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Ogilvie Road multi-use pathway

Project Status: 

Construction notice (October 2018)

Beginning in October, the City of Ottawa will begin construction of a new multi-use pathway in your neighbourhood. The project includes the removal of the existing concrete sidewalk on the south side of Ogilvie Road from Blair Road to Montreal Road, and replacement with a new asphalt multi-use pathway. The intersections of Ogilvie Road/Blair Place and Ogilvie Road/Earl Armstrong Arena will be modified to accommodate bicycle cross-rides with dedicated signals.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Brenning Construction Ltd., to perform the construction.

Why: This work is being carried out as part of the City’s strategic initiative for community connectivity to strengthen and support cycling in the city. Relocation of the existing shared lane to the new multi-use pathway will improve driver and cyclist safety through the corridor.

What: The existing concrete sidewalk on the southeast side of Ogilvie Road will be replaced with a new asphalt multi-use pathway from Blair Road to Ogilvie Road. The facility will connect to the existing cycling facilities on Montreal Road east of Ogilvie Road and to the existing on-street bike lanes on Ogilvie Road west of Blair Road. Intersection modifications including cross-rides will be constructed at the signalized intersections for Blair Place and the Earl Armstrong Arena. At the Appleford and Elmridge intersections, modifications will be limited to the southeast leg of the intersection and will not include any modifications to the signals. At the intersections of Blair Road and Montreal Road, modifications will be limited to the right turn channel islands on the southeast corners with no modifications to the signals.

When: Construction will start in October 2018 and will be completed by late July 2019.

Where: The pathway is to be constructed on the southeast side of Ogilvie Road from Blair Road to Montreal Road.

The affected roads will have information and construction signs installed and maintained throughout the construction site for the duration of the construction to keep you informed of the changing conditions. Localized lane closure will required at various locations along Ogilvie Road.

Significant effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.


Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. Provisions to accommodate pedestrian and cyclists during construction are an integral part of the project. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.


Some localized lane closures may be required during construction.

Construction disruptions

Brenning Construction Ltd. will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the normal 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. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

For further information about this project, please contact the contract administrator below.

City’s project manager:
James Porter, P.Eng.
Infrastructure Services
Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 30339

Contract administrator:
Gerald Doucette, P.Eng.
110-240 Catherine Street
Ottawa, ON  K2P 2G8
Tel: 613-860-2462, ext. 6614

Functional design study

June 22 to July 21, 2017

The City of Ottawa has initiated a functional design study to provide a cycling connection along Ogilvie Road between Blair Road and Montreal Road Key Map  [PDF 478 KB].  This project was identified in the City of Ottawa’s Term of Council Priorities (2015-2018) and is intended to provide a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists to share on the south-east side of Ogilvie Road.  

Review and comment on the functional design for a multi-use pathway

Multi-use pathway design

A 3m wide multi-use pathway is proposed to replace the existing concrete sidewalk between Blair Road and Montreal Road.  The pathway has been aligned to minimize impact on adjacent properties, vegetation and infrastructure.   

A segment of the pathway between Blair Place and Elmlea Gate is already under construction as part of the development of 2012 Ogilvie Road. 

Ogilvie Road multi-use pathway [ PDF 13.259 MB ]

Notations on the design drawing provide additional detail in accordance with the following legend:

  • A – Existing bus stop maintained
  • B – New crossride
  • C – Cyclists must dismount and walk through the intersection.  Crosswalk raised to slow turning vehicles and P-Gates installed to slow westbound cyclists.
  • D – Intersection modifications including new crossride by others
  • E – Existing intersection maintained
  • F – Pavement markings and signage to remind drivers to yield to cyclists and pedestrians.
  • G – Channel realigned to slow turning vehicles and improve drivers’ sightlines to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • H – Curb relocated and on-street bike pocket removed
  •  I – New 3m wide multi-use pathway replacing existing sidewalk
  •  J – New multi-use pathway by others

Next steps

The functional design will be refined based on comments received from the public.  The detailed design will be carried out in 2017 and 2018. Construction timing will be determined after detailed design.

James Porter, P.Eng.
Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Municipal Branch
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 30339