various traffic calming improvements for potential implementation within the study area based upon existing conditions, comments received from the public and consultation with internal stakeholders. The purpose of this second Open House is to present draft alternative plans for the study area to neighbourhood residents as well as all interested parties. Public input will be used to define the final recommended area traffic management plan.

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Old Ottawa South Traffic Survey Results

Bank Street Bridge  On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, OSCA endorsed recommendations from the OOS Traffic Survey launched online in June 2013.  The survey was initiated in response to traffic management issues raised at the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC), chaired by Councilor David Chernushenko.

The OOS Traffic Survey acts as a bridge between two official City of Ottawa studies, one completed in 2012 west of Bank Street, the other initiated in May 2013 east of Bank encompassing Riverdale Avenue & Area including Sunnyside Avenue east of Bank (results expected late 2013 or early 2014).

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Old Ottawa South Traffic: Where to from Here?

sunnyside-at-bankThe Old Ottawa South Traffic Survey was initiated in response to traffic management issues raised at the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC), chaired by Councilor David Chernushenko. The Survey acts 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 & Area, including Sunnyside Avenue East of Bank (results expected late 2013 or early 2014).

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Sunnyside Avenue Traffic Calming and Green Street Treatments Open House: Sep. 25, 2013

In 2012, the City along with residents in Old Ottawa South completed a traffic calming plan that included a series of intersection and midblock narrowings, signage, pavement marking and on-street parking adjustments along Sunnyside Avenue. (Editor's Note: This plan does not include Sunnyside east of Bank, nor Bank Street itself. See this OSCA article that outlines the study and the final report.)

Funding has been approved for this project and the City intends to implement these measures in 2014. In addition, the City will pilot a Green Street concept by installing bioretention measures within some of the traffic narrowings instead of hard surface treatments. As these measures will slightly modify the original plan from 2012, the City will be seeking input from the local community.

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Sunnyside Traffic Calming and Green Street Treatments

In 2012, the City along with residents in Old Ottawa South completed a traffic calming plan that included a series of intersection and midblock narrowings, signage, pavement marking and on-street parking adjustments along Sunnyside Avenue (between Bank & Bronson).

Funding has been approved for this project and the City intends to implement these measures in 2014. In addition, the City will pilot a Green Street concept by installing bioretention measures within some of the traffic narrowings instead of hard surface treatments. As these measures will slightly modify the original plan from 2012, the City will be seeking input from the local community.

View the presentation display boards that were presented at the September 25, 2013 Open House here.

Complete a comment sheet with your feedback here.

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Revived Main Street to Move Ahead

A complete street design aimed at helping transform Main Street from a busy arterial road to a real main street by improving the cycling, pedestrian and community experience in the area was approved by Council on July 17, 2013.

The design will feature two lanes of traffic, one in each direction, with left-turning lanes between Riverdale Avenue and Evelyn Street and a four-lane configuration further north to Colonel By Drive, with raised cycling tracks in both directions and improved sidewalk facilities.

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