Traffic & Transportation Issues


Transportation Features

Echo Drive to Harvey Street:

  • Maintain two lane plus turn lane configuration
  • Establish 4.0m shared curb lanes to provide for on-road cycling
  • Widen sidewalks and provide streetscaping

Harvey Street to Evelyn Avenue:

  • Maintain four lane configuration to enable the higher vehicle traffic flows through these critical intersections
  • Establish a combination of 4.0m shared curb lanes and cycle tracks to provide for cycling,depending on right-of-way availability
  • Join the contra-flow bike lane on Graham Ave. to a new southbound cycle track
  • Widen sidewalks and provide streetscaping
  • Pursue minor right-of-way widenings

Evelyn Avenue to Oblate Avenue:

  • Reduce vehicle travel lanes from four to two, with left-turn lanes at most intersections
  • Establish cycle track in each direction • Widen sidewalks and provide streetscaping
  • Provide permanent parking bays on the east side, and on-street parking on the west side
  • Pursue minor right-of-way widenings

Oblate Avenue to Toronto Street:

  • Reduce vehicle travel lanes from four to two, with left-turn lanes at most intersections
  • Establish cycle track in each direction • Widen sidewalks and provide streetscaping
  • Provide permanent parking bays along both sides, between Oblate Avenue and Clegg Street

Toronto Street to Mcllraith Bridge:

  • Reduce vehicle travel lanes from four to three (two northbound lanes and one southbound lane)
  • Establish cycle track southbound and bike lane northbound
  • Widen sidewalks and provide streetscaping

Rideau River Drive:

  • Provide a northbound contra-flow bike lane
  • Extend the west side sidewalk southerly, and connect to the future Rideau River West multi-use pathway

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Travel Implications

The following is a summary of the key traffic-related considerations that are associated with the project:

  • Based on data at the Mcllraith Bridge, the Main Street Corridor currently accommodates approximately 1,500 persons per direction traveling in the peak hour, with the non-auto modal share (walk, bike, transit) at approximately 6%, auto passenger 15%, and auto driver 79%;
  • The Corridor carries between 900 and 1,200 veh/h per direction in the peak hour — this is currently accommodated in two vehicle lanes per direction;
  • The theoretical capacity of a single vehicle lane is approximately 900 veh/h;
  • Once the corridor is reconstructed with one vehicle lane per direction (in sections), the street is not expected to accommodate the existing peak hour vehicle traffic; and
  • The projected shortfall during the peak hours is expected to be accommodated through some combination of the following:
    • Some Corridor motorists will change their mode to walking, cycling, or transit use;
    • Some Corridor motorists will elect to travel outside of the peak hour (i.e., peak period lengthened);
    • Some Corridor motorists will select other routes such as Riverside Drive, Bank Street, or Bronson Avenue; and
    • Some motorists will elect to travel through the corridor with reduced level of service.

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Area Sustainable Transportation Initiative

The City is in the process of planning, designing, and or implementing a few transportation initiatives in the broader area that will reinforce the community's sustainable transportation infrastructure and further support the success of the Main Street Renewal project.

These initiatives include:

  • the transportation capacity of Confederation Line and the Lees Station which is within walking distance of Old Ottawa East;
  • a pedestrian and cycling bridge crossing of the Rideau Canal opposite Clegg Street, which will link Old Ottawa East to Lansdowne Park and The Glebe;
  • a multiuse pathway along the west side of the Rideau River; and
  • bike lanes across the Mcllraith Bridge, implemented as part of the bridge's rehabilitation.

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If you don’t find the information you need on these pages, visit ottawa.ca or contact the project managers directly:

City Project Manager
Josée Vallée, P. Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design & Construction Municipal – East Branch
City of Ottawa
josee.vallee@ottawa.ca | 613-580-2424 x 21805

Contractor Representative
Alphonse Blank
Karson Konstruction
613-913-9032
24-hour emergency number: 613-839-2816

    

Contract Administrator
Robert McKay
Parsons
Cell: (613) 883-7590


Senior Inspector
Greg Choquette
Parsons
Cell: (613) 327-7404