Colonel By Drive reopens to vehicle traffic between Daly Avenue and Canal Woods Terrace, near Bronson Avenue, at 8 p.m. on Monday, September 6, 2021.
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.
Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls between Bank Street and Pig Island along the eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and has been progressing on schedule. After a work platform was installed along the site, the contractor began the demolition work associated with this project—removing the old guard rails and chipping away damaged concrete from both the face and top of the wall.
During the week of February 20th 2017, reinforcements and form work began to be put in place to ready the site for the new concrete. The concrete will begin to be poured and placed in early March. The project to repair this section of the Rideau Canal Walls in downtown Ottawa is on schedule to be completed by Spring 2017. The in water work should be completed by April with the shoreline and trail work to follow.
Now used by the Ottawa O-Train, the decision fifty years ago to eliminate level crossings along the rail line, thereby constructing a tunnel under Dow’s Lake to replace the level railway bridge, changed the face of the western part of town. Here from the Ottawa Citizen article 13 June 1961, the announcement of the planned work.
Railway Tracks Going Under Canal; Begin Work in Fall; Finish 2 Years
The government has approved the depression of the CPR Prescott railway line across the city’s West End.
Expected to start in the fall, the $3,600,000 project will see the line go under the Rideau Canal by tunnel and by open cut from the canal to near Gladstone Avenue.
Not a level railway crossing will be left in the section concerned.