The City of Ottawa is proposing to construct a new 2.0 metre wide concrete sidewalk on: the east side of Parkway Drive from Iris Street to Drury Lane; the north side of Drury Lane / east side of Fellows Road from Parkway Drive to Westbury Road; the north side of Westbury Road from Highgate Road to the end of the cul-de-sac. The total length of new sidewalk will be approximately 730 metre.
The proposed sidewalk will connect to the existing sidewalks on the south side of Iris Street at Parkway Drive, on the east side of Fellows Road in front of Terre-des-Jeunes Catholic Elementary School and on the west side of Highgate Road at Westbury Road.
Construction of a connection to the Pinecrest Creek Pathway through School Board and NCC lands is under discussion. This connection would involve a new 3.0 metre pathway from the end of the cul-de-sac east of Fellows Road to the Pinecrest Creek Pathway.
This project is identified as a Phase 3 project in the 2013 Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and will complete a missing link in the pedestrian network providing improved connectivity to schools, transit and the multi-use pathway network.
As local roads that lead directly to a school, these portions of Parkway, Drury, Fellows and Westbury should have a pedestrian facility, according to current City policy. The provision of a sidewalk aligns with the City’s transportation goals and objectives to maximize walkability and create safe pedestrian environments.
The sidewalk will provide greater walkability in this residential area facilitating access to Terre-des-Jeunes Catholic Elementary School, the Iris Transitway/LRT Station and the pedestrian pathways within the neighbourhood including the Pinecrest Creek Pathway. The sidewalk will support pedestrians, including more vulnerable users such as children, seniors, wheelchair users and persons with vision impairment. Tactile walking surface indicators will be installed at pedestrian crossings along the new sidewalk.
The proposed sidewalk will generally be installed within the City’s right-of-way. Westbury Road will be narrowed to 7.5 metre from Highgate Road to Fellows Road to reduce the impacts to trees and on properties while still maintaining on-street parking on one side of the street. The roadway will also be narrowed in segments where feasible along Parkway Drive and Drury Lane / Fellows Road to reduce impacts on trees. Landscaping and other features within the right-of-way may be impacted during construction. Please see the drawing below for the extent of the study area.
Additional information regarding this project:
Display boards [ PDF 11.346 MB ]
Comments from the public about the proposed pedestrian improvements have been received via phone, email and the online survey which closed on June 30, 2022. A summary of the public feedback is available online:
As we heard it report [ PDF 392 KB ]
We would like to thank all residents who have shared their thoughts and concerns about the project.
The project is now slated to proceed to engineering design over the winter with construction anticipated in spring/summer 2023.
For more information, please contact:
Robin Bennett, M.C.I.P. R.P.P.
Project Manager, Cycling Program
City of Ottawa, Transportation Planning
Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development Department
613-580-2424, extension 21795