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Old Ottawa South Community Association

Ramp from Colonel By Drive onto Bank Street.

No Left Turns!

Left turns are not permitted at the top of the Echo Drive ramp coming up from Colonel By Drive to go north on Bank Street.  However, we know that this illegal and dangerous practice happens all the time.  Not only is this practice dangerous to cyclists moving in both directions on Bank Street but also to pedestrians walking south across the west side of the intersection.  Traffic is also often disrupted as left-turning cars get stuck in the middle of the intersection.

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Rideau Canal Walls: Work Nearing Completion

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa between Bank Street and Pig Island along the Eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and is now nearing completion.

Repairs on the walls themselves are complete and new railings have been installed. Work is now underway to re-install light standards and to repair the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The project will conclude with site re-beautification including laying sod and removing temporary construction trailers as well as other features of the construction site.

Beginning at approximately 9pm on June 8, 2017 the contractor will be removing the safety measures along the southbound lane of Colonel By Drive.  A signed detour route will be in place as this work will require the overnight closure of Colonel By Drive in this area.  A further notice will be circulated closer to the closure to confirm the date and time.

Once the contractor has fully withdrawn from the site, the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway will be reopened.  This could occur as early as June 9, 2017.

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What’s a Bike Rodeo Anyway?

On Sunday June 11, 2017 the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) is partnering with the City’s Safer Roads Program to host a Bike Rodeo in Windsor Park.

OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee has invited our neighboring communities to help make this cycling event as useful, practical, and as much fun as possible.  On June 11th residents from Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East and Heron Park will mount their broncos (bicycles) to ride several of Capital Ward’s bicycle pathways/routes to Windsor Park where some of the City’s finest traffic & safety experts will share “tips” on bicycle safety and know-how.

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Something to Report to the City?

Do you have something to report to the City? Perhaps it's an illegally parked car on your street, or a huge pothole around the corner, or you may want to compliment a City employee for a job well done! Well, the good news is that it’s very easy! 

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Rideau Canal Walls: Update Spring 2017 on Ongoing Work

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.  

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Colonel By Drive Crossing at Avenue Road

Echo Drive stairs  20170119 snThose wanting to access the canal skateway from the stairs at Echo Drive/Avenue Road have been facing an obstacle, namely the stairway closure including concrete barriers at the bottom of the stairs prohibiting easy crossing of Colonel By Drive.

There is a promise to fix this — an update from Ian Grabina from the office of Councillor David Chernushenko:

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New Pedestrian Crossovers Open on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Two new pedestrian crossovers, the first project completed in Ottawa under the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), opened December 22, 2016 along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.

The pedestrian crossovers are located on the west side of the Bank Street Bridge (east of Queen Elizabeth Place) and mid-block at Commissioners Park. Pedestrian crossovers were installed city-wide earlier this year along low-speed, low-volume roads.

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Main Street: Almost Complete!

On the last day of November 2016, as scheduled, Main Street again became a two-way route after almost two years of reconstruction. But it sure looks different and works differently than when construction started back in 2015.

More work will be done over the next few weeks and almost all of the construction will be done until the spring.

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