The City of Ottawa is proposing to construct a new 2.0m wide sidewalk on Ahearn Avenue from Scrivens Street to Farrow Street at Britannia Park, as part of the Pedestrian Facilities Program. This new sidewalk will be approximately 460m long.
This project is a Phase 2 project from the Council-approved 2013 Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. As a local road that leads directly to a school and public park, Ahearn Avenue should have a pedestrian facility, according to current City policy. The provision of a sidewalk along Ahearn Avenue aligns with the City’s transportation goals and objectives to maximize walkability and create safe pedestrian environments.
The project will provide greater walkability in this residential area facilitating access to Dr. F.J. McDonald School, the trails located in Britannia Park and the multi-use pathway that runs along the Ottawa River to the north. The land use along the south side of Ahearn Avenue includes single-family residential, an elementary school and Britannia Park. Providing a sidewalk on the south side of Ahearn Avenue will support pedestrians, including more vulnerable users such as children, seniors, wheelchair users and persons with a vision impairment. Tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) will be installed at pedestrian crossings along the new sidewalk.
The proposed sidewalk will be installed within the City’s right-of-way. At the west end of Ahearn Avenue, the roadway is proposed to be narrowed to accommodate the new sidewalk and on-street parking would be limited to one side of the street. Landscaping and other features within the right-of-way may be impacted during construction. Please see the drawing below for the extent of the study area.
Additional information and a short survey regarding this project:
For more information, please contact:
Kim Brown, P.Eng.
613-580-2424, ext. 25594