Over the last several months, Carleton University has been developing a strategy to best respond to the impacts of the closure of Hog's Back swing bridge this summer and the shutdown of the O-Train in 2020 for Stage 2 LRT. These projects by the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa are going to have a major impact on campus. In summary:
- Hog's Back Road will be closed for approximately nine months to all vehicles from Colonel By Drive to Prince of Wales Drive, diverting a significant amount of traffic to the Bronson Avenue entrance to campus. Improved pedestrian/cyclist access across the Hog’s Back locks during construction is planned.
- During the O-Train shutdown, buses will replace train service for an estimated two years.
The university is taking steps to mitigate increased traffic congestion on campus. As a first step, the university is in the process of receiving site plans and permit approval from the City of Ottawa to proceed with two projects:
- Planning for Raven Road to be opened to Bronson Avenue as a left-in and a right-out for buses only is underway. Preparation begins on March 26-28, 2019 with the city drilling bore holes. Pending approvals, construction is expected to start in the next one to two years.
- Planning for the construction of a new road called Stadium Way that will connect Bronson Avenue and University Drive through parking lot 5, near MNP Park (Carleton's Athletic Field) is also underway (link to PDF map of the Carleton campus). This would be as a right-in, right-out for cars only from Bronson Avenue. Work is expected to begin in June 2019 (date to be confirmed).
A dedicated website has been created to house all information about these and future events. Information will be shared as details are confirmed.