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 were presented for feedback via an online survey in early 2021. The survey results indicated the greatest level of public support for Option 1. Option 1 is also recommended by City staff as it provides improved pedestrian connectivity. Therefore, City staff will proceed with finalizing Option 1.
Option 1: a sidewalk along the full length of Connaught Avenue
The presented designs included several other measures in addition to the Connaught sidewalk. Below is a summary of these additional measures.
Based on the results of the public consultation, some modifications/additions will be made to the functional design. Measures in bold identify changes made based on public feedback.
- Pedestrian Crossings
- A new raised pedestrian crossover (PXO) across Connaught Avenue at Sackville Street
- A new raised PXO across Connaught Avenue at Elmhurst Street
- Raising the existing crosswalk on the north leg of the Connaught Avenue/Henley Street intersection.
- A new raised PXO across Connaught Avenue at Severn Avenue
- A new sidewalk on the north side of Severn Avenue to the school (funding to be confirmed)
- Bollards will not be provided at the multi-use pathway entrances
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.
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. Associated with this storm sewer project is a proposed new sidewalk that will be built along the north side of Henley Street, from Alpine Avenue to Connaught Avenue.
More information on this project can be found on the City of Ottawa website.
Online Survey Results
An online survey was conducted from February to March 2021 to gain feedback from the public on the two proposed concept designs. This feedback has been summarized in an As We Heard It report, provided below:
The final functional design will be posted online once completed and the project will proceed to the detailed design and construction phase.
For more information, please contact:
Kim Pearce, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa, Transportation Planning
613-580-2424, ext 25594
Geotechnical Borehole work on road (May 2023)
The week of May 29, 2023 the City of Ottawa will undertake a geotechnical investigation in your neighbourhood. This investigation is required to support the design of new sidewalks to be introduced on Connaught Avenue and Severn Avenue to further improve walkability in the area.
Who: The City of Ottawa has retained Thurber Consulting Engineers to complete the work.
Why: The work is to support the design of new sidewalks to be introduced on Connaught Avenue and Severn Avenue.
What: Work will involve borehole drilling equipment, operators and technicians for soil and groundwater sampling.
When: This work will take place the week of May 29, 2023, during regular business hours.
Where: The work will take place at various locations along Connaught Avenue and Severn Avenue from Carling Avenue to Severn Avenue and Severn Avenue to 115 m west. The limits of work will vary daily.
We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause.
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 a disability-related accommodation, please contact the undersigned. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.
Lane reductions are anticipated by this work.
Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties
It is not anticipated that the right of way will be impacted by this project.
You may notice noise during drilling. The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am and 10 pm, while Sundays, statutory and public holidays work is permitted between 9 am and 10 pm. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.
The City of Ottawa is committed to safety in and around project sites. The project team continues to work closely with the industry and to comply with recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:
City’s Project Manager:
April Mills C.E.T.
Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction Facilities Branch
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 15598