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Rideau River Eastern Pathway “Stanley Avenue Missing Link” – Proposed Multi-use Pathway

Project Status: 
Underway

Online consultation

Posted: 
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:58 am
Last updated: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 10:30 am

Dates & Times

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 9:30 am to Thursday, June 11, 2020, 4:30 pm

Overview

The City of Ottawa is proposing to close the pre-existing gap in the Rideau River Eastern Pathway in New Edinburgh with the addition of a new segment of multi-use pathway between the south limit of Stanley Avenue and the north side of the New Edinburgh Park playground. The goal of the project is to create a safer and more comfortable connection for people walking or riding along the Rideau River Eastern Pathway.

The continuity of this pathway is identified in the Council-approved 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan as part of the Ultimate Network Concept (UNC), for which there is no targeted completion date. (The UNC map can be found online on GeoOttawa, under the “Cycling” layer and “Cycling Plan” sub-layer.)

Part of the purpose of the UNC is to encourage co-ordination with neighbouring construction and to facilitate efficiencies when possible. The reinstatement of a portion of New Edinburgh Park/Stanley Park following the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project construction presents an opportunity to do just that.

Existing Conditions

In the absence of the current CSST construction detour, there is a pre-existing gap in the multi-use pathway between the south limit of Stanley Avenue and the north side of the New Edinburgh Park playground. In this segment, the pathway transitions to/from Stanley Avenue (mixed traffic). The multi-use pathway is separated from motor vehicles except for this segment.

Project Description

The City of Ottawa is proposing to close the pre-existing gap in the multi-use pathway between the south limit of Stanley Avenue and the north side of the New Edinburgh Park playground with the addition of a new segment of multi-use pathway.

The proposed new segment of multi-use pathway runs generally parallel to Stanley Avenue, approximately 6 - 10 m south of the road edge. It would be approximately 170 m in length and typically 3.0 m wide.

The proposed design considers land ownership and land use, the existing corridor esthetics, safety and affordability in providing an enhanced user experience. The proposed design is also considerate of potential impacts to trees and greenspace, which have been mitigated as much as possible.

The proposed design does not include modifications to Stanley Avenue or on-street parking, nor additional infrastructure (e.g. storm water infrastructure, lighting, etc.).

The attached drawing shows a plan view of the proposed new segment of multi-use pathway.

Proposed draft design [ 2.17 MB ]

Tell us what you think 

The City of Ottawa is seeking feedback on the proposed design.

If you have any comments on this proposal, please provide them by June 11, 2020, using the online feedback form.

Update

The following As We Heard It report is intended to capture and respond to feedback received during the online engagement period.

As We Heard It [ 2.87 MB ]

  • 68% of respondents indicated support for the proposed design, or for closing the gap with some modifications to the proposed design
  • 11% of respondents were opposed to the proposed design and/or closing the gap
  • 21% of respondents indicated no position, with many advocating for publicly accessible washroom facilities

Feedback was also reviewed to identify and focus responses on several emerging themes: Safety, Environment, Publicly accessible washrooms, Land Use, and Other.

Next Steps

Comments received will be considered when finalizing and implementing the design, if supported.

The construction timeline is intended to coincide with the CSST project reinstatement work but remains subject to necessary approvals.

For more information, please contact:

Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) Project Team
Infrastructure Services
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 22778