Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Goulbourn Forced Road Closure

Update April 24, 2018: We have received the following update from the Ottawa Greenbelt: 

Just north of Kanata Rockeries Private, where Beaver Pond and Kizell Pond are located, the shoring company is placing piles on the west side of Goulbourn Forced Road. The access through Goulbourn Forced Road is now a safety concern for pedestrians and cyclists, and will need to be closed during the week. Access will be available on weekends until further notice. Once the west side shoring is complete, excavation of the peat material will begin, which will then be trucked off site. Similar shoring and peat removal operations will then occur on the east side of the road. These operations will be ongoing for approximately two months.

Further north, but just south of Shirley’s Creek, sub-contractors are replacing hydro poles, and drilling and blasting in the roadway. The blasted rock has created an uneven surface and creates a safety concern at this point on Goulbourn Forced Road as well. Best efforts will be made to have this area safe and open to pedestrians and cyclists on weekends. These operations will also be ongoing for approximately two months.

Near Terry Fox Drive and Old Second line, drilling and blasting operations will commence within the next week or so. Work will start near the new school property, working eastbound on Terry Fox Drive toward Old Second Line. During this work, there will be no traffic lane reductions. The bike lane will be routed onto the existing multiuse pathway, which will remain open for the duration of the project. There will be some intermittent interruptions on Terry Fox Drive, but only for a few minutes at a time, during the blasting procedures. Ottawa Greenbelt will provide advanced notice, as well as notice during blasting, using portable variable message signs on Terry Fox in either direction.  Interruptions to traffic on Terry Fox Drive will be restricted to weekdays between 9:00am and 3:30pm. Once started, this work is estimated to last for approximately six weeks.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at or 613-580-2474.

Update April 11, 2018: The no pedestrian/cyclist sign will be taken down at the Goulbourn Forced Road and pedestrians and cyclists allowed to enter from April 13 to April 23. After that, there will be work taking place in the vicinity that will be dangerous (like blasting and shoring) but I am communicating with the project manager to have pedestrian access available on weekends, particularly to connect the paths on either side of the wetland, during this time.

Note about blasting: To find the vibration readings generated by Explotech Engineering from the Goulbourn Forced Road blasting, please go to the Dropbox folder here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at or my staff contact, Amy Zhou at

Goulbourn Forced Road will be closed from Keyrock Drive (right after the Rockeries) to Innovation Drive (just before the entrance to the Richcraft Recreation Centre Kanata) from February 12, 2018 to August 28, 2018 to allow for blasting, underground infrastructure installation (such as the construction of a watermain, sanitary and sewer) and more.


Please note:

  • Residents in the surrounding areas (Keyrock, Badgeley, Remnor, Kanata Rockeries, Goulbourn Forced Road), in addition to businesses on Innovation between Terry Fox and Hines, and on Hines from dead end to Solandt, as well as RRCK, will be notified.
  • There will be access for houses and businesses at all time (including emergency vehicle access).
  • Signs will be installed and present around the area detailing how long the road will be closed.
  • Councillor Wilkinson and the city have requested a safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists along Goulbourn Forced Road that must be provided at all times, unless due to the nature of the work, it is unsafe to do so. The Contractor is to make every effort to minimize the duration that pedestrian and cyclist access along Goulbourn Forced Road is prohibited. When required, the Contractor is to provide traffic control persons to guide pedestrians and cyclists.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Amy Zhou in my Office ( or Stacey Rathwell (, Traffic Operational Studies Officer.