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Connaught Avenue Pedestrian Facility

Project Status: 
Underway

Pedestrian Facility Implementation

The City of Ottawa is proposing a new pedestrian facility on Connaught Avenue, between Carling Avenue and Roman Avenue, as part of the Pedestrian Facilities Program. A new pedestrian facility will provide greater walkability in this residential area. Two options have been designed and are presented for your feedback; a link is provided further below to a short survey.

The two options differ in their overall connectivity along the street and connectivity to the Pinecrest Creek Pathway network, however both options will link to the future multi-use pathway proposed (through Stage 2 LRT project) at Severn Avenue. As well, the two options differ in their potential risk to mature street trees and impact to on-street parking.

Option 1: a sidewalk along the full length of Connaught Avenue

Details include:

  • a 2.0 m wide new concrete sidewalk along the east side of Connaught Avenue from south of Carling Avenue to Severn Avenue (approximately 740 m long) and
  • a 2.0 m wide new concrete sidewalk along the west side of Connaught Avenue from Severn Avenue to Roman Avenue (approximately 220 m long).
  • To protect the mature trees along the east side of Connaught Avenue between Elmhurst Street and Severn Avenue, the proposed sidewalk will be reduced to 1.5 m wide in front of each mature tree (8 locations).

Option 2: a sidewalk only at the north and south ends of Connaught Avenue

Details include:

  • a 2.0 m wide new concrete sidewalk along the east side of Connaught Avenue from south of Carling Avenue to Elmhurst Street (approximately 315 m long) and
  • a 2.0 m wide new concrete sidewalk along the west side of Connaught Avenue from Severn Avenue to Roman Avenue (approximately 220 m long).
  • No sidewalk between Elmhurst Street and Severn Avenue (approximately 418 m long). This will avoid any potential risk to mature street trees and impact to on-street parking.

Figures 1 and 2 below identify the two options and limits of the study area.

Figure 1: Option 1 - Connaught Avenue Pedestrian Facility

Option 1 - Connaught Avenue Pedestrian Facility

Figure 2: Option 2 - Connaught Avenue Pedestrian Facility

Figure 2: Option 2 - Connaught Avenue Pedestrian Facility

Project Planning

This project is listed within the Council-approved 2013 Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. Under current City policy for sidewalks, as a local road that leads directly to a public park (Elmhurst Park and Connaught Park) and transit (future Queensview LRT Station), Connaught Avenue should have a pedestrian facility. The provision of a sidewalk along Connaught Avenue aligns with the City’s transportation goals and objectives to maximize walkability and create safe pedestrian environments.

Overall, the provision of a pedestrian facility on Connaught Avenue will better 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 land use along the east side of Connaught Avenue includes mainly single-family residential and open areas where multi-use pathways lead to parks and the Pinecrest Creek Pathway. The land use along the west side of Connaught Avenue between Severn Avenue and Roman Avenue consists of the OC Transpo Pinecrest Depot.

The proposed sidewalk will be installed within the City’s right-of-way. Landscaping, driveways and other features within the right-of-way may be impacted during construction.

Additional Pedestrian Measures

In both options, additional pedestrian measures are proposed at intersections along Connaught Avenue to create a more comfortable pedestrian environment.

At the Connaught Avenue / Sackville Street intersection, a raised pedestrian crossover (PXO) is proposed on the north leg of the intersection. This new designated pedestrian crossing will connect to the existing multi-use pathway on the east side of Connaught Avenue which leads to the pedestrian bridge over the future Confederation Line West rail line and on toward Woodroffe High School.

At the Connaught Avenue / Henley Street intersection, the existing crosswalk on the north leg of the intersection is proposed to be raised. This crossing will connect the future sidewalk on the north side of Henley Street, west of Connaught Avenue, to the existing multi-use pathway on the east side of Connaught Avenue.

At the Connaught Avenue / Severn Avenue intersection, a new at-grade pedestrian crossover (PXO) is proposed on the south leg of the intersection. An at-grade facility is proposed due to existing transit service along this segment of Connaught Avenue. This new pedestrian crossing will connect the existing sidewalk on the south side of Severn Avenue to a future multi-use pathway on the east side of Connaught Avenue to be built through the Stage 2 LRT project.

Other New Sidewalks in the Vicinity of Connaught Avenue:

Queensway Terrace Storm Sewer Rehabilitation / Henley Street Sidewalk

The City of Ottawa will be commencing construction on the storm sewer rehabilitation project within the Queensway Terrace North community to improve the overall performance of the storm sewer system. Associated with this storm sewer project is a new sidewalk that will be built along the north side of Henley Street, from Alpine Avenue to Connaught Avenue (Figure 3). Construction timing of the sidewalk will occur during the later stages of the storm sewer construction work.

Figure 3: Henley Street Sidewalk Study Area

Figure 3: Henley Street Sidewalk Study Area

More information on the storm sewer rehabilitation project can be found on the City of Ottawa website.

Additional information and a short survey regarding the Connaught Avenue pedestrian facility project can be found by clicking on the following links:

Display boards [ PDF 10.575 MB ]

Comments can be provided by completing the survey or by email to genya.stefanoff@ottawa.ca by March 18, 2021.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require alternative means to provide feedback please email the City Project Manager as noted below.

For more information, please contact:

Genya Stefanoff, MCIP, RPP
Project Manager, Cycling & Walking Programs
City of Ottawa, Transportation Planning
613-580-2424, ext21614
email: genya.stefanoff@ottawa.ca