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Strandherd Drive is being widened to a four-lane cross section from Maravista Drive to Jockvale Road in Barrhaven. This is a major and complex infrastructure project and a significant investment in Barrhaven.
The project is approximately 3.3 kilometres in length. It will provide capacity for existing and future traffic volumes during peak periods and facilitate the movement of cyclists and pedestrians through the corridor as well as provide the underground infrastructure to support growth.
This project includes:
- improvements and extensions to watermain and sewers
- the construction of two temporary road detours
- widening Strandherd Drive to four lanes
- cycle tracks in both directions
- a grade separation over the existing VIA Rail line (vehicular bridge over the tracks)
To support new development south of Strandherd Drive, the project also includes the expansion and retrofit of the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility to improve water quality. A multi-use pathway will also be constructed throughout the stormwater pond limits and will include a new pedestrian bridge.
To accommodate the proposed construction, various road closures, lane reductions and detours will be required. Motorists can expect delays through the construction zone. Access to local businesses and private properties will be maintained throughout the construction period. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained at all times.
Over the next few weeks, the following traffic impacts will occur:
- Chapman Mills Drive will continue to be closed temporarily between Strandherd Drive and Waterlilly Way for a few more weeks for the installation of new sewers across the intersection.
- Partial reduction of the eastbound left-turn lane onto Tartan Drive as well as of the eastbound right-turn lane onto Borrisokane Road will be required the week of September 21.
- Lane reductions in both directions will be required for the night-time resurfacing of Strandherd Drive between Greenbank Road and Jockvale Road. One lane in each direction will be maintained. This work is weather dependent and expected to start on September 21.
- The traffic will be realigned to the north side of Strandherd Drive between Maravista Drive and the railway track to accommodate the sewer installation on the south side of Strandherd Drive.
- McKenna Casey Drive will be permanently closed beginning this fall from Strandherd Drive to southwest of the railway crossing. The closure is tentatively set for October 12.
- As a result of the McKenna Casey Drive, access to the Gregory Casey Stormwater Management Facility from McKenna Casey Drive will be closed during construction. Once construction is complete, in the fall of 2023, the Gregory Casey Stormwater Management Facility will be accessible from Borrisokane Road.
Below is a drawing of the traffic management plan which includes anticipated road closures over the duration of the project. Dates are subjected to change and will be updated as required. Specific dates for road closures will be shared in advance of work commencing. Detour signage will be placed onsite. For up to date traffic information, sign up for the Strandherd Drive Widening e-newsletter
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Anticipated Project timing
Construction start: summer 2020
Construction completion: fall 2023
The estimated total projected budget for the Strandherd Drive widening is approximately $113 million, including additional funding authority as part of the upcoming 2021 capital budget.
The total project budget for the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility Retrofit is $15.8 million.
Public Involvement and Engagement
The City of Ottawa has a proactive communication approach to dealing with construction projects and potential impacts to the public. As part of the City’s construction project process, various opportunities to share information will be used, including updates on Ottawa.ca, Public Service Announcements and Social Media.
For general project information, please email the project team or contact the City’s Project Manager.
Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 21805