Lansdowne Park Re-Opening Information Meeting - June 17

An information meeting on Lansdowne Park's re-opening will be hosted by the Glebe Community Association on Tuesday, June 17, from 7-9 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre. After two years of construction, Lansdowne Park will begin a phased opening this summer, with football and/or soccer games taking place most weekends starting July 18th. At the information meeting representatives from the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group will explain transportation arrangements that will be in effect for Lansdowne events. All are welcome to attend.

June 10 OECA board meeting - presentation by SLOE

The next OECA board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 p.m. at Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive (just north of Immaculata High School). The first hour will be the updated presentations that Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE) had at the Oblates Development "Deep Green" experts forum in March. This will be followed by discussion of the ideas being presented.

The Oblates / Sisters development (between Main Street and the Rideau River) is a huge deal for the OOE community and for the city as a whole. Domicile is already well-advanced with its plans for part of the Sister's property and the Regional Group has a conditional offer for the Oblates property - they're currently in their "due diligence" phase so it is not yet known whether the deal will go ahead.

The research and presentations used by SLOE at the experts forum at Carleton can be found here.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.

OC Transpo proposal to combine No. 6, 102 bus routes

The modified No. 6 and No. 102 east-west bus routes through the northern part of the Glebe and Carling-Dow’s Lake would accomplish three things:
· Fill in a gap that was created during the route optimization that has left a number of residents in Old Ottawa East, the Glebe and the Dow’s Lake area without the traditional east-west service they had enjoyed. For example, seniors in the large buildings in the Bronson/Carling area have been left to walk down or up a fairly steep incline to get to the nearest stop further west on Bronson.
· Provide better connectivity and service frequency through the northern part of the ward. Residents here — especially students, seniors and public servants — will be better connected to major nodes of employment, schools and seniors' gathering places.
· Introduce superior service between two key public transit stations: Carling on the O-train line, and Lees/Hurdman on the Transitway/Confederation Line. This will provide a useful way for Lansdowne Park staff, customers and residents to connect with routes 1 and 7 to Lansdowne. This should also encourage more citizens to take the bus to Lansdowne for day-to-day purposes. Based on the take-up of this option, we can explore expanded service after a couple of years.

The approved changes would be implemented in September 2014. For full details, visit Councillor Chernushenko's website.

Lees Avenue Underpass Rapid Replacement Notice - Work Begins June 21

The Lees Avenue underpass rapid replacement will be completed in two phases. The removal of the existing structure will occur over the weekend of June 21, 2014, and the new structure will be installed approximately 12 weeks later.

Lees Avenue, between Chapel Crescent and the Transitway, will be closed to all traffic in advance of the removal of the existing structure, beginning June 16, 2014, and will remain closed for 13 weeks to permit the construction of the new underpass, construction of the roadway approaches, installation of the new underpass and construction of new approach slabs and barriers. During the week of June 16, preparatory work will occur on the existing Lees Avenue underpass and will include removal of the bridge end spans. During this activity, noise levels are anticipated to be moderate to loud in the daytime and overnight, and will include saw cutting of the bridge components.

During the closure of Lees Avenue, traffic will be diverted to Main Street and Greenfield Avenue. Pedestrian and cyclists will be detoured along the Rideau River multi-use pathways during the closure of Lees Avenue; this detour is subject to change throughout the closure, advance notice will be provided.

The existing Lees Avenue underpass structure will be removed the weekend of June 21, 2014. To be able to safely remove the underpass, Highway 417 will be closed in both directions, starting on Saturday, June 21, beginning at 6 p.m. until Sunday, June 22, at 11 a.m., at which time a single lane of traffic will be reinstated in both directions. All lanes on Highway 417, in both directions, will be reopened by Monday, June 23, at 5 a.m.

During the full closure of Highway 417 (June 21 at 6 p.m. until June 22 at 11 a.m.), traffic will be detoured as follows:
· Eastbound traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further east than the Metcalfe Street and will be detoured via Main Street and Riverside Drive where they may again access Highway 417 to continue travelling eastbound
· Westbound traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further west than Vanier Parkway and will be detoured via Riverside Drive and Bronson Avenue where they may again access Highway 417 to continue travelling westbound.

There will be no access to the following Highway 417 on-ramps:
· Highway 417 eastbound from Nicholas Street
· Highway 417 eastbound from Isabella/Metcalfe streets
· Highway 417 westbound from Vanier Parkway/Riverside Drive

Work to begin on Queen Elizabeth Driveway at Fifth Avenue for new crossing

Work will begin on Tuesday, May 27, for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Fifth Avenue to improve the safety and comfort level of pedestrians and cyclists using this crossing point.

Work will continue until early July, and will involve various degrees of disruption affecting motorists on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, people using the Rideau Canal Pathway, and businesses and residents in the area.

During the construction period, outside peak hours, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, the traffic lanes on Queen Elizabeth Driveway at Fifth Avenue will be closed alternately over a distance of 150 metres. Occasionally, work may continue after 6 pm. Flag persons and directional signage will be on-site to direct traffic in the open lane of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway; users should expect delays. Work will be take place from Monday to Saturday, weather permitting.

Although the Rideau Canal Pathway along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway will remain open during the work, a detour will be created through the construction area. Signage will be present to inform users of this alternative route. Users can also take the Rideau Canal Pathway along Colonel By Drive during the work.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists and pathway users to comply with directions indicated by flag persons and obey the directional signage installed on the construction site to ensure their safety. The work will be carried out in partnership with the City of Ottawa, and includes the installation of a traffic light that will be activated by pedestrians and cyclists, as needed. Additional pavement markings and support signage will also be installed.

In 2011, the NCC completed the Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Study with the participation of community associations and interest groups in the area, as well as representatives from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The study identified key crossing points along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive, as well as solutions to enhance the safety and the comfort level for pedestrians and cyclists crossing in these locations. The NCC, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, is now proceeding with this work.

The planning and design work for the crossing point at Colonel By Drive and Clegg Street is currently under way.

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