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Heron Eastbound Cycle Track from Colbert Crescent Multi-Use Pathway to Jefferson Street

Project Status: 

Construction notice (August 2017)

Beginning in August 2017, you will notice construction work occurring in your neighbourhood. This activity is being conducted to improve transportation safety on this portion of Heron Road.

What: A cycle track will be constructed from Colbert to Jefferson on the south side of the roadway. The existing sidewalk located adjacent to the roadway will remain.

Where: Colbert to Jefferson within the south boulevard of the Heron Road right-of-way.

Why: This construction will help to complete the boulevard infrastructure, offering transportation choice while improving safety for all road users.

Who: Contractors working for the City of Ottawa will be completing this construction.

When: This work will begin in August 2017 and will be completed by November 2017.


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 undersigned.

On-street parking

To allow the work to be completed, on-street parking will be prohibited during the construction period. Signs will be placed 24-hours in advance indicating the temporary parking prohibition. Vehicles parked at these locations may be towed at the owner’s expense. Parking fines may also apply. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be issued by the Construction Site Inspector to authorize on-street parking within two blocks of your residence. This pass does not entitle you to park in “no parking zones” at any time.

Construction disruptions

The contractor will assume full responsibility for the construction work in its entirety. They 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 operation of the work, such as delays and traffic detours when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration. You may feel vibrations at your home or business due to the use of the heavy equipment needed to complete this work. This is quite common and not usually a problem. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties

The construction work is within the City’s right-of-way and will not result in any major disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. Lawns, pathways, gardens and/or driveways may be disturbed. The affected areas will be reinstated as soon as possible after construction is completed.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact the City’s Project Manager below.

City project manager:
Jamie MacDonald, P.Eng.
Design and Construction Branch 1
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 16151

Consultant project manager:
Arminda Bracaj
Morrison Hershfield Limited
2440 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, ON K1H 1E1
Tel: 613-739-2910, ext. 1432289

On-line consultation

On-line consultation: April 6 to 21, 2017

The City of Ottawa is developing a design for a raised one-way cycle track running along the south side of Heron Road from the multi-use pathway (MUP) beside Colbert Crescent to Jefferson Street and the Herongate Square shopping centre.  Heron Road is identified as a spine cycling route in the Ottawa Cycling Plan of 2013.

You have the opportunity to review and comment on:

  • The proposed configuration of an eastbound cycle track.


Heron Road is a four-lane divided urban arterial road with a posted speed of 50 km/h.  There are concrete sidewalks on both sides of the road.  There are currently no cycling facilities on Heron Road within the project limits. Cyclists must either ride on the road mixed with motor traffic or dismount and walk their bikes on the sidewalks.

The Heron-Baseline network spine is being developed into Cross-town Bikeway #7 in stages. In the near term, this proposed cycle track segment will provide a means for residents of the local communities such as Heron Gate and Guildwood Estates to more safely cycle eastbound to the area’s retail destination at Herongate Square.  It will also help those making longer journeys by bicycle through the corridor.  For example, via Jefferson Street and Featherstone Drive, it will be possible for cyclists to access the extensive pathway system in the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor.

Key plan showing the project limits on Heron Road from the Colbert Crescent Multi-Use Pathway to Jefferson Street

Key plan showing the project limits on Heron Road from the Colbert Crescent Multi-Use Pathway to Jefferson Street 

The proposed facilities consist of a raised 1.5-m-wide eastbound cycle track to be constructed in the boulevard between the south curb of Heron Road and the existing concrete sidewalk. A 0.3-m-wide concrete boulevard will provide separation between the raised cycle track and the adjacent travel lane. A grass boulevard will generally be provided between the cycle track and the sidewalk to provide separation between the cyclists and pedestrians.  Where the track crosses signalized intersections, pavement markings will be provided to channel the cyclists beside the crosswalk.

The bus bays at Baycrest Drive and Sandalwood Drive will be filled in to allow for the construction of the cycle track and to improve transit service efficiency. Tactile warning strips will be installed along the edges of the cycle track for the length of the bus stops to serve as a warning for the visually impaired. Pavement markings and signage will be installed requiring cyclists to yield to pedestrians at the bus stops.

The raised portion of the cycle track will terminate approximately 110m west of Jefferson Street with a ramp down to the roadway.

Heron Road Bicycle Facilities East Segment [ PDF 1.153 MB ]

Questions and Answers

Why is the City constructing only an eastbound cycle track?

The westbound cycle tracks will be added in future versions of the Cycling Plan or included if feasible with other road works along the north side of Heron. The eastbound cycle track was selected to be constructed first as there is already available space between the curb and sidewalk, whereas the westbound cycle track will require the relocation of numerous hydro poles. References: Ottawa Cycling Plan 2013   geoOttawa on-line mapping tool  

How will motorists be impacted during construction?

Construction is expected to have a minimal impact on Heron Road traffic. The cycle track is being constructed outside of the travelled lanes. Lane closures will be limited to off-peak hours where curb replacement and bus stop construction are required.

How will motorists be impacted once construction is complete?

The provision of a dedicated facility for eastbound cyclists will eliminate the need for them to share the curb lane with motor vehicles. This is expected to improve the flow of through traffic. Motorists turning right at intersections and private entrances will still need to yield to cyclists as they do today.

Next Steps

The cycle track designs will be finalized in the spring of 2017 after a review of comments received. 

The timing of construction will be determined once detailed design is complete, with a target of the end of 2017.

Tell Us What You Think

The questionnaire is now closed. The City would like to thank everyone who participated in the questionnaire

Paul Clarke, P.Eng.
Project Manager, Cycling Programs
Transportation Planning
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 29882