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Old Ottawa South Community Association

Bank Street Bridge Reconfiguration

Bank Street Bridge Reconfiguration

Comments are requested by April 22, 2021 on the proposed changes for the Bank Street Canal Bridge.

What: The City is designing improved active transportation (i.e., cycling and pedestrian) facilities on the Bank Street bridge over the Rideau Canal. In September 2020, City Council members endorsed a concept design for the bridge crossing that included a reduction of vehicle lanes over the bridge from the existing four lanes to three lanes in order to accommodate active transportation facilities.

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Bank St Bridge as of April 1, 2021.

Bank Street Bridge Changes

The City of Ottawa has once again converted the outside curb lanes on the Bank Street Bridge for more space, safety, and active transportation.

Reconfiguration of Bank Street Bridge Public Consultation

Permanent changes are also coming to the bridge, moving from a 4-lane model to a 3-lane model. The display boards showing the proposed changes have been uploaded to the project webpage.

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Winter Maintenance Survey

Winter Maintenance Survey

Capital Ward office has put together a survey to help inform the city's long overdue review (last updated in 2003!) of winter maintenance quality standards (underway now).

The survey focuses on the pedestrian and cyclist winter experience, and it will, along with a subsequent report on the results, supplement the first report on snow clearance and winter maintenance released in early 2020 following a Community Information Session on Snow Clearance in 2019. 

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The Bank Street Canal Bridge – Feedback from the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee

The Bank Street Canal Bridge – Feedback from the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee

The Bank Street Canal Bridge has been a source of concern for neighbouring residents for years. At street level, it is unsafe and unpleasant for pedestrians and cyclists. From a distance, the bridge is beautiful with its rounded arches crossing the canal and has a historic designation – it should be a joy to cross, but it is not.

Since he has been in office, Councillor Shawn Menard and his staff have been working with City staff to try and find a solution to the woes of the bridge. Over the summer, he has asked for input to several proposals.

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Be Alert!

Be Alert!

A reminder to all now that more activity is happening in the neighbourhood: traffic complaints can be reported online at OttawaPolice.ca or by calling 613-236-1222; parking infractions can be reported online or by calling 311.

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Bank Street Canal Bridge Redesign

Bank Street Canal Bridge Redesign

Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard has proposed a redesign of the Bank Street Canal Bridge: three vehicle lanes, two northbound and one southbound, with two widened pathways on either side, thereby improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

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