Rideau Canal repairs update

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Parks Canada

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa between Bank St. and Pig Island along the Eastern shoreline began in December and have been progressing on schedule.ATT00018

After a work platform was installed along the site, the contractor began demolition work, removing the old guard rails and chipping away damaged concrete from both the face and top of the wall.   

During the week of Feb. 20, reinforcements and form work were put in place to ready the site for the new concrete.

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. 

Reminder to users of Colonel By Dr.

As a result of the ongoing work on the Rideau Canal walls between Bank St. and Pig Island, a section of Colonel By Dr. has been temporarily narrowed. The traffic management plan includes a speed limit reduction to 40 km/hr, out of a concern for the safety of workers on site and of other road users. All drivers should ensure that they comply with posted speed limits and always consider road conditions and weather to avoid putting themselves and others at risk.

For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Rideau Canal, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/rcInfrastructure. If you would like to be added to our community engagement list and receive updates on this project, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include Rideau Canal Walls in the subject heading.

O-Train to shut down for 16 months in 2020

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Michael Sun, The Charlatan

The O-Train Trillium line will be closed for 16 months, from the end of exams in April 2020 to September 2021, which will affect Carleton students and staff.

The closure is to expand the O-Train line south to Bowmansville Road and the Ottawa International Airport by 2021. There will also be additional stations at Gladstone, Walkley, and South Keys.

The City of Ottawa will also expand the O-Train east to Trim Road by 2022, and to the Bayshore Shopping Centre and Algonquin College by 2023.

David Chernushenko, the city councillor for the Capital Ward, which includes Carleton, said there will be disruption for students and the public, but construction is necessary.

“There was going to have to be closure no matter what,” Chernushenko said. “Safety rules require that there be no work on a track when there are active trains running.”

He said closing the O-Train one time will lead to more efficient construction and communication with the public.

“If you’re going to tell customers O-Train service is down and there’s alternative bus service, you might as well just do it once,” he said.

The closure is part of the second stage of the construction of Ottawa’s light rail transit system (LRT).

Airport CEO asks city for more seamless LRT ride to downtown

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City committee leaves door open for a one-transfer trip in the future, just not to start

The new Stage 2 map shows LRT extending to Moodie Drive in the west, Trim Road in the east, and a spur line to the Ottawa International Airport in the south. (City of Ottawa) 

By Kate Porter, CBC News

The future light rail ride between the Ottawa International Airport and downtown should be more seamless, especially during off-peak times and on weekends, the airport's CEO told city councillors and the mayor as they debated plans for more than $3 billion worth of light rail construction.

On Friday, the finance and economic development committee unanimously approved the wide-ranging procurement and design plans for Stage 2 of light rail, with its long and complicated list of recommendations.

Stage 2 of Ottawa's LRT to extend farther, cost more than originally planned
Details emerged when the massive staff report was made public Feb. 17: the trip from the Ottawa International Airport to downtown would take about 40 minutes.

That would involve a transfer at the future South Keys station and again at Bayview, where riders would switch from the diesel-powered Trillium line to electric cars on the east-west Confederation Line into downtown.

Airport CEO asks for better transit ride

Vehicle congestion at the airport is getting worse, CEO Mark Laroche told the finance committee.

​"Business and leisure travellers to and from the airport need predictability, reliability and frequency if they're going to use mass transit to and from the downtown core," said Laroche, who has advocated for the airport link.

Laroche told the committee he's reassured because the station at South Keys will be built in a way that still allows the possibility for airport trains to travel straight to Bayview.

He asked that when the contract goes out to tender this spring, the city ask bidders to propose ways to allow trains to travel without transfers at South Keys, at least on weekends and off-peak times.

The city is open to ideas for faster service, said Mayor Jim Watson.

"But we don't want to mislead people. We think what we've put forward is realistic and affordable and within budget," he told reporters.

Stage 2 LRT public information session

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Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. (Champlain Room)

The City of Ottawa will host a public information session on Stage 2 LRT on Wednesday, March 1, starting at 6:30 p.m.

A link to the Facebook Live event will be sent to you in advance of the Information Session. If you plan on hosting a viewing event in your ward, please inform Don Lonie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that the details can be shared with the public.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,

Residents are invited to participate in an public information session on the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) proposal, the largest infrastructure project in the City's history.

City staff will deliver a presentation on the Stage 2 LRT project and take residents' questions. You can attend in person at City Hall or take part in an interactive online session. The presentation will be broadcast live on the City of Ottawa's Facebook page, where residents are invited to participate in an online question and answer period. They will also be able to view the public information session on the City's YouTube channel. For more details, please visit ottawa.ca.