The City of Ottawa has begun a traffic calming study for Southmore Drive East between McCarthy Road and Walkley Road in response to traffic concerns raised by residents. The purpose of this study is to recommend permanent roadway modifications intended to improve safety, primarily by reducing vehicular speeds.
This study will focus on key locations and potential recommendations within the means of the Neighbourhood Traffic Calming (NTC) program. Traffic calming is 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.
Date and time
Virtual Public Meeting
Councillor Brockington’s office is hosting a virtual public meeting about this study through Zoom on March 9, 2022 at 7 pm. The meeting will include a presentation with an overview of the study and proposed concept design, as well as an opportunity to ask questions to the project team.
The City is seeking your input on a proposed concept design for this traffic calming study. We encourage you to complete the online survey by March 18, 2022.
By filling out this survey, residents can help us to confirm the primary traffic concerns on Southmore Drive East and provide feedback on a proposed concept design to make this a better roadway for all road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Public feedback is an important component to finalize the City’s recommendations.
After the Online Survey closes, we will share an “As We Heard It” report that summarizes the feedback received. Feedback from the survey and other stakeholders will be reviewed along with traffic data to develop a final functional design plan.
Once study recommendations have been confirmed and funding secured, the approved traffic calming plan will proceed to detailed design and construction. The timeline for NTC studies (from study initiation to final construction) typically takes 2.5 to 4 years.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Below are project-specific questions and responses that were received during a pre-consultation meeting held by the Community Association. General FAQ about traffic calming can be found online.
If you have other questions, please reach out to the City contact below.
Can a continuous sidewalk be added to Southmore Drive East as part of this project?
Adding a continuous sidewalk is outside of the scope and available budget of the Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Program. The City has separate programs which review and prioritize sidewalk requests. The City’s Transportation Master Plan is currently under review and a public consultation phase is underway.
It is the City’s understanding that the Riverside Park Community Association is preparing a letter to the Ward Councillor to further advocate for sidewalks.
Can implementation of this project be accelerated?
We will attempt to accelerate the timeline as much as possible, however there are several factors that contribute to the schedule including stakeholder input, resource availability, design processes, construction seasons, nearby projects, funding, etc.
Are speed cushions effective at reducing speeds?
Degree of effectiveness of traffic calming measures including speed cushions vary depending on many factors such as the context and width of the road, existing speed, etc. Vertical measures (speed cushions/humps/tables) are amongst the most effective measures at reducing speeds and are also cost-effective.
Further information on traffic calming measures.
How is winter maintenance affected by speed cushions?
Road maintenance crews may need to use more salt on the speed cushions and run more passes, however there are no major requirements/challenges reported to date.
Are the speed cushions accessible for all users travelling on the roadway, considering that there are not continuous sidewalks along Southmore Drive East?
The speed cushions will be constructed within the City’s Accessibility and AODA guidelines. The slopes will be no steeper than an accessible ramp.
How are bicycles affected by the speed cushions?
Bicycles can navigate the speed cushions easily - they can go over them or in-between. A speed cushion is designed such that the impacts on vehicles, including bicycles, is low if the speed of the vehicle is equal to or less than 30km/h. Cyclists are encouraged not to ride bicycles at speeds higher than 30km/h.
Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the City of Ottawa Project Manager.
For inquiries, please contact:
Kim Pearce, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa