Committee invests in roads, sidewalks, cycling paths and road safety

Published on
February 23, 2023
Council, committees and City Hall
Parking, roads, traffic and transit

The City’s Transportation Committee today approved its portion of Draft Budget 2023, which includes $475.3 million in capital funding for transportation infrastructure. The funding would help improve roads, bridges, culverts and intersections, and renew sidewalks and pathways. The funding would also build new transit priority measures, new sidewalks and cycling facilities. The City’s roads, parking, traffic, transportation and fleet services would have a gross operating budget of $355.7 million. 

The City would commit $136 million to improve and renew our roads, including $74.3 million for road resurfacing. Other highlights of the capital budget include: 

  • $35 million to renew and replace fleet vehicles and equipment  

  • $34 million to repair and rehabilitate bridges and structures, including the Mackenzie King Bridge 

  • $7.7 million to renew and repair sidewalks and pathways  

  • $7.5 million to design and build new cycling facilities and improve existing ones  

The City continues to make roads safer for everyone, committing $6.35 million to Strategic Road Safety Action Plan projects that seek to reduce fatalities and major injury collisions. Other investments in road safety include: 

  • $2.5 million for stand-alone neighbourhood traffic-calming measures across the city 

  • $62,500 per Ward for temporary traffic calming measures 

  • $1.3 million for automated speed enforcement cameras at 17 locations, especially near school zones. Monies collected from the cameras are reinvested in the Safer Roads Ottawa program. 

The winter operations budget would increase by $3.5 million to $85.8 million. This increase would help the City continue to maintain Ottawa’s roads, sidewalks and pathways in the winter. 

Council will consider Draft Budget 2023 on Wednesday, March 1. 

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