Traffic advisory - Colonel By Drive lane narrowing beginning August 4

Masonry finishing work to the retaining walls located along Colonel By Drive, between Echo Drive near Bank Street and Clegg Street, will begin Monday, August 4. This work will continue until September 2014. During the work period, the northbound lane of Colonel By Drive will be narrowed at all times. Traffic cones and directional signage will be on site to direct traffic and to ensure worker safety.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists to respect signage to ensure their safety. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to continue to use the Rideau Canal Recreational Pathway during the work.

Upcoming closure/re-routing of Rideau River pathway

The City of Ottawa is anticipating the closure/re-routing of the Rideau River multi-use pathway due to construction. The west side pathway is expected to be closed as of August 11 for approximately 4-6 weeks. The east side pathway is expected to close in early September for approximately 4-6 weeks. Detour signs will be posted.

Traffic survey

CFL football has returned to Ottawa! The excitement of major events happening just across the canal from Old Ottawa East has been tempered by concerns that fans may use our community for parking spots. The City of Ottawa and OOECA would like to know if you have been affected by increased local traffic or by illegal parking during this past weekend. The city has posted a survey form on its website that you can use to record your concerns, or compliments. Click here for the english survey, and here for the french survey. If you feel you were affected by traffic and parking, please complete the survey, and let your community association representative know as well at ron.rose@gmail.com.

Reconstruction of Brantwood Gates

Ottawa City Council has approved an application under the Ontario Heritage Act to permit the dismantling, moving and reconstruction of the Brantwood Gates (located at Beckwith and Main). Click here and here to view design plans, and see the committee report with background information about the gates.

LRT duct work on Marlowe

The planned LRT duct work for 2014 includes:
- Installation of civil infrastructure (conduit and cable chambers)
- Crossing Main Street, at Elliot Avenue
- On the North side of Elliot Avenue from Main Street to Marlowe Crescent
- On the West side of Marlowe Crescent from Elliot Avenue to Clegg Street
- On the North Side of Clegg Street, from Marlowe Crescent to Main Street

Installation of this underground civil infrastructure involves excavating a trench along the city boulevard and sidewalks. There are also three road crossings which will be installed as part of this work:
1. Main Street at Elliot Avenue
2. Beckwith Road at Marlowe Crescent
3. Clegg Street at Marlowe Crescent

As the majority of this work is being installed outside the travelled portion of the road, there is limited impact on road traffic anticipated. Residents may, however, notice increased construction presence throughout the duration of the project, including excavation activities and construction vehicles. Where lane closures are required (i.e. the road crossings), the implemented traffic control will be coordinated with the city traffic inspector, to ensure the work is completed safely, and to minimize the traffic impacts to the residents.

Trenching and installation will be done in segments typically 15-30 meters in length, and backfilled as the work progresses. Typically, a segment will require 2-3 days from initial excavation to backfill. Backfill will be maintained reasonably close to the surrounding grade, until such time as final reinstatement can be completed, so that vehicles and pedestrians can negotiate the cuts at normal speed without hazard. Where access to resident property will be impacted, customer will be contacted in advance of the work impacting their property. This work will be staged so as to maintain partial access to the property at all times, however, vehicle access to impacted properties maybe temporarily interrupted.

This work is tentatively scheduled to commence on August 18, and is scheduled to be completed, by October 31, 2014.

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