Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

MTO sidewalk work widening During construction, Eagleson Road Southbound will

UPDATE (Dec 3/2015): The latest update from MTO is that they expect the second lane to be opened at the end of this week. The lanes will be narrower as they need to leave some space next to the concrete while it cures.  Afterwards there will be intermittent lane and ramp closures.  The expected completion date is December 22nd, but if weather stays mild, the project could be finished earlier.

IMPORTANT: Due to safety concerns, the March/Eagleson overpass has been closed to pedestrians until the sidewalk work on the West side is complete.

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As of November 17th  until mid December southbound traffic over the March/Eagleson Bridge over Highway 417 will be limited to ONE lane.  Expect Delays. 

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has informed me that work will commence early in November to modify the sidewalk on the West side of the Eagleson/March Rd overpass. I pushed very hard to have the Province include a sidewalk (which was shown in the original plans) and continued lobbying (along with City Staff) to have the sidewalk modified to correct the issues that resulted in the sidewalk being closed to pedestrians last winter.

When the bridge was restored by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) , it was to include a sidewalk along the West side.  What was actually built was too narrow for sidewalk plows and the steep curb at each end is not accessible by wheelchairs, strollers or  sidewalk plows.  That resulted in it being closed to pedestrians last winter, a significant inconvenience and safety issue to the public.

Last month city staff constructed sidewalks leading to the bridge from both directions.  MTO agreed to modify the structure on the bridge to create a pedestrian system from one side of Highway 417 to the other.  Here is the Latest update (as of October 26 2015):

  • Construction work is expected to begin on or about November 2nd.  Due to the scope of the structural work involved (drilling into existing sidewalk and placement of additional reinforced steel) it is anticipated that the contract will be completed in mid-December.
  • Work will include
    • widening of the previously constructed concrete sidewalk on the west side of the bridge
    • elimination of the concrete drainage outlets on the approaches to provide a flat surface
    • widening of the raised surface (sidewalk) on the approaches to the bridge (including adjustment of steel beam guide rail as required)
  • During construction, only one lane will be open travelling southbound across the bridge in order to provide for worker safety.  Short term ramp closures (for the palcement of temporary concrete barrier to protect the work zone) may take place only between the times of 9pm and 6am.
  • Portable Variable Message Signs will be provided on Eagleson Road (northbound and southbound), Highway 417 (eastbound and westbound), and Campeau Drive (eastbound) in advance of the beginning of construction in order to mitigate impacts.  Signs will notify drivers of any ramp closures seven days in advance.
  • Pedestrians will be directed to the east side of the bridge.

City of Ottawa PSA:

Traffic impacts on Eagleson Road and Highway 417 on-ramps start Tuesday

Ottawa – The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) will begin work on Tuesday, November 17 to widen sidewalks on the west side of the Eagleson Road Bridge over Highway 417 and its approaches. The construction is scheduled to be completed in mid-December.

As part of the construction activities, MTO will need to reduce southbound Eagleson Road to one lane in the work area. The eastbound and westbound on-ramps to Highway 417 from southbound Eagleson Road will also be closed overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for approximately five weeks.

Pedestrians will be redirected to the east sidewalk during construction.

The work will deliver a better walking environment for pedestrians crossing the Eagleson Bridge by widening the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge and its approaches and eliminating concrete drainage outlets on the approaches to provide a flat surface

Portable Variable Message Signs are already in place to advise motorists of the upcoming lane reduction and ramp closures so they can plan alternate routes.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca

 

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