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Rideau River Western Pathway

Construction commencement notice - June 2017

In June 2017, the City of Ottawa will begin construction in your neighborhood. This work is being done to improve infrastructure in your neighborhood.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Goldie Mohr Ltd., to complete the work.

Why: The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction in order to create a new active transportation corridor providing better access to St Paul’s University, University of Ottawa and the future Lees Light Rail Transit (LRT) Station.

What: Work will involve the construction of a 3 m wide paved pathway with yellow centerline and appropriate signage in Brantwood Park, Greystone Village, Springhurst Park, and University of Ottawa Lees Campus. It also includes accessible ramping and switchbacks to address steep grades north of Clegg Street and under the Transitway/future LRT up to Lees Avenue Campus and links to the existing pathway along the western shoreline of the Rideau River.

When: Work is expected to begin June 20. Final completion is anticipated by end of September 2017.

Where: Along the west side of the Rideau River, from Onslow Crescent to the University of Ottawa

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodations, please contact the undersigned.

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as noise, dust and vibration. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

The Contractor is fully responsible for any damage to private property as a result of their construction activities. If you think that damage has occurred to your property as a result of construction, please contact the General Contractor directly. The contractor is required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed. 

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1. For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager. For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative.

City’s project manager:
Vipin Bansal, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design & Construction Branch 1
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 6J8
Tel: 613- 580-2424 ext.21276

Contract administrator:
Luigi Di Nuzzo, EIT
Robinson Consultants Inc.
350 Palladium Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K2V 1A8
Tel: 613- 592 6060 ext.128

Contractor’s representative:
Glen Buch
Project Manager
Goldie Mohr Ltd.
3862 Moodie Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K2J 5B1           
Tel: 613-223 1082

Rideau River Western Pathway - Overview

Updated January 2017.

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the preliminary and detailed design for the construction of a new multiuse pathway along the western shoreline of the Rideau River from Onslow Street through the northern part of Brantwood Park to the existing pathway that ends on University of Ottawa’s Lees Campus. The pathway will create a new active transportation corridor providing better access to St. Paul’s University, University of Ottawa and the future Lees Light Rail Transit (LRT) Station. It also will directly link to a number of other existing and planned multiuse pathways along and across the river, enhancing the ability of residents to travel by foot and bicycle.

Although the pathway will terminate at Onslow Crescent, the cycling route will continue to Main Street and the McIlraith Bridge by means of route signing and cycling-friendly pavement markings using local streets parallel to the shoreline. Pathway users will be able to continue as far as Bank Street using a combination of informal and existing paved pathways along the shoreline. The new pathway will include the following features:

  • 3.0 m wide paved pathway with yellow centreline and appropriate signage in Brantwood Park, Greystone Village, Springhurst Park, University of Ottawa Lees Campus (note: the pathway through Greystone Village will be constructed by the developer via their Site Plan Agreement with the City of Ottawa, in 2017 in conjunction with the remaining pathway sections)
  • Accessible ramping and switchbacks to address steep grades north of Clegg Street and under the Transitway/future LRT up to Lees Campus
  • Pathway intersection with new LRT Pathway on east side of Confederation Line
  • Links to the existing pathway along the western shoreline of Rideau River that extends to Strathcona Park in Sandy Hill

Rideau River western multi-use pathway [ PDF – 1.83 MB ]

Shared on-road facility [ PDF – 1.85 MB ]

Brantwood Park area [ PDF – 1.83 MB ]

Springhurst Park to Transitway bridge [ PDF – 1.56 MB ]

Transitway bridge to University of Ottawa [ PDF – 1.91 MB ]

Project timing

Construction start:  June/July 2017
Construction completion:  Fall 2017

Public involvement

A Public Consultation Group (PCG) to provide community and organisational feedback was created during pathway planning and it met three times between May 13 and November 6, 2013. Two public open houses were held the same year and the input received strongly influenced the current design. In addition, the City will host a presentation of the current pathway design on May 10, 2016 to the Old Ottawa East Community Association.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

Vipin Bansal, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction - Branch 1
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext 21276

Open House #2 - November 13, 2013

Wednesday November 13
5 to 8 p.m.
Laframboise Hall – Room 142
Saint-Paul University
233 Main Street, Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is proposing to construct a multi-use pathway that will run along the western and northern shoreline of the Rideau River from Belmont Avenue to University of Ottawa Lees Avenue Campus to improve the City's cycling network. By conducting a functional design study, the City will identify and develop a preferred design for cycling, pedestrian and accessibility needs, the existing natural environment, current and future community needs and cost.

Study Context:

The Rideau River Western Pathway extends from Belmont Avenue in Old Ottawa South to the University of Ottawa, Lees Avenue Campus.
This study will develop a Functional Design and Pathway Plan for the pathway.

Study Area [ PDF 140 KB ]

This Open House presents:

  • Project Policy and Need
  • Pathway Plan
  • Input received from consultation

Project Schedule:

  • Functional Design – Winter 2013
  • Study Completion – Winter 2013

This is the 3rd and final round of consultation and will conclude the planning phase of the project. This planning phase will be completed by the end of 2013. Further consultation will happen during the preliminary and detailed design stages. The timing of these stages is subject to future City budgets.

City Planning and Policy

Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan:

The Old Ottawa East CDP identifies a Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) along the west bank of the river to connect various sections of existing pathways, parks, recreation areas and destinations such as University of Ottawa Lees Campus and Saint Paul University.

Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan [ PDF 341 KB ]

Transportation Master Plan (TMP) 2008 & Updated Draft 2013:

The 2008 TMP identifies this MUP as a City-Wide Route between Clegg and the University of Ottawa Campus and as a Community Route between Belmont and Clegg.

Multi-Use Pathways and Scenic Entry Routes (Urban) [ PDF 265 KB ] 

The updated TMP identifies this multi-use pathway as a Major pathway in the primary urban cycling network between Bank and Laurier.

Primary Urban Cycling Network [ PDF 376 KB ]

Cycling Plan 2008 & Updated Draft 2013:

The Rideau River West MUP is classified as a proposed off-road facility.

2008 Ottawa Cycling Plan [ PDF 259 KB ]

The Rideau River West multi-use pathway is classified as a proposed off-road facility.

Rideau River West multi-use pathway [ PDF 214 KB ]

Previous Consultation: What We Heard

  • Agency Consultation Meeting No. 1
  • Public Consultation Meeting No. 1
  • Public Open House No. 1
  • Public Consultation Meeting No. 2 Walkabout

Comments noted during these events were as follows:

Highlight Nature: residents and PCG members expressed their desire for a stone dust nature trail. Nature-oriented design e.g. benches and lookouts

Accessibility Standards: design considerations for meeting the City's standards and AODA. Re-grading areas with difficult slopes to make accessible for all users.

Connectivity: support for formalizing cycling routes and connections to other communities

Safety: concerns raised for pedestrians sharing the pathway with cyclists
Comments & feedback from consultation provided assistance with the development of the pathway plan.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation Process [ PDF 325 KB ]

Belmont Avenue to Rideau River Drive [ PDF 195 KB ]

Rideau River Drive to Centennial Boulevard [ PDF 201 KB ]

Brantwood Drive to Clegg Street [ PDF 160 KB ]

Saint-Paul University to Springhurst Park [ PDF 144 KB ]

Springhurst Park to University of Ottawa Lees Campus [ PDF 180 KB ]

Next Steps

The Project Team will:

  • Complete The Pathway Plan
  • Complete the Functional Design (including costs)
  • Document the entire process in a report

Future Activities (subject to City Budget Approvals):

  • Preliminary and Detailed Design
  • Approvals: (e.g. Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, landowners)
  • Construction

If you would like to be added to the study's mailing list or have study related questions, please contact:

Robin Bennett
Project Manager
Planning & Growth Management Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 21795, FAX: 613-580-2578

Christopher Gordon,
Consultant Project Manager
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
1331 Clyde Avenue, Ottawa ON K2C 3G4
613-724-4353, FAX: 613-722-2799

Open House #1 - June 12, 2013

Study Context:

The Rideau River Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) extends from the Lees Avenue Campus to Belmont Avenue in Old Ottawa South.
This study will develop a Functional Design and Pathway Plan for the MUP.

Study Area [ PDF - 140 KB ]

This Public Open House Presented:

  • Project Policy and Need
  • Study Area Existing Conditions
  • Input received from Stakeholders

Project Schedule

  • Functional Design – Summer 2013
  • Consultation Group Meetings – Summer 2013
  • Next Public Open House – September 2013
  • Study Completion – Fall 2013

City Planning and Policy

Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan
The Old Ottawa East CDP identifies a MUP along the west bank of the river to connect various sections of existing pathways, parks, recreation areas and destinations such as University of Ottawa Lees Campus and Saint Paul University.

Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan [ PDF - 259 KB ]

Transportation Master Plan (TMP)
The TMP identifies this MUP as a City-Wide Route between Clegg and the University of Ottawa Campus and as a Community Route between Belmont and Clegg.

Transportation Master Plan [ PDF - 341 KB ]

Cycling Plan:
The Rideau River West MUP is classified as a proposed off-road facility.

Ottawa Cycling Plan [ PDF - 264 KB ]

Overview

Rideau River Multi-Use Pathway [ PDF - 704 KB ]

Bank Street to Windsor Park

The figure highlights the existing asphalt path that begins at Bank Street and continues north and east along the river to Belmont Avenue where the study area begins. Paralleling the existing asphalt path in this area are two sections of an existing informal forest trail that terminates at Windsor Park. Photos on the board illustrate the pathway landscape from various locations.

Bank Street to Windsor Park [ PDF - 282 KB ]

Windsor Park to Rideau River Drive
The study area for the project begins at Belmont Avenue, just east of Windsor Park. The figure highlights the existing asphalt path that extends from Windsor Park to Belmont Avenue then continues via roadway connection on Rideau River Drive to Fentiman Avenue. From here the pathway begins again through Brighton Beach Park as an existing informal path and continues north and east. There are areas of exposed roots along the path where Sunnyside Avenue meets Rideau River Drive. Photos on the board illustrate the pathway landscape from various locations and points of interest. One photo identifies a seating area along the path and a dock located just south of Belmont Avenue.

Windsor Park to Rideau River Drive [ PDF - 329 KB ]

Rideau River Drive to Centennial Boulevard
The figure highlights the existing informal path continuing from the previous board with a small section of asphalt path under the George McIlraith Bridge (Main Street). Exposed roots have been identified on the path west of the George McIlraith Bridge and also west of Centennial Boulevard. Barn Swallows, a species at risk, have habitat identified under the George McIIraith Bridge and a steep grade change has also been identified along this section. Photos on the board illustrate the pathway landscape from various locations. One photo illustrates how constrained the informal pathway is along Rideau Garden Drive being narrowly located at the top of bank and the road. Another photo illustrates another species at risk, a snapping turtle which was seen during the survey near houses on Rideau Garden Drive. The pathway transitions to a roadway connection on Brantwood Drive at the northeastern end of this board.

Rideau River Drive to Centennial Boulevard [ PDF - 295 KB ]

Brantwood Drive to Brantwood Park 

The figure highlights the existing roadway connection continuing on Brantwood Drive transitioning down a steep grade to an existing informal path. photos on the board illustrate the pathway landscape from various locations.

Brantwood Drive to Brantwood Park [ PDF - 151 KB ]

Brantwood Park to Saint-Paul University
The figure highlights the existing informal path along this segment. Exposed roots on the path have been identified near where Clegg Street ends. Photos on the board illustrate the pathway landscape from various locations. One photo illustrates the memorial bench located adjacent to the path where there is a steep grade change and just south of where Clegg Street ends.

Brantwood Park to Saint-Paul University [ PDF - 155 KB ]

Springhurst Park
The figure highlights the existing informal path along this segment with two areas of exposed roots. Photos on the board illustrate the pathway landscape including an area with steep slopes and additionally, an area with erosion problems.

Springhurst Park [ PDF - 123 KB ]

Springhurst Park to University of Ottawa
The figure highlights an existing stone dust path and location of potential turtle nesting habitat. Photos on the board include illustration of the areas with vegetation enhancement and the landscape from various locations.

Springhurst Park to University of Ottawa [ PDF - 136 KB ]

Transitway Bridge
The figure highlights an existing stone dust pathway which ends at the Transitway bridge followed by a steep set of stairs onto an existing informal path behind the University of Ottawa Lees Campus; transitioning to a roadway connection and then onto an existing asphalt path behind the new sports field for the University. Photos on the board illustrate the pathway character from various locations.

Transitway Bridge [ PDF - 82 KB ]

Next Steps

The Project Team will:

  • Review and document input received from this Public Open House
  • Develop a Functional Design of the MUP
  • Consult with Agency and Public Stakeholder Groups during the Summer 2013
  • Host Public Open House No. 2 to showcase the Functional Design and Pathway Plan developed through your input.

For more information:

Robin Bennett, MCIP RPP
Project Manager/Gestionnaire de projet
Planning & Growth Management Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 21795, FAX: 613-580-2576

Christopher Gordon, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Manager/Gestionnaire de projet, consultant
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
1331 Clyde Avenue, Suite 400, Ottawa ON K2C 3G4
613-724-4353, FAX: 613-722-2799