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Sherwood Drive traffic calming study

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Sherwood Drive traffic calming study

In response to traffic concerns raised by residents regarding Sherwood Drive, the City of Ottawa has initiated a study to address these concerns.

This study will investigate traffic conditions and driver behaviour on Sherwood Drive, reconsider previous traffic calming recommendations that emerged from an older study, and develop new recommendations. Please note that this study will focus on key locations within the means of the Neighbourhood Traffic Calming (NTC) program capacities.

Once study recommendations have been finalized and funding secured, the approved traffic calming plan would proceed to design and construction. The entire process from study initiation to final construction can take approximately 2.5 to 4 years to complete.

Information on traffic calming

Traffic calming is defined as the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behaviour and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. For more information, please refer to the Traffic Calming Design Guidelines.

Initial online survey and As We Heard It Report

To confirm if there was a reasonable level of support to proceed with this study, and to understand your concerns related to traffic along Sherwood Drive, we had developed an online survey that closed on November 16, 2020.

Following this initial online survey, an As We Heard It report was prepared to detail the results of the survey. A link to the report is provided below.

As We Heard It Report [ PDF 485 KB ]

Kenilworth Street Trial Road Closure

The initial online survey indicated concern over the atypical 5-legged intersection of Sherwood Drive / Fairmont Avenue / Kenilworth Street. City staff have reviewed potential options for simplifying this intersection. A possible solution is to permanently close the east end of Kenilworth Street (making this a more standard, 4-legged intersection).

A trial closure of Kenilworth at Sherwood Drive / Fairmont Avenue is being conducted until late fall 2021. This closure will consist of a few concrete planter boxes on Kenilworth Drive where it meets Sherwood Drive/Fairmont Avenue. Cyclist and pedestrian access will be maintained. The trial closure will give residents an opportunity to test out the potential benefits/impacts of a closure before anything permanent is recommended. City staff will also be collecting traffic data before and during the trial closure to assess secondary impacts, such as traffic volumes on nearby streets.

If you have feedback on the trial closure, please reach out to the project team. You will also have an opportunity to provide your feedback through an online survey after the trial is completed.

Next Steps

After reviewing the initial public feedback and publishing the As We Heard It report, we will now gather additional traffic data and other information to develop potential concepts for Sherwood Drive. These potential solutions will aim to address public concerns and improve traffic conditions along Sherwood Drive. Once ready, these concepts will be shared with the public for feedback.

For any inquiries, please contact:

Kim Pearce, P.Eng.
Transportation Planning
City of Ottawa 
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON; K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 25594