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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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Non-local Heavy Truck Traffic on Sunnyside Avenue

Non-local Heavy Truck Traffic on Sunnyside Avenue

Have you been bothered by the increase in heavy truck traffic on Sunnyside Avenue over the years? Non-local heavy trucks continue to use Sunnyside Avenue despite regulations that prohibit this. Heavy trucks can use non-designated truck routes for local deliveries and servicing, but this is meant only as an exception. Their use on this narrow residential street interfere with day-to-day life, work and sleep. It increases the risk to pedestrians, cyclists, and students, parents and employees of Hopewell Public School.

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OSCA Traffic & Safety Remarks Regarding the Bank Street Bridge at the September 2, 2020 Transportation Committee Meeting

OSCA Traffic & Safety Remarks Regarding the Bank Street Bridge at the September 2, 2020 Transportation Committee Meeting

You may have seen or heard that Ottawa's Transportation Committee voted unanimously in favour of a Bank Street Bridge redesign plan. The plan will now go to Council for a final vote. At the Transportation Committee meeting, chair Sue Neill made a submission on behalf of OSCA's Traffic and Safety Committee. Below is the full text.

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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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