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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.
Those 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:
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.
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.
Summer weather means there is an increase in road construction, as well as different types of road users like cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians out on our local streets.
Safer Roads Ottawa partners want to remind drivers that, by law, cyclists can take the full lane when a vehicle is unable to pass without leaving at least one (1) metre of space between the car and the cyclist.
Cyclists can take the whole lane when traffic signs stipulate single file for both cyclists and cars. Everyone should take extra care in construction zones as there may be extra hazards present for both motorists and cyclists. Slow down, leave space and plan for enough time to reach your destination.
After some feedback from both the OSCA Traffic & Safety Committee and the community regarding speeds, the City of Ottawa will be implemented flex-staked traffic calming on Aylmer Avenue from Barton Street west to Bronson Place. For specifics of the plan, please see this map of the street.
This summer major sidewalk modifications are coming to the intersection of Cameron and Riverdale Avenue. New corner bulb-outs to improve pedestrian safety and to emphasize stop signs at this busy crossing are part of the Riverdale & Area Traffic Study initiated in 2013.
The Riverdale Study (approved in two stages in 2014 & 2015) also recommended three speed humps: two on Riverdale (one between Windsor & Belmont and the other between Cameron & Bank) and one on Sunnyside Avenue, east of Bank near St. Margaret Mary’s Church. These three speed humps are also expected in the next few months.
The OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee has been representing Old Ottawa South at the Lansdowne Transportation Monitoring and Operations Committee (LTMOC) for a little over two years. Each spring LTMOC presents its Annual Report to the Transportation Committee at City Hall. The community groups and associations participating at LTMOC meetings also develop community reports and these are included with LTMOC’s Annual Report.
When LTMOC’s Annual Report is presented to the City’s Transportation Committee, the communities also have an opportunity to present in person their summations of the year’s activities and to respond to questions from the Transportation Committee.
Early in March, OSCA’s 2016 Community Report was submitted to LTMOC and can be read in its entirety here at www.oldottawasouth.ca.