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Shefford Road multi-use pathway

Project Status: 

Construction notice (September 2017)

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

What: A multi-use pathway will be constructed from north of Montreal Road to the NCC lands on the east side of the roadway.

Where: North of Montreal Road to the NCC lands within the east boulevard, of the Shefford Road right-of-way.

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

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

When: This work will begin in September 2017 and will be completed in November 2017, subject to there being, no unforeseen circumstances.


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.

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

Project overview (February 2016)

Montreal Road to Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway

The City of Ottawa has initiated a functional planning study to provide a pedestrian and cycling facility along Shefford Road, between Montreal Road and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier parkway. This facility is identified within the Council-approved 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan.

The purpose of the project is to provide a north-south cycling and pedestrian facility for the local Beacon Hill community and for other residents travelling within this corridor. Presently there are no sidewalks along Shefford Road between Loyola Avenue and the northern extent of Shefford Road, a distance of approximately 1.2km. The approximately 1.6km multi-use pathway would serve community destinations such as Shefford Sports Park, the Richcraft Sensplex (Ottawa East) facility and provide a connection towards the NCC's multi-use pathway system accessed along the Ottawa River.

The functional planning study will review and evaluate alternative design options for the pathway. A recommended functional design concept will be identified based on technical feasibility, affordability and community input. The budget for this project is $690,000.

Project timing

The project is currently in the functional planning study phase which should be completed by summer 2016. Detailed design will follow, with construction currently anticipated for 2017/2018.

Project drawing

The plan view of the proposed Shefford Road multi-use pathway facility between Montreal Road and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway can be seen in the provided drawings.

The drawings show a proposed multi-use pathway on the east side of Shefford Road. At the northern project limit, the proposed pathway connects with an existing trail from the informal parking lot to the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (130m) and the Ottawa River Pathway beyond (250m). At the southern project limit, the proposed pathway would connect to an existing 3m-wide asphalt facility along the Shefford Road frontage of 2201 Montreal Road that was constructed in 2014.

Shefford Road currently has a drainage ditch on the east side of the road for much of its length. Towards the northern project limit, two alternative cross-sections are being considered where city-owned property might allow. These are (i) a 'rural cross-section' where the multi-use pathway is located on the far-side of the drainage ditch, and (ii) a 'semi-urban cross-section' where the pathway is located on the near-side of the drainage ditch and separated from the roadway by a boulevard and curb. Towards the southern project limit, property constraints restrict the facility to an 'urban cross-section', where a curb and small boulevard will separate the multi-use pathway from the adjacent road.

The multi-use pathway will be design in accordance with the City of Ottawa's accessible design standards.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway to Émard Crescent [ PDF 4.179 MB ]
Montréal Road to Émard Crescent [ PDF 6.957 MB ]

For more information or to provide feedback about the project, please contact the City's project manager:

Sam Roberts
City of Ottawa
Transportation Planner – Cycling
Planning & Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave. West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27910
Fax: 613-580-2578