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Seneca Proposed for Safe Crossing of Colonel By Drive

Seneca Proposed for Safe Crossing of Colonel By Drive

Through the course of 2016 and 2017, the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee has been advocating for a safe crossing of Colonel By Drive at a location somewhere between Avenue Road and Bronson Avenue. At the request of the Traffic and Safety Committee, the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission entered into discussions to determine if such a pedestrian and bicycle crossing could be possible.  It was agreed that it is indeed possible and Seneca Street has been proposed as the potential site.

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Construction progress 7 December 2017.

Canal Foot & Bike Bridge Update

Construction progress is on schedule although there was a minor delay in creating the Herridge pedestrian crossing of Colonel By Drive. Traffic on Colonel By Drive has largely returned to normal after the slight shifting of the parkway just north of Clegg (this was required to widen the Echo-CBD “island” to accommodate the switchback). 

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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Once the contractor has fully withdrawn from the site, the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway will be reopened.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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Bank Street Bridge

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

1912;* restored in 1993
Infrastructure

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The Bank Street Canal Bridge carries Bank Street along a roughly north – south direction over the Rideau Canal, linking The Glebe to Old Ottawa South. It also passes over Queen Elizabeth and Colonel By drives, each of which extends along one side of the canal.

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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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