Greenbank Road realignment

As many of you are already aware, the City of Ottawa is carrying out a study to develop a recommended plan for the southerly extension of Realigned Greenbank Road and the Southwest Transitway from their planned terminus at Cambrian Road. The study is evaluating the preferred route for this corridor linking Cambrian Road to existing Greenbank Road in the vicinity of Barnsdale Road. It is also evaluating potential intersection improvements at Prince of Wales Drive, existing Greenbank Road and Bankfield Road.

The intent of the project is to accommodate projected transportation demand (all modes) arising from the developing community of Barrhaven South, travel demand between Barrhaven South and the Village of Manotick, and demand for additional Park and Ride facilities in the South Urban Centre.

You are invited to attend the third and final Public Open House for the project, scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2014 5:00pm to 8:00pm (Presentation at 6:00 p.m.) at Stonebridge Golf & Country Club in Barrhaven.

If you are not available to attend the meeting or would like additional information, please visit the project webpage at www.ottawa.ca/greenbankroad or direct your comments to the contact person listed below.  The presentation material will be available on the project webpage after March 4, 2014.   

You’ll notice that the five-legged roundabout option is not moving forward as it was determined to be the worst option in terms of traffic flow in 2031.  Oddly enough, the option that proved to be the best for traffic movement was the extension of First Line Road coupled with roundabouts at Prince of Wales/Bankfield & First Line Road/Bankfield.  This, however, is not moving forward and was replaced by an option to connect First Line Road to Prince of Wales, south of Bankfield Road.  I’m interested to hear your feedback on these recommendations.  It is important to note that funding is not attached to these recommendations and construction of these projects is not imminent.

New Park and Ride Opens in Barrhaven

On Monday, February 24, a new Park and Ride lot will open in Barrhaven at Nepean Woods Transit Station, near the corner of Woodroffe Avenue and Strandherd Drive. The lot will offer free parking for more than 300 vehicles, which will help meet the demand by transit riders. This new Park and Ride features, 342 free parking spaces, frequent bus service seven days a week, new passenger shelters, bike shelters, cycling path connections and accessible parking.

Bus service at Nepean Woods Station is provided by Route 94, which operates seven days a week and every 15 minutes in most time periods on weekdays, with service to downtown via the Transitway. Additional service is provided by Route 176, seven days a week, which operates along Merivale Road to Tunney’s Pasture.

Nepean Woods will supplement the 2,000 parking spaces already available at Fallowfield and Strandherd Park and Ride lots. In future, Nepean Woods can be expanded to 765 spaces to keep pace with the community’s growing needs.

Automated schedule information for Nepean Woods Station is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus 3048. For travel planning assistance, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.

Bake Sale in support of the Driscoll Family

You are invited to attend a community bake sale on February 27th from 9:30am to 1:30pm and again from 4:00pm until 6:00pm in the small gym at Kars on the Rideau Public School.  The proceeds of this bake sale will go toward helping the Driscoll family, whose home was lost on February 11th, 2014 due to a devastating fire.  Your support with help this family of 8 get back on their feet.  An account is also set up at the North Gower RBC to accept further contributions.

City of Ottawa March Break Camps

School will be out for a week of fun March 10 to 14 during March Break and the City is offering more than 100 action-packed camps in sports, arts, water fun and more.

Find your neighbourhood adventure and register online at ottawa.ca/recreation:

  • Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps
  • Try aqua camps, indoor soccer or rock climbing
  • Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps
  • Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps
  • Get messy with clay, paints and glue
  • Work on your leadership skills and make new friends

Should your child require special needs assistance, contact the program staff to make arrangements before the program starts.

Spring & Summer Recreation Programs Now at Ottawa.ca

It’s time to check out the thousands of spring and summer classes the City has to offer. From boot camps to sports, drawing to pottery and aquafitness to yoga, the City has classes that will keep you active, creative and healthy.

The Spring/Summer Recreation eGuide and Mon cyberguide francophone des loisirs are now online at ottawa.ca. Registration for Swimming and Aquafitness programs begins on March 3 at 9 p.m. online or by calling 613-580-2588. In-person registration at any recreation or cultural facility begins March 4 during regular business hours.

Registration for all other programs including summer camps begins on March 5 at 9 p.m. online or by calling 613-580-2588. In-person registration at any recreation or cultural facility begins March 6 during regular business hours. To register you will require a client barcode and family PIN numbers.

High volumes of online registrants are expected throughout the first week of registration, particularly on the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual, so please be patient if delays are encountered.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.