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Campeau Drive multi-use pathway and cycling improvements

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Project overview (July 2017)

Campeau Drive multi-use pathway (MUP) and cycling improvements - Contract No. ISD16-5152

Project description

The City of Ottawa has undertaken the preliminary and detailed design for a 3 m wide multi-use pathway that will replace the existing asphalt sidewalk between Knudson Drive and the Mlacak Centre on the north boulevard of Campeau Drive to minimize conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists. To provide additional cycling connectivity to the network, the multi-use pathway is extended from Teron Road in the east to approximately 100 m west of Knudson Drive to tie-into the existing on-street bike lanes. The project also includes cycle track and bike lane improvements on Knudson Drive to approximately 80 m north of Campeau Drive.

This construction project will greatly improve pedestrian and cyclist safety primarily by providing a well delineated wider multi-use pathway to replace the existing 1.5 m wide asphalt sidewalk.

This project will also improve local boulevard drainage by providing a positive slope to the boulevard area, eliminating any existing low lying areas prone to local ponding.

The work will involve removal of the existing asphalt pathway, excavation and extension of the existing granular base, placement of the new asphalt pathway surface and restoration of the boulevard drainage. All pre-existing surface features such as driveways, bus pads, grassed boulevards, etc. will be replaced with equal or to a more modern standard, as applicable.

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Project timing

Preliminary and detailed design: Late fall 2016 to spring 2017
Construction start: July 2017
Construction completion: August 2017


Design: $60,000
Construction: $400,000 (estimate)

Public involvement

The City of Ottawa initiated a study for pedestrian and cycling safety enhancements on Campeau Drive between Teron Road and Knudson Drive as conflicts had been identified between pedestrians and cyclists on the sidewalk on the north side of Campeau Drive. A communication and education campaign was conducted with local community members to encourage cyclists to walk their bicycles when travelling along the sidewalk. Following the education campaign, this project was identified in the City of Ottawa's Term of Council Priorities (2015-2018) and is intended to provide a safer facility for pedestrians and cyclists to share on the north side of Campeau Drive between Teron Road and Knudson Drive.

Members of the community had an opportunity to review and comment on the functional design for a multi-use pathway between June 13 and July 8, 2016. The functional design was refined based on comments received from the public and the construction ready drawings have subsequently been produced.

Comments received during the planning stage supported the addition of a cycle track or bike /courtesy lane on the east side of Knudson from Campeau northerly to match the existing courtesy lane and similarly, the addition of the cycle track and merging it with the Campeau MUP on the west side of Knudson Drive. A public meeting was held February 21, 2017 to discuss the preliminary design and, from comments received, the proposed east side boulevard raised cycle track was removed in favour of an on-street bike/courtesy lane and the transition pathway from the Campeau MUP to Knudson Drive northerly was moved closer to Knudson Drive.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

Craig Anderson, P. Eng.
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction – Branch 2
100 Constellation Drive, 6 Floor West
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 20126