Dovercourt Avenue sidewalk and bike lanes implementation

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Project status
Underway

Project overview

Project description

This project includes a new sidewalk on the south side of Dovercourt Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Churchill Avenue and new bike lanes on both sides of Dovercourt Avenue from Sherbourne Road to Churchill Avenue. The detailed design of this project is completed the project has moved up to the construction phase.

Project timing

Design completion: summer 2022
Construction start: fall 2022
Construction completion: fall 2022

Project budget

Approved project funds to date are $1,200,000.00.

Neighbourhood bikeway

Dovercourt Avenue is part of a neighbourhood bikeway route within the Ottawa Cycling Plan which will eventually extend from the existing pathway along Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway in the west to Island Park Drive in the east. This Dovercourt Avenue Neighbourhood Bikeway project connects the Churchill Cycle Track to the Sherbourne Bike Lanes as part of the overall cycling network. Bike lanes would support active transportation to area schools and recreation facilities, and also provide an alternative safer cycling route than Carling Avenue for longer trips.

Sidewalk and on-street bike lanes – Broadview Avenue to Churchill Avenue

Map showing the project limits between Broadview Avenue and Churchill Avenue.

To add on-street bike lanes, Dovercourt Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Churchill Avenue will have:

  • 1.5 m wide bike lane in each direction
  • Two 3.5 m vehicle lanes
  • A new 2.0 m sidewalk on the south side

Impacts

  • The existing road width between curbs is approximately 10.8 m. Keeping the curb on the north side where it is today, the new south side sidewalk would be located about 0.8 m in front of the existing curb with the back of the new sidewalk 1.2 m behind the existing curb. This would narrow the road to 10.0 m between curbs.
  • On-street parking will need to shift to side streets.
  • “No Stopping” signs will be erected every 50 m along Dovercourt Avenue in support of the bike lanes.
  • To reduce impacts to mature trees and utility poles, the sidewalk could be locally narrowed to 1.8 m along certain segments.
  • Trees will be protected during construction. This includes pruning by qualified personnel prior to construction and the use of hydrovac excavation were recommended by City Forestry to protect root systems.

On-street bike lanes – Sherbourne Road to Broadview Avenue

Map showing the project limits between Sherbourne Road and Broadview Avenue

Bike lanes on Dovercourt Avenue to link with newly-added bike lanes along Sherbourne Road. The bike lanes would not require new construction, they will be designated with pavement markings and signs.

To add on-street bike lanes, Dovercourt Avenue Sherbourne Road to Broadview Avenue will have:

  • 1.5 m wide reserved bike lane in each direction. Except on the north side between Broadview Avenue and Denbury Avenue, in front of Broadview Public School, where a reserved bike lane is not possible as school transportation vehicles will be permitted to stop along that stretch of road in the morning and afternoon. An informal painted bike lane will be provided in which designated school vehicles and OC Transpo buses may pull into.
  • 0.4 m painted buffers between bike lanes and vehicle lanes to enhance cyclists’ safety and comfort
  • Two 3.5 m vehicle lanes

Impacts

  • The existing road width between curbs is approximately 10.8 m.
  • On-street parking will need to shift to side streets.
  • “No Stopping” signs will be erected every 50 m along Dovercourt Avenue in support of the bike lanes.

Revised Road Plans [ 15.71 MB ]

Public engagement

In 2018, the City of Ottawa proposed the new 700 m long section of sidewalk on Dovercourt Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Churchill Avenue as part of its Ottawa Pedestrian Facilities Program.

Following the July 2018 Open House for this project, the City of Ottawa expanded the planning process to examine the addition of cycling facilities on Dovercourt Avenue within the project limits from Broadview Avenue to Churchill Avenue.

In April 2021, an online public information session was held to present the functional design drawings to the public. At that time, residents were able to view the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works.

Accessibility

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 project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

COVID-19

The City of Ottawa, in its commitment to protecting people and the community, 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.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.  
For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager. 
For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative.

City Project Manager
Ziad Wehbe
Project Manager, Infrastructure Services
Design and Construction – Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-581-0395

Contract Administrator
Laurisse Huijer
Project Manager
AECOM Canada Ltd.
302 - 1150 Morrison Drive, Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9
Tel.: 613-324-2085

Contractor Representative
Lee Moulden
Project Manager
Mopri Construction Inc.
Tel.: 613-408-6154

Construction notice (August 2022)

This notice is to advise that construction in your neighbourhood will be starting September 2022. This work is being conducted to complete the construction of a sidewalk on the south side of Dovercourt Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Churchill Avenue and new bike lanes on both sides of Dovercourt Avenue from Sherbourne Road to Churchill Avenue.

What: The work involves the construction of a sidewalk along the south side of Dovercourt Avenue between Broadview Avenue and Churchill Avenue and the addition of new bike lanes on both sides of Dovercourt Avenue between Sherbourne Road and Churchill Avenue.

Why: A sidewalk on both sides of the Dovercourt Avenue aligns with the City’s transportation goals and objectives to maximize walkability. Dovercourt Avenue is a local neighbourhood bikeway within the Ottawa Cycling Plan. Bike lanes will support active transportation to schools and recreation facilities and provide a route for commuter cyclists.

When: The work will start in September 2022, with completion anticipated for November 2022.

Where: Dovercourt Avenue from Sherbourne Road to Churchill Avenue.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Mopri Construction Inc., to complete the work.

Traffic impacts

To accommodate the construction work, various lane reductions alternating traffic and/or detours will be required. Access to local businesses and private properties will be maintained throughout the construction period. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained. 

On-street parking

As the various road reconstruction activities are in progress on your street, on-street parking will be restricted. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a Temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be distributed to permit on-street parking within two blocks of your residence. Garbage pick-up will also be accommodated.

Impact on the right of way and adjacent private properties

The construction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate all sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right of way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you may want to move them in preparation for the construction work.

Property damage caused by construction activities

As part of this Contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete, as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the Contractor and to the City’s on-site Representative. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations. 

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the construction work, such as delays and traffic detours, parking restrictions, noise and dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).