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Interim safety improvements being made to Laurier Avenue

August 22, 2019
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Work will begin this week on Laurier Avenue West between the Laurier Avenue Bridge and Elgin Street to provide interim safety improvements for westbound cyclists.

Improvements include:

  • a new stop sign where the Queen Elizabeth Drive (QED) ramp meets Laurier Avenue West
  • a new bike lane on the QED ramp
  • new flex stakes along the Laurier Avenue westbound bike lane
  • the installation of pin curbs to prevent vehicles coming off of QED from going directly to the Elgin Street right turn lane. These vehicles will first need to merge onto Laurier.
  • the installation of a bike signal installed at the crosswalk at City Hall (westbound direction)
  • adding green thermoplastic pavement markings to identify conflict areas

These changes will result in new traffic patterns in the westbound direction and will reduce the length of the conflict area where vehicle weave manoeuvres occur across the westbound bike lane until a permanent solution is installed. The interim changes will require both motorists and cyclists to work together and to be aware of the new traffic control measures that will be in place.

Road users should expect delays through the corridor and the work is anticipated to be completed by the end of August.

Funding for the detailed design and engineering of a permanent solution will be brought forward as part of the 2020 Draft Budget.

Quotes

“I am pleased that we could take measures quickly to address the concerns along Laurier Avenue. These interim steps will be in place until final recommendations are made and we can install a permanent solution. I urge all our road users to drive safely and share the road with each other.”

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson

“By modifying the area on Laurier between the bridge and Elgin Street and revising the lane configurations, we are reducing the length of the conflict area along the bike lane. These measures will help reduce speeds along the corridor and provide additional protection for cyclists.”

Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair, Transportation Committee

“Bike Ottawa is happy to see that the City of Ottawa is taking some interim steps to improve the cycling experience and safety along Laurier Avenue. We look forward to continuing to work with the City on the longer-term goal of a full redesign of this section of Laurier Avenue and the implementation of a protected intersection at Laurier and Elgin.”

Heather Shearer, President of Bike Ottawa

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