The latest update on the concerns raised by my office about the narrow lanes being constructed on a new roundabout at Longfields and Golflinks. A third party report has been concluded.
Among the findings:
While I appreciate City staff attention to this issue, I am left questioning why the City of Ottawa is so keen on roundabouts. Inhibiting large vehicle traffic in what will be a construction zone for more than a year is very short sighted. I will be asking for a review of roundabouts, including complaints and traffic collision data.
City Park officials are now working on a fenced in dog run at Beryl Gaffney Park. It will be located on the south side of the parking lot off Rideau Valley Drive.
It is welcomed news for dog owners who will be temporarily displaced when David Bartlett Park is closed for construction. The design, which includes a gazebo, picnic tables and interpretive signs will soon be posted on Engage Ottawa. You are invited to comment.
A garbage bin at Lindenshade Park, near Bayrose and Sue Holloway, has been removed because too many people were filling it with household and construction waste. City crews say abuse of the waste receptacle in this Park has been an ongoing problem for quite some time, and they can no longer empty it every day.
Lets #shoplocal Ward 22! The Barrhaven Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm until October. The past four weekends have been a huge success. This week the market will have more than 20 vendors and opening more space to help everyone enjoy their visit and stay safe. Many of their vendors offer a pre-order option and will have your order ready for pickup but they will also be offering shopping opportunity at each vendors booth. Social distancing and safe customer service will be the order of the day and the number of shoppers will be monitored closely. The market is located at 670 Cedarview Road at The Log Farm.
Unfortunately, the highly successful Nepean Woods Farmers Market will not be able to run this year due to physical distancing requirements and required staffing levels. I look forward to seeing both of Barrhaven’s Farmers Markets up and running in 2021.
Last week, I highlighted some problems with the construction of a new roundabout on Longfields Dr and Golflinks Dr, specifically that the lanes are too narrow to accommodate large trucks. A city plow was unable to navigate through with its snow-clearing blade lowered. Since then City Staff have been investigating. A consultant has revised the design to slightly widen the lanes, and the curb on the inbound lane was removed and shifted. The plow can now get through. A third party reviewer has been brought in to investigate what happened. A report is expected soon.
Let me say City officials have been taking this very seriously. There is still more work to do on the roundabout and I full expect it will be up to City of Ottawa standards when complete.
A friendly reminder to all residents: please respect the speed limit. With more people staying at home due to COVID, the roads have been less busy and so there have been more instances of speeding. As we are in the summer months, more people are outside, children playing and biking. I ask you all to please respect the speed limits and to drive safely to ensure the safety of all.
If you witness incidents of speeding, I encourage you to report these incidents directly to the Ottawa Police as the OPS are evidence based and report driven, meaning they require resident reports to enforce an area.You may report online or call 613-236-1222 ext. 7300 to report speeding.
Thank you everybody for your cooperation.
Strandherd Drive is being widened to a four-lane cross section from Maravista Drive to Jockvale Road in Barrhaven (essentially from the Costco to the Home Depot). This is a major and complex infrastructure project and a significant investment in Barrhaven.
The project is approximately 3.3 kilometres in length. It will provide capacity for existing and future traffic volumes during peak periods and facilitate the movement of cyclists and pedestrians through the corridor as well as provide the underground infrastructure to support growth.
This project includes:
The estimated total projected budget for the Strandherd Drive widening is $113 million, including additional funding authority anticipated as part of the upcoming 2021 capital budget. The total project budget for the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility Retrofit is $15.8 million.
The project has a newsletter where up to date information will be shared, including traffic impacts - Strandherd Drive widening e-newsletter.
Please be advised that road resurfacing on Stoneway Dr from Woodroffe Ave South Intersection to Windhurst Dr is expected to start at the end of June. Exact dates to be announced.
Please be advised River Road from Leitrim Road to Limebank Road will be closed starting in mid-July for a culvert renewal. Exact dates to be announced.
Please be advised starting Monday June 15, 2020, Trans-Northern Pipeline Inc. (TNPI) will commence pipeline maintenance work, weather and schedule permitting, at Earl Armstrong Road between Limebank Road and Bowesville Road. As part of their regular inspection and maintenance program, they are conducting integrity digs to visually inspect the pipeline and if required make necessary repairs. These integrity digs ensure the continued safe operation of the pipeline protecting the public and the environment. Affected landowners in the area have been notified of this work. It should take approximately 4-8 weeks to complete.
Please be advised the pathway link that connects Windhurst Dr to Stonepoint Ave will be renewed. This work is expected to commence June 9, 2020, and to be completed within 2 weeks. Notices have been delivered to nearby residents.
We received some good news about plans to widen Bank Street South. Under the City’s current plan, work to expand Bank Street would not begin until 2025. Now, City staff tells us money has been set aside to begin Phase 1 of Bank Street, expansion between Valley Squire Furniture Store on Bank Street to the Dun Skipper intersection, as early as 2022.
All of this is still subject to Council approval.
I consider it a win for Findlay Creek and Ward 22 and I am pleased with the new proposed timeline.
Rural Ottawa Residents! We have partnered with South Nation Conservation to provide some free trees to area residents this fall.
Though SNC is accepting online order requests for free trees this spring in other regions, please note that trees secured for Ottawa residents won’t be ready until the Fall. Check back with SNC or us later in the year for details on how we’ll provide free trees, we’ll post all of the details on social media.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time. For more info on SNC’s Tree Planting Program and to secure tree orders for Spring 2021, please visit www.nation.on.ca.
Are you or is someone you know living with violence or abuse? Physical distancing during COVID-19 can make things worse. Unsafe at Home Ottawa is a secure, bilingual text and chat line. It’s available 7 days a week, from 8:30 am to midnight.
You are not alone. Reach out!
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A special appeal to those of us lucky enough to still have a job. The local food banks are seeing a huge surge in people who need help feeding their families. So, I am asking you to make a donation to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard and challenge your friends to match it. Together we can do a lot of good. I plan to donate each week and I hope you will too. Don’t feel helpless – feel helpful. Thank you to all who have donated already. Every donation goes a long way.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help those who have been affected by the tragic March 31 Barrhaven fire. The fire destroyed 8 condo units and claimed the lives of 2 people. Thank you Chris Murphy for setting this up. During these particularly hard times, I hope we can come together as a community to help those who need it most.
Our Barrhaven businesses need your support and The Barrhaven BIA is excited to launch its #MyBarrhaven online shopping portal! You are encouraged to #shoplocal by buying a gift card or merchandise from any of these great businesses. Our businesses are facing enormous challenges in the coming days, weeks, and months and they need our support. You can also make a donation to the BBIA’s post-pandemic rebuild effort. This money is being raised to support small businesses, when they re-open, with a large-scale back to business campaign. BARRHAVEN BUSINESS OWNERS: If you would like to have your business added to the page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My office has been made aware of the ongoing safety concerns on Earl Armstrong Road, in Riverside South, particularly at the intersection of Spratt and Earl Armstrong. I would like to reassure everybody that I am very aware of these concerns and this is an issue I am actively pursuing with City staff.
There has been a pattern of unsafe practices at the Spratt and Earl Armstrong intersection, which the City has been able to identify. City staff of Traffic Services are currently working on installing a protected left at this intersection. What this means is the left turn signal will turn red, while straight through traffic remains green. While I understand the concern for longer wait times at this intersection, safety is a real concern here and needs to be addressed.
At this time, the study of this intersection is underway and no confirmed timeline of when the protected left will be installed. This type of change requires a more thorough review process and takes more time, as there are different civil works that must be considered. I will make sure to keep everybody informed when I get more information.
In the interim, I've asked that this intersection be considered for an extended advanced left, to give more time to those turning left.
Other intersections on Earl Armstrong Road are also being considered for an extended advanced left, including Canyon Walk and Shoreline. I am currently waiting on the study from Traffic Services to determine if this is feasible.
I appreciate everybody's understanding and cooperation, and hope to continue working on improving safety on Earl Armstrong.
On Wednesday, December 11, I sat down with City Staff from the Planning and Recreation Departments to discuss plans for a Rec Center and Community Centre in Riverside South.
Originally a community center, similar to the Rideauview community building we now enjoy on Shoreline Drive, was proposed for the new town center core, near the LRT Limebank Station, and a recreation complex would be located North of Earl Armstrong. After consultation with the Riverside South Community Association, we took the decision to alter those plans, to essentially swap them. Overriding opinion is that it makes better sense to build a recreation center, with the opportunity to have a library, pool, gyms and meeting rooms in one building and locate it on the transit line. We can’t squander the opportunity to give as many residents as possible easy access to much needed amenities, and the LRT which will connect to the BRT to Barrhaven will do that.
The Rec Center represents over $64 million investment in our ward.
All this to say, these plans are still early in the planning process. Before anything is finalized, there will be community consultation so you can tell me what you want in our new recreation center.