City of Ottawa
A complete street design aimed at helping transform Main Street from a busy arterial road to a real main street by improving the cycling, pedestrian and community experience in the area was approved by Council today.
The design will feature one lane of traffic in each direction with left-turning lanes between Riverdale Avenue and Evelyn Street and a four-lane configuration further north to Colonel By Drive, with raised cycling tracks in both directions and improved sidewalk facilities.
"This is an example of how the City of Ottawa is creating a more liveable, healthy and vibrant city for residents," said Mayor Jim Watson. "We are committed to improving all modes of transportation and this contributes to these goals."
Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli said the approval of a complete street design on Main Street is another example of how the City of Ottawa is showing leadership on improving roads for all users..
"We are moving forward on transit projects, cycling projects, pedestrian projects and other transportation projects across the City that help give people options to driving," Councillor Egli said. "These options are good for people, and they are good for taxpayers because they make for a more efficient and more balanced use of City infrastructure."
This road reconstruction project is expected to drive redevelopment in the area surrounding Main Street in accordance with the Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan. This plan calls for the creation of a vibrant neighbourhood with shops and other commercial venues lining Main Street.
The Community Design Plan calls for 1,000 residential units and commercial space to be created on lands currently owned by the Oblate Fathers and Sisters of the Sacred Heart. To support the plan, Council passed a motion stating it will not move to curb development potential on these lands due to possible transportation constraints caused by the complete-street design.
"The design takes into account future development on the Oblate Fathers' and Sisters of the Sacred Heart lands, which will play a big part in the recreation of the area and I look forward to working with our partners to make sure development called for in the CDP comes to fruition," said Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko.