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Ahearn Avenue Sidewalk

Project Status: 

Sidewalk Implementation

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.

Ahearn Avenue Sidewalk study area

Additional information and a short survey regarding this project:

Display boards [ PDF 8.422 MB ]

Comments can be provided by completing the survey or by email to by December 17, 2020.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Brown, P.Eng.
Transportation Planning
613-580-2424, ext. 25594

Project Update: February 2021

In November-December 2020, an online consultation was held to gather feedback on the proposed Ahearn Avenue sidewalk functional design. This As We Heard It Report includes the results from the online consultation and survey, comments provided during a Councillor-hosted virtual meeting and summaries of individual comments received by email.