12 August 2015

This month's newsletter contains updates on major construction activities this summer in Capital Ward, and an invitation to nominate fellow residents for the Order of Ottawa, among other items.

David Chernushenko
David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward
613-580-2487 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In this issue

Main Street update

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.


Key contacts
Please continue to send your questions, comments and complaints to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to the project team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. However, if you observe illegal or unsafe driving, please contact the Ottawa Police online or at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300. Consult the OC Transpo website for bus route information and detours.

For more information about the Main Street project, visit the special section on the Capital Ward website, and subscribe to the bi-weekly construction newsletter by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your continued patience during the construction period.


Rideau River multi-use pathway closures

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.

  • Rideau River Western Pathway: Currently closed, scheduled to reopen as early as Friday, Aug. 21
  • Rideau River Eastern Pathway: Currently open, scheduled to close as early as Monday, Aug. 24

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.

For further information or to sign up for multi-use pathway notices, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hospital Link update

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:

  • Installation of the watermain
  • Installation of the new storm sewer under Riverside Dr. and extending east towards the Transitway and west towards the Rideau River
  • Construction of the Riverside Dr. structure abutments, caissons and pier footings
  • Construction of storm sewers, manholes and catchbasins along the Hospital Link and west of the Riverside structure
  • Construction of the Transitway structure footings

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

  • Installation of a clay seal at the new storm sewer structure to the Rideau River, and extension of the storm sewer across the Transitway
  • Installation of street lighting and traffic signals along the realigned Riverside Dr.
  • Construction of the east and west piers for the Riverside Bridge
  • Installation of street lighting along the Hospital Link west of existing VIA right-of-way
  • Construction of cul-de-sacs on Old Riverside Dr., followed by closing Old Riverside Dr. to traffic at the Hospital Link road crossing
  • Construction of Transitway structure abutments and lowering the grade of the existing Transitway

Traffic impacts

  • There will be no weekday peak period lane reductions on Riverside Dr. and Alta Vista Dr. in August.
  • One lane will be reduced in each direction at Riverside Dr. / Hincks Lane on two consecutive nights in late August or early September. Hincks Lane may also need to be closed for one or two days.
  • Old Riverside Dr. will be closed to traffic once the cul-de-sacs are constructed on either side of the new Hospital Link road. Pedestrian access along Old Riverside Dr. will be maintained for the time being.
  • Please note that construction vehicles are entering and exiting the work area at Alta Vista Dr., and in the work area west of Riverside Dr. at the Frobisher Lane and Hincks Lane traffic signals.

Night work

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.


Ossington speed humps

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.



Expected benefits 

  • Reduced speed
  • Reduced collision frequency and severity
  • Improved walking and cycling environment
  • Promote livable community

Potential disadvantages

  • May cause delays for emergency vehicles
  • Can be uncomfortable to vehicle occupants with certain disabilities
  • May slightly increase noise levels (braking and acceleration) and vibration

I'm asking for feedback to confirm whether or not residents are in support of this initiative. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call my office at 613-580-2487 with your comments by Aug. 31. The speed humps will be funded through the current sewer replacement program and could be installed as early as November 2015.


Percy Taverner Park

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!


Echo Drive guide rail replacement

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.


Order of Ottawa nominations

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.