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The City of Ottawa has identified a need and opportunity to upgrade the existing cycling facility on Bay Street in a five block sector between Laurier Avenue and Wellington Street. In general, this project will provide a northbound cycle track on the east side of the roadway and a southbound cycle track on the west side of the roadway.
The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design of this project in 2018 with the construction of the project planned for 2019/2021.
For Bay Street, the works will include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:
- New concrete sidewalks
- Raised cycle tracks for both the northbound and southbound direction
- Two northbound travel lanes including localized pavement rehabilitation as required
- New traffic signals and street lighting as required
- Pavement markings and signage
- Cycling treatments such as marked cross rides, bike boxes, and two-stage left-turn boxes, and,
- Reinstatement of soft and hardscape areas.
- Storm and sanitary replacement at Bay Street and Queen Street.
- Storm and sanitary replacement at Bay Street and Albert Street.
- Watermain replacement at Bay Street and Albert Street.
Benefits to the community from this bikeway include:
- Higher levels of cycling safety and comfort for all ages and abilities
- Increased separation between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic
- Create an important link to existing cycling network and future extensions
- Balancing the need to provide access, as well as an appropriate amount of on-street parking and loading space
Project update (November 2020)
Advanced construction work began in summer 2019 with utility relocation.
Some unexpected underground work has impacted the schedule for this project. The project team is working diligently to complete as much work as possible, while the weather is favourable. The majority of the concrete sidewalks will be completed in 2020 with the remaining asphalt and landscaping restoration to be completed in 2021. The cycling facilities are anticipated to be open in the spring of 2021.
Over the coming weeks the following work can be expected:
- completing underground signalized intersection works,
- forming and pouring concrete sidewalks,
- permanent asphalt reinstatement of road cuts and curb cuts, and
- temporary asphalt will be placed in areas which are not ready for permanent asphalt
A winter shutdown of operations is expected to start in December 2020. The area will remain accessible to residents over the winter months.
The following work can be expected in preparation for the winter shutdown:
- All concrete sidewalks will be poured and reinstated throughout the project limits. Hard surface concrete sidewalk will be completed throughout the project limits
- Permanent asphalt will be placed on roads, where possible.
- Temporary asphalt will be used to fill any potholes and placed at intersections, where required.
Throughout the winter, the City will continue to perform regular inspections to ensure the construction site remains fully accessible for residents.
In early 2021, following the winter shutdown, work will re-commence and includes:
- paving and painting remaining cycle tracks;
- top lift asphalt on Bay Street;
- any outstanding concrete works; and
- final landscaping and reinstatement works throughout the site
Design: spring 2018 – fall 2018
- Fall 2019 - underground works at the intersections of Bay Street and Albert Street and Bay Street and Queen Street.
- Spring/Fall 2020 - aboveground works (cycle tracks, sidewalks, road construction)
- Spring/ Summer 2021- final asphalt lift and paving, concrete work and final landscaping.
Projects funds approved to date are $6.2 million.
A public information session was held June 27, 2018, to present the preliminary design drawings to the public. At that time attendees were able to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works.
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 City’s Project Manager.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community. The Province of Ontario has allowed certain businesses and workplaces, including all municipal construction projects, to continue operations subject to compliance with strict public health and safety protocols. The City is working closely with the industry and complying with restrictions and recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
For more information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager.