Bridge Street Cycling Lanes, Construction, and more

A few weeks ago, the Village Voice column in this paper asked for your opinion on Bridge Street cycling lanes.  The main question was whether or not you would support the removal of the turning lanes at Dickinson Street to facilitate a continuous 1.5m cycling lane along the entire length of Bridge Street.  As it stands now, the cycling lanes along Bridge Street are sporadic and unmarked.  As mentioned in a previous column, the City intends to resurface Bridge Street this summer.  Following this work, the City is considering better identifying the cycling lanes and transition areas with improved signage and pavement markings.  The City is not considering the removal of any turning lanes.

I would like to take a moment and thank the Manotick Village & Community Association for soliciting feedback on their proposal.  The genesis of their line of thinking comes from the reality that the bridges are too narrow for today’s standards. Outside the box thinking is needed and it is important to generate conversation on such ideas, regardless of the outcome.  For the record, the feedback we did receive was somewhat minimal.  Nevertheless, of those results, the clear majority were in favour of the status quo.  The MVCA relayed this information to me, although many respondents contacted me directly on the proposal as well.

During the Secondary Plan review, I did highlight that the future of Bridge Street will include improved pedestrian and cycling facilities.  Unfortunately, the opportunity to accomplish this will not come until the bridges are reconstructed.  They were most recently completed in 1999.  Therefore, while we have planned for a better Bridge Street in the future, a more village friendly, all inclusive Bridge Street, we are taking the opportunity to improve what we can at this time.

Construction Updates

A Commence Work Order has been issued to Tomlinson for the pavement preservation project on Flewellyn Road, between Conley Road and Huntley Road.  While not a complete resurfacing, it will repair the road sufficiently from the damage incurred during the Enbridge pipeline project from a couple of year ago.  Recently, a Commence Work Order was also issued to Cavanagh Construction for various resurfacing projects including Ottawa Street (Fortune to Joy’s), Royal York Street (Fortune to Fowler) and Moodie Drive (Brophy to Fallowfield).  Please note that the Moodie Drive project will primarily occur during overnight hours.

The Rideau Valley Drive South project is about to recommence.  The contractor, Cornwall Gravel Company, has already begun prepping the site for work and will resume in earnest shortly.  As a result, Rideau Valley Drive, between Roger Stevens Drive and Dilworth Road, will be closed for two days; Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th.  I have instructed staff to keep any closures to a bare minimum.  Sometimes, they are unavoidable due to the size of the underground infrastructure being replaced as part of the storm water system renewal.

In North Gower, the play structure replacement at Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre is expected to begin this week.  It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the end of June.  Keeping with the theme of construction projects in North Gower, a Commence Work Order has been issued to Tomlinson for the pavement preservation on Third Line Road, between Lockhead and Roger Stevens, as well as for the rural road upgrade on Mackey Road, between Viola Street and McCordick Road.

Rideau Township Historical Society Presentation

The Rideau Township Historical Society invites you to attend a presentation by Maureen McTeer at the Kars Recreation Association Hall on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30pm.  Ms. McTeer is an Ottawa lawyer, author, and lecturer.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa in 1973, and her law degree from the same University in 1976.  She later received a Master of Law from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Arts in Biotechnology, Law and Ethics from the University of Sheffield.  She is the recipient of three honourary degrees (Sheffield, Carleton, Athabasca).

Ms. McTeer is the recipient of the “Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case”, and the “ DIVA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Health and Well Being” in recognition of her commitment to issues of equality.  She was for a time a member of The Royal Commission on Reproductive and Genetic Technologies 1989-93.

Having resided at 24 Sussex Drive and Stornoway, she has written the only definitive historical account of three of Canada’s official residences, namely 24 Sussex Drive, Stornoway, and Harrington Lake.  In her May 18th presentation she will offer her insights into the history of 24 Sussex and her thoughts on its future.

Dickinson House News

Dickinson House is gearing up for another interesting season, opening on May 21st.  To celebrate the Queen’s Birthday, her Majesty will be present to welcome you.  There will be a special Tea in honour of Queen Victoria at 2:00pm in the House.  The Tea is fully subscribed, but we are establishing a waiting list for tables on the verandah, weather permitting. If interested, you may call the Carriage Shed at 613-692-6455.

Firefighter Recruitment

The City of Ottawa firefighter recruitment campaign is underway. There are many rewards to being a firefighter and the work is exciting and challenging. Firefighters protect and save the lives of residents, neighbours, family and friends in your community. If interested, visit for more information. The application period is May 2nd to 31st.

Win a Free Week of Summer Camp

Register for a City of Ottawa summer day camp by June 1st and you could be one of 25 lucky campers to win your week’s cost back, up to a value of $250. All registrations received by this date will automatically be entered into a draw. The more camps you sign up for, the more chances to win.

This year, our Camp Ottawa and Fun’n Friends camps are being offered across the city. Throughout the summer, in a facility near you, find active, imaginative and challenging programs that will entertain and educate campers. Program options include swimming, out-trips and special guests.

Try new things, meet new friends and have a fun summer in a caring environment with great leaders as role models. For a complete list of camps available and contest details, visit camps.

OPL 50+ Short Story Contest

The Ottawa Public Library is hosting an annual Short Story Contest for older adults. Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card, are eligible to enter. They are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original and unpublished works, and under 2000 words. Submissions will be accepted from May 3rd to May 31st, 2016.

Participants can win a cash prize which will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on September 14, 2016, during which these authors will each read from their winning stories.

OPL will also be offering the following workshops:

  • May 3: Michèle Vinet will offer a workshop in English by telephone. To register, call The Good Companions Seniors' Centre Without Walls at 613-236-0428 ext. 2323.
  • May 7: Short Story Writing Workshop with Peter Scotchmer at the Carlingwood branch
  • May 11: Atelier de création littéraire avec Michèle Vinet at the Rideau branch    

For contest details, visit


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