Councillor for Capital Ward
Main St. from Hawthorne Ave. to Lees Ave. remains completely closed to traffic until early in the morning on Monday, Aug. 24. Until then, Main St. from Hawthorne Ave. to Greenfield Ave. will be open to both northbound and southbound traffic. The intersections of Main/Hawthorne (eastbound to northbound and southbound to westbound movements) and Main/Lees (westbound to southbound movement) will remain open to traffic. The recommended detour is via Greenfield Ave.
Hawthorne Ave. east of Main St. remains closed to traffic at Main St. until Aug. 24 as it's converted to a two-way street between Main and Concord Sts. Please access Hawthorne Ave. from Concord St.
Thank you for your continued patience during the construction period.
Here is the latest update from the City of Ottawa on revised closure dates of the Rideau River multi-use pathways near Highway 417 while work is completed on the Hurdman Bridge, and as crews begin to restore and realign the pathways.
Please note that the Western and Eastern Pathways will not be closed simultaneously. These dates are dependent on weather and work progress, and the City will provide updates as they become available.
The Western Pathway will continue to be detoured via the Lees Ave. overpass and the Eastern Pathway will be detoured via the new Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge (over Highway 417), Belfast Rd. and, as an alternative, the Vanier Pkwy.
In addition, the section of multi-use pathway along the Transitway between Hurdman and Train stations will remain closed until the end of 2016 for the O-Train Confederation Line construction. Pedestrians and cyclists are being detoured along alternative pathways via the Riverside Dr. / Highway 417 intersection and along the Rideau River (see map below). For the safety of all pedestrians and cyclists, please follow the signage on site.
The Hospital Link currently under construction will connect Riverside Dr. and the Transitway to the Hospital Ring Road. The City's aim with this project is to improve transit service to the Ottawa Health Sciences Campus, support future hospital growth, facilitate development of the National Defence Medical Centre Lands and improve traffic flow along Smyth Road.
Construction activities will continue until December 2017, with landscaping to follow in 2018. The project includes the construction of sewers and a watermain along the realigned Riverside Dr., construction of three bridges and construction of 1.7 km of a new two-lane roadway between Riverside Dr. and the Ottawa Health Centre Campus. Improved cycling and pedestrian connectivity to the area has also been promised.
Work completed to date includes:
In addition, the construction of storm sewers, manholes and catchbasins along the realigned Riverside is complete except in the vicinity of the Riverside Dr. structure. Placement and compaction of the roadway has started on the realigned Riverside Dr., and preparations are underway for the VIA Rail diversion.
Key activities this month
There is a possibility of night work in August and/or September when installation of the railway shoring system along the VIA tracks begins, as well as for work to complete sewer tie-ins at Riverside Dr. / Hincks Lane, and to install a large diameter storm sewer crossing the Transitway between Smyth and Lycée Claudel stations.
All night work is subject to the approved Noise By-law exemption. Residents in close proximity to the work will be provided with advance notice when night work is required.
I've heard from a number of residents who are concerned about the speed of traffic on Ossington Ave. Based on staff recommendations, I'm proposing to install two speed humps along Ossington between Bank and Grosvenor. After considering several spots, City staff identified 9/12 Ossington and at 18/19 Ossington as the most suitable locations.
It's official! The new mini-park in Old Ottawa South will be called Percy Taverner Park, after the distinguished naturalist, first ornithologist at the National Museum of Canada (now the Canadian Museum of Nature), and one-time resident of Old Ottawa South.
Construction is well underway, and we hope to have the park completed by mid-September. Stay tuned for an invitation to the grand opening!
I have approved the replacement of the guide rail on Echo Dr. from Bank St. to Avenue Rd. The existing cable system (below left) will be replaced with a black steel beam rail (below right), which provides the greatest protection for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, can be easily repaired and maintained by the City, and has a lower annualized cost compared to other options. The total cost of the replacement is $125,000, and the work will be completed during next year's construction season.
Once again this year, His Worship Jim Watson will award up to 15 individuals with the Order of Ottawa and one individual with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. The civic honour recognizes exceptional contributions to city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa.
If you know an Ottawa resident whose extraordinary work and commitment have helped make our city a better place to live, please nominate him or her by Friday, Sept. 11. The awards ceremony will take place at City Hall the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community is eligible. Submissions consisting exclusively of volunteer work will not be considered for the Order of Ottawa, but could be considered for the Mayor's City Builder Award, a civic honour created to recognize outstanding volunteerism.
For more information about the Order of Ottawa, including instructions on nominating a fellow resident, visit Ottawa.ca/orderofottawa.