New Rideau River crossing to connect Overbrook and Sandy Hill

Ottawa – Ottawa’s reputation as a walking- and cycling-friendly city got another boost today with the start of construction on a new pedestrian and cycling bridge. Spanning the Rideau River, the new link will connect Donald Street in the east with Strathcona Park and Somerset Street in the west. Mayor Jim Watson was joined by Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of City Council’s Transportation Committee, as well as Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Peter Clark to break ground on the project.

Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge opens, significantly improving connectivity for Riverside South and Barrhaven residents

Ottawa – Today, the Harper Government, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa celebrated the opening of the new Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge. This new bridge, which spans the Rideau River between River Road and Prince of Wales Drive, provides new transit, traffic, cycling and pedestrian connections between the Riverside South and Barrhaven communities.

Downtown Moves wins recognition with four awards

Ottawa – Downtown Moves, the plan for how people will move around Ottawa’s downtown core in the future, has won four awards from national, international and regional planning associations.

“We are building a better city, creating practical transportation links and enhancing the public spaces for our residents and their families, block by block,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I congratulate the Transportation Committee and Planning and Growth Management staff for their work on this successful project.”

New Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge takes form

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson joined Ward Councillor Peter Clark (Rideau-Rockcliffe) to mark the beginning of the assembly of the Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge. The bridge will be a key community improvement for residents of Alta Vista, Rideau-Rockcliffe and Overbrook, VIA Rail travellers, and event attendees at the Ottawa Stadium.

Local students give creative names to LRT tunnel road headers

Ottawa – Over the next few years, deep beneath city streets, Chewrocka, Crocrodile Rouge and Jawbreaker will be busy carving out Ottawa’s transportation future. These are the names given to the three LRT tunnel road headers following a city-wide naming contest for Grade 4 classes, which saw about 50 submissions from local students.

The winning classes were:

            Ms. Lincoln’s Class at Agincourt Road Public School, (Chewrocka; central shaft)

Council approves master plans for building the future Ottawa

Ottawa – Council today approved five key master plans that will guide the City’s future land development and the growth of Ottawa’s transportation system. 

Council approved an updated Official Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Pedestrian Plan and Cycling Plan that were created in consultation with the public throughout 2013 during the Building a Liveable Ottawa initiative. These plans set the vision for Ottawa’s future growth to 2031.