At the OSCA board meeting held June 19th 2018, Councillor David Chernushenko announced that an agreement had been reached between the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission for implementation of a pedestrian crossover (PXO) across Colonel By Drive at Seneca Street.
Advance work on the construction of the multi-use path underpass at Bank Street and Riverside Drive has been postponed due to Barn Swallows nesting under Billings Bridge. Barn Swallows are protected under the Species at Risk Act.
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The National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Ottawa will be implementing an improved crossing at the intersection of Bank Street and Riverside Drive. We are proposing the creation of an underpass on the multi-use pathway, which will increase user safety by allowing cyclists and pedestrians to cross Bank Street under the bridge.
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.
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).
The Canal Footbridge, the Fifth Avenue Bridge, Clegg Footbridge, Rideau Crossing — whatever you’ve been calling it, it’s time to agree on a permanent name for new bridge connecting the Glebe and Old Ottawa East/Old Ottawa South. What name do you suggest?
The multi-use pathway along the eastern edge of the Rideau Canal will be closed between Herridge Street and Clegg Street from November 29, 2017 to Fall 2018. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the new signalized crossing at Herridge to cross Colonel By Drive north of the construction area and the new signalized intersection at Clegg Street south of the construction.
Official sod turning event is September 29, 2017.
The City of Ottawa will be reconstructing the multi-use pathway along the Rideau River between Bank Street & Belmont Avenue.