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O'Connor Street Bikeway

O'Connor Street Bikeway - Overview

The Crosstown Bikeway is slated for an expansion in 2016.  The first stage of this expansion will occur on O’Connor Street from Laurier Avenue to Fifth Avenue. As a part of this stage, a combination of separated bike lanes, painted bike lanes and shared use lanes will be installed along O’Connor Street. In conjunction with this work the roadway will be resurfaced between Somerset Street and Isabella Street and new traffic signals compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) will be installed as required.

To integrate the bikeway onto O’Connor Street, the roadway has been broken into segments:

  • Laurier to Pretoria: A separated bi-directional bikeway on the east side of the roadway
  • Pretoria to Strathcona: A uni-directional bike lane on the west side and a contraflow bike lane on the east side of the roadway
  • Strathcona to Patterson: A painted bike lane on each side of the roadway
  • Patterson to Monkland: A painted bike lane on the west side and a shared use lane on the east side of the roadway
  • Monkland to Glebe: A painted bike lane on each side of the roadway
  • Glebe to First: A painted bike lane on the west side and a shared use lane on the east side of the roadway
  • First to Fifth: A shared use lane on each side of the roadway

Timelines

Design completion:                               Spring 2016
Construction Start:                                Summer 2016
Construction Completion:                      Fall 2016

Budget

Design and construction: $2.8M

For more information

Justin Kurosky, P. Eng, MBA, PMP
Project Manager
Design & Construction – Branch 2
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 21712
Fax: 613-580-2587

Construction notice - June 2016

Beginning in June 2016 the City will begin construction on the O’Connor Street Bikeway in your neighbourhood.  

Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Adria Concrete & Paving Ltd., to complete the work. 

Why: The infrastructure is being constructed to extend and enhance the Crosstown Bikeway. 

What: The O’Connor Bikeway project includes: 

  • Construction of separated, bi-directional and uni-directional bikeways along O’Connor St;
  • Construction of painted bike lanes and shared use lanes along O’Connor St;
  • Asphaltic resurfacing of O’Connor St. between Somerset St. and Isabella St; and,
  • Replacement of Traffic Signals (where required).

When: This work is tentatively planned to begin Monday, June 20, 2016 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016. 

Where: The work will occur onO’Connor Street, from Laurier Avenue to Fifth Avenue.It can be expected that some lane closures along O’Connor Street will occur during off peak hours throughout the duration on construction. 

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 accommodation, please contact the On-Site Inspector or the Contractor’s Representative. 

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 traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. 

Noise

Some noise may take place throughout the duration of the proposed work, normally during the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. 

Contact Information

As part of this contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities.  In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the contractor and to the City’s on-site Representative.  This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations. Should you have any inquiries once work commences, please do not hesitate to contact: 

Contractor’s Representative:
Ante Bulat
Project Manager
Adria Concrete & Paving Ltd.
Office: (613) 822-6602 

Contract Administrator:
Kate Whitfield, P.Eng.
Parsons Corporation
Office: 613-738-4160 

City’s Project Manager
Justin Kurosky, P.Eng, MBA, PMP 
Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal West          
Office : (613) 580-2424  ext. 21712         

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please visit ottawa.ca or call the City at 3-1-1.  

O’Connor Street Bikeway Fact Sheet - 7 March 2016

The O’Connor Bikeway isa new, 1.7 km north-south bikeway along O’Connor Street between Laurier and Fifth avenues. 

Construction of the bikeway will start in summer 2016 and is expected to end in the fall 2016. Exact dates will be defined at the end of detailed design.

The bikeway has been designed to take advantage of theexisting roadway configuration (existing paved surfaces) and will include the following different elements:

  • Laurier to Pretoria - A physically separated bi-directional bikeway will be constructed on the east side of the roadway, in the area where O’Connor is a one-way street. 
  • Pretoria to Patterson - Bike lanes will be painted on both sides of the roadway, buffered on the east side north of Strathcona where O’Connor is a one-way street. 
  • Patterson to Monkland - A northbound shared-use lane with be constructed and a southbound painted bike lane will be added on the west side of the roadway. 
  • Monkland to Glebe - Bike lanes will be painted on both sides of the roadway, with the exception of the existing Diplomatic Loading Zone South of Monkland on O’Connor. 
  • Glebe to First - A southbound bike lane will be painted on the west side of the roadway and a northbound shared-use lane will be constructed. 
  • First to Fifth - Shared use lanes for four blocks. 

Benefits to the community from this north-south bikeway include:

  •  Higher levels of cycling safety and comfort for all ages and abilities;
  • Integrated traffic calming measures to provide a safer pedestrian and cycling environment;
  • Increased separation between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic;
  • Creating an important north-south link to existing cycling network and future extensions;
  • Constructing a cost-effective solution with minimal street reconstruction requirements;
  • Renewing O’Connor Street for future Complete Street adaptability; and,
  • Balancing the need to provide accessibility, as well as an appropriate amount of on-street parking and loading space. 

For more information, contact:

Justin Kurosky, Engineer
Infrastructure Services Department         
Design and Construction Municipal (West) Branch    
100 Constellation Drive 
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 21712
Fax: 613-580-2587                                                             

Kate Whitfield, Senior Project Manager
Parsons Corporation
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
Phone:  613-738-4160, ext 5242

Open House Display Boards - 7 March 2016

WELCOME

Welcome to the O’Connor Street Bikeway Public Information Session. Identified in the Ottawa Cycling Plan as a Phase 1 Cross-town Bikeway, the facility will link the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe.   

At the Transportation Committee meeting of June 3rd, 2015, the plan for the O’Connor Bikeway was presented, public delegations were heard, and the plan was unanimously approved (as amended by a motion).  The plan was subsequently approved by City Council on June 10th, 2015. This project is focused on the implementation of the O’Connor Street bikeway between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

This phase of the O’Connor Bikeway project includes: 

  • Laurier to Pretoria - A physically separated bi-directional bikeway will be constructed on the east side of the roadway, in the area where O’Connor is a one-way street.
  • Pretoria to Patterson - Bike lanes will be painted on both sides of the roadway, buffered on the east side north of Strathcona where O’Connor is a one-way street.
  • Patterson to Monkland - A northbound shared-use lane with be constructed and a southbound painted bike lane will be added on the west side of the roadway.
  • Monkland to Glebe - Bike lanes will be painted on both sides of the roadway, with the exception of the existing Diplomatic Loading Zone South of Monkland on O’Connor.
  • Glebe to First - A southbound bike lane will be painted on the west side of the roadway and a northbound shared-use lane will be constructed.
  • First to Fifth - Shared use lanes for four blocks.
  • Asphaltic resurfacing of O’Connor Street between Somerset Street and Isabella Street (10 of the 25 blocks); and,
  • Replacement of Traffic Signals, where required. There are 10 signalized intersections within project area.

Benefits to the community from this north-south bikeway include:

  • Higher levels of cycling safety and comfort for all ages and abilities;
  • Integrated traffic calming measures to provide a safer pedestrian and cycling environment;
  • Increased separation between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic;
  • Creating an important north-south link to existing cycling network and future extensions;
  • Constructing a cost-effective solution with minimal street reconstruction requirements;
  • Renewing O’Connor Street for future Complete Street adaptability; and,
  • Balancing the need to provide accessibility, as well as an appropriate amount of on-street parking and loading space.

The infrastructure is being constructed to extend and enhance the City’s Cross-town Bikeway system. Construction of the bikeway will start in summer 2016 and is expected to end in the fall 2016. Exact dates will be defined at the end of detailed design. The approved project budget is $2.8M.

At this Public Information Session you will be able to review the construction and detailed designs for the project.  Representatives from the City, Consulting Team and the Ward Councillor are available to discuss the project and answer your questions.  

Technical Drawing Board 1 - O'Connor (Laurier to Gloucester) [ PDF - 442 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 2 - O'Connor (Nepean to Lisgar) [ PDF - 754 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 3 - O'Connor near Cooper [ PDF - 398 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 4 - O'Connor near Somerset [ PDF - 457 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 5 - O'Connor (MacLaren near Gilmour) [ PDF - 471 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 6 - O'Connor (Lewis to Waverly) [ PDF - 430 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 7 - O'Connor (Frank to Gladstone) [ PDF - 460 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 8 - O'Connor near McLeod [ PDF - 393 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board  9 - O'Connor near Argyle [ PDF - 436 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 10 - O'Connor (Catherine to Isabella) [ PDF - 506 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 11 - O'Connor near Pretoria [ PDF - 442 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 12 - O'Connor (Strathcona to Patterson) [ PDF - 649 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 13 - O'Connor (Monkland to Linden) [ PDF - 664 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 14 - O'Connor (GLebe to First) [ PDF - 242 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 15 - O'Connor (Second to Third) [ PDF - 655 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 16 - O'Connor (Fourth to Fifth) [ PDF - 576 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 17 - O'Connor Detailed Design Drawing [ PDF - 558 KB ]

Technical Drawing Board 18 - Lisgar and MacLaren near O'Connor [ PDF - 2,413 KB ]

Construction Staging and Phasing

The infrastructure is being constructed to extend and enhance the City’s Cross-town Bikeway system. Construction of the bikeway will start in summer 2016 and is expected to end in the fall 2016. Exact dates will be defined at the end of detailed design. The approved project budget is $2.8M.

The constructability of the bikeway has been reviewed. While the works predominantly consist of line painting, there are signal modifications, underground utility works, concrete elements and asphaltic resurfacing to be completed throughout. Thiswill require temporary traffic diversion away from the work zones as required while construction is in progress. Notices for anticipated construction works affecting local businesses and residents will be provided in advance of the scheduled work.

In general, the work to be completed poses no particular challenge, however, in some cases temporary lane closures will be implemented to facilitate underground plant installation, placement of new asphalt surfaces or to provide an adeqaute work zone where narrow streets currently exist.

The Sounthbound O’Connor to Westbound Hwy 417 onramp will likely have to be closed for a few short durations to facilitate the construction of new traffic signals. These short duration closures will be coordinated with planned work to be completed by the MTO in the area. It is anticipated that a portion of this project will be completed at night in order to maintain adequate facility capacity for motor vehicle traffic.

Next Steps

Following this Public Information Session, your comments regarding the implementation of this project will be reviewed and considered by the design team.

Please fill out a Comment Sheet with any questions, concerns or general comments you would like addressed or considered. Leave it in the box provided, or return to us by fax or mail by March 11, 2016. Comments can also be submitted by email to: Justin.Kurosky@ottawa.ca.

Public Information Session - 7 March 2016

You’re invited:
Monday, March 7th, 2016 – 7 to 9 PM
Dominion Chalmers Church – Woodside Hall
355 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a Public Information Session to present the O’Connor Street Bikeway design planned in your neighborhood. 

Why:  The O’Connor Bikeway project includes: 

  • Construction of separated, bi-directional and uni-directional bikeways along O’Connor St;
  • Construction of painted bike lanes and shared use lanes along O’Connor St;
  • Asphaltic resurfacing of O’Connor St. between Somerset St. and Isabella St; and,
  • Replacement of Traffic Signals (where required).

What: The infrastructure is being constructed to extend and enhance the Crosstown Bikeway.

When:  The City is planning to start the construction work in the summer 2016 and completion for the Fall of 2016.

Where:  O’Connor Street (Laurier Avenue to Fifth Avenue.

At the Public Information Session you will be able to review the construction and detail designs for the entire project.  Representatives from the City, Consulting Team and the Ward Councillor will be available to discuss the project and answer your questions.  Your input is an important part of the consultation process.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Justin Kurosky, Engineer  
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal (West) Branch      
100 Constellation Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8         
Phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 21712         
Fax: 613-580-2587                                                   

Kate Whitfield, Senior Project Manager
Parsons Corporation
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
Phone: 613-738-4160, ext. 5242

Comments should be submitted by Friday, 11 March 2016.

O’Connor Street Bikeway Functional Planning Study