Sandhill Pathway: Current Conditions

Entrance from Hertzberg Road
Near old barn and farmhouse
Closed roadway
Running next to the golf course
Narrowing as pathway enters wooded area
First muddy section
Deep mud
The mud continues…
Approach to Carling Avenue

Construction on the new Kizell Pond Trail has started

Construction has started on the Kizell Pond Trail as well as a new parking lot for residents to easily access the trails. The trail can be accessed on the north side from Goulbourn Forced Road via a new parking lot under construction. The trail on the south side can also be accessed at various points in the Richardson Ridge and Kanata Estates subdivisions.  

The diagram below shows the new trails in orange. The numbered yellow circles are lookout points along the trail. 

Construction is currently underway with this forecasted timeline: 

  • Trail clearing for the South Side and North Side completed in April. “Clearing” is removal of any dead/dying trees within fall distance to the trail and removal of any trees in direct conflict with trail alignment.  
  • Construction of the seasonal parking area off Goulbourn Forced Road completed in April.   
  • The trail construction work will resume in May. A pause in the work is required due to environmental restrictions for construction work on/within Environmental Protected Area lands during bird breeding season. 
  • The North trail is scheduled for completion by the end of April and the South trail is scheduled for completion by the first week of June.  

These dates are forecasted but could vary based on the supply of materials, any further COVID-19 restrictions, as well as weather conditions.    

Campeau Drive Extension Update

Construction continues on the Campeau Drive extension project. Upon completion, this project will create an important connection to Arcadia, Tanger Outlets and the Kanata West Business Park. The project, which extends Campeau Drive from Country Glen Way to Didsbury Road, includes a four-lane road, segregated cycling lanes, sidewalks, the roundabout at Winterset Road, two signalized intersections at Kanata Commons and Didsbury Road, and a new bridge over the Carp River.  

This project was identified in the City’s Transportation Master Plan dating back to 2013 and is part of the affordable road network. The approved budget for this project is $32 million. Construction is anticipated to be completed this fall.  

Progress to date 

Since construction began in 2020, work continues to progress well. The following work has been completed to date:  

  • Earth excavation, site grading, and granular work for the new roadways 
  • Curb and sidewalk placement 
  • Asphalt placement for roadways and cycle tracks from Country Glen Way to Winterset Road  
  • Placement of lightweight fill material and distribution slabs for the new Carp River Bridge approaches  
  • Pouring of concrete for the Carp River bridge including abutments, deck, and barrier walls 
  • Utility, watermain, and storm sewer installations 
  • Line painting and sig installation from Country Glen Way to Winterset Road  
  • Installation of guide rails on approaches to the new bridge  

The view of work on Campeau Drive at the Carp River Bridge looking East. 

The view of work on Campeau Drive at the Carp River bridge looking West.  

Great progress at the Campeau Drive and Didsbury Road intersection looking West.  

Looking ahead 

The following work can be expected over the next couple of months:  

  • Granular placement and the installation of curbs/sidewalk and asphalt pavement placement on Campeau Drive from Winterset Road to Didsbury Road and on adjacent pathways/cycle facilities 
  • Minor work on Campeau Drive between Country Glen Way and Winterset Road including sewer inspections, adjustments to sewer maintenance covers as well as surface asphalt placement, and line painting 
  • Utility installations 
  • Work on the Carp River bridge including the installation of railings 
  • Placement of topsoil in boulevard areas 

Proposed Sidewalk Projects on parts of Varley Dr and Leacock Dr

The following new sidewalks are planned for the Kanata North neighbourhood of Beaverbrook:

  • Varley Drive west from Beaverbrook Road to Carr Crescent north (east side)
  • Varley Drive east from Beaverbrook Road to Milne Crescent north (west side)
  • Leacock Drive west from Beaverbrook Road to The Parkway (west side)

Some residents are concerned about pedestrian safety along Varley Drive and Leacock Drive. Having three elementary schools so close together, it adds a lot of traffic to the roads before and after school, which is particularly of concern during the winter months when streets are even narrower due to snow accumulations, and pedestrians are not able to easily avoid traffic by stepping on neighbouring lawns. Sidewalks greatly improve pedestrian safety on these streets.

These three sections of proposed sidewalk are listed within the Council-approved Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, which was part of the 2013 Transportation Master Plan. As per current city policies, Varley Drive and Leacock Drive are collector roads and should provide a pedestrian facility on both sides of the roadway. This requirement is especially important if the corridor is a public transit route, leads directly to public transit, fronts onto schools, parks, community facilities or leads directly to these.   

Due to budget constraints, the proposal for this project is to complete the inner loop of Varley Drive and the outer loop of Leacock Drive in order to fill in missing sidewalk pieces and provide a continuous and complete sidewalk. The work would connect to bus stops and provide connections to W. Erskine Johnston Public School, Georges Vanier Catholic School, Stephen Leacock Public School, Varley Park, Holly Acres Park, and Craig Park. 

The proposed sidewalks will be installed within the city’s right-of-way. Any additional requirements to accommodate the sidewalk will be identified during the study.

Halton Terrace Proposed Sidewalk Project

A new sidewalk is planned on the south side of Halton Terrace from Flamborough Way to Newcastle Avenue that will improve safety and connectivity within the community. You can share your feedback on October 6th at 7 p.m., during a virtual public consultation with city staff and me. Staff will provide a brief background and description of the proposed project and limits.

Currently, the project is in the early planning stages. When planning is complete, detailed design will begin and a construction timeframe will be determined. The sidewalk will be installed within the City’s right-of-way which means that landscaping, trees, retaining walls and other features may be impacted.  

This project is part of Phase 1 from the Council-approved Ottawa Pedestrian Plan which was part of the 2013 Transportation Master Plan. According to current City policies, Halton Terrace is a collector road and as such, it should have a sidewalk on both sides of the road. This requirement is especially important if the corridor is a public transit route, leads directly to public transit, fronts onto schools, parks, community facilities and leads directly to these.  

Between Newcastle Avenue and Flamborough Way, Halton Terrace has a bus stop on the south side of the road that does not meet accessibility standards. A complete sidewalk on the south side of Halton Terrace will provide safe and easy access to the bus stop for all users.  The completed sidewalk will also encourage fewer midblock crossings and create a safer pedestrian environment for those walking to Julie Payette Public Elementary School, Jack Donohue Public School, Klondike Road Park, Morgan’s Grant Woods Park and the pathway link to Beamish Crescent. 

Campeau Drive Extension Project Update

The Campeau Drive Extension project is progressing well. The Province has not suspended work on this project due to COVID-19. The City and contractor continue to work closely to ensure that all recommended safety measures are being followed.  

 Since ground broke on this project in January, the following tasks have been completed:  

  • Earth excavation, site grading and granular work for the new roadways.  
  • Commencement of curb and sidewalk placement.  
  • Placement of concrete slabs on top of previously poured light weight fill (this fill is used to reduce the load on subgrade soils). 
  • Utility installations.  
  • Completion of watermain installation.  
  • Work for Carp River Bridge including east and west supports, forming and reinforcement for the bridge deck. 

 Grading of Campeau Drive between Country Glen and Winterset Road  

Carp River Bridge Construction  

 You can expect the following work in the coming weeks, weather permitting:  

  • Granular placement on roadways and commencement of asphalt paving.  
  • Installation of curbs and sidewalks. 
  • Storm sewer installation. 
  • Utility installation (including work by Hydro and Bell). 
  • Continued work on the Carp River Bridge including pouring the deck and work on the approaches to the bridge.  

 Upcoming traffic impacts 

To allow for roadwork, and sewer and utility installations, traffic interruptions may be experienced near the Didsbury Road and Campeau Drive intersection. If required, periodic off-peak lane closures or roadway narrowing may occur. On-site flag persons and signage will be used to direct traffic.  

Access to the Kanata Commons community and to businesses will be maintained throughout construction.  

Construction access to the site and material delivery will continue along Campeau Drive from Terry Fox Drive and Highway 417 and/or Palladium Drive and Highway 417.  

Transportation Master Plan Update

Last June, Council approved the scope of work for completing the Transportation Master Plan update including updates to the Active Transportation Plan with the intended completion date of April 2022. This deadline was created based on the key milestones listed in the Scope of Work including; a new Origin-Destination Survey, coordination with the Official Plan review, and public consultation milestones.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be some changes with respect to the timing for this much anticipated Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update. 

The first phase of public consultation was completed in January 2020. The second phase of consultation began in February 2020 and was scheduled to be completed in May 2020. This phase has been extended into the fall to ensure enough time for public consultation. Online consultations for this phase will begin shortly. 

Given the ongoing impacts and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the TMP Update funding project partners have agreed that travel patterns across the City of Ottawa will not have returned to normal by the Fall of 2020. Hence, any data collected in this time period would not reflect the long-term trends valuable to the development of the priority network for implementation as part of the TMP Update. The Origin-Destination Survey set to begin in October 2020 has now been deferred until Fall 2021. This means that it will not be possible to complete the TMP Update in the originally planned timeframe. To accommodate the new Origin-Destination Survey timing, the Municipal Election in October 2022, and transition to a new Term of Council, the new completion date for the TMP Update and the new Active Transportation Plan is the Fall of 2023.  

In the meantime, staff will continue their focus on transit, road, cycling and sidewalk projects based on the current TMP and the 2019 City-Wide Development Charges Background Study and subject to annual capital budget approvals.   

Other important elements that continue to move forward include: 

  • The Development of the new Official Plan. 
  • Exploring emerging issues such as alternative funding sources, “new mobility” and climate change mitigation in transportation planning. 
  • Transportation policy review and development.  
  • Identifying missing links in the active transportation network. 
  • Developing criteria for prioritization of projects. 
  • Updating project costs. 
  • Public engagement.  

You can find further information and updates here.  

New Roundabout at Huntmar and Richardson Side Road

Beginning in August, the city will start constructing a new roundabout at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection. The work will include the construction of a single entry and exit roundabout with a pedestrian crossing around the intersection that will provide a connection to the paved shoulders of the road. 

This much-needed roundabout will improve traffic flow and enhance the safety for all road users. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of fall 2020. Residents can expect intermittent lane closures on both Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road during non-peak traffic periods. Access to local businesses and properties, and to cycling and pedestrians will be maintained.  

Campeau Drive Extension Project Update

The Campeau Drive Extension project is well underway. Unlike many other projects, the Province has not suspended work on this project due to COVID-19. The city is continuing to work closely with the contractor to ensure strict safety measures are being followed.

Campeau-1-July6

Ground broke for this project in January 2020. To date, the crews have been hard at work on many tasks, including:

  • Earth excavation, site grading, and granular work for new roadways.
  • Placement of lightweight fill material used to prevent roadway resettlement due to soil shifting.
  • Utility installation.
  • Commencement of watermain and storm sewer installation.
  • Work for Carp River Bridge including east and west supports, forming for bridge deck, concrete frame, and foundation work.
Campeau-2-July6

In the coming weeks, the following work can be expected, weather permitting:

  • Continued earth excavation and granular work.
  • Storm sewer and watermain installations.
  • Utility installation, including new street lighting.
  • Installation of new curbs and sidewalks.
  • Continued work on the Carp River bridge including pouring of the foundation, forming of the bridge deck and installation of the deck support frame.

Residents may experience traffic interruptions near the Didsbury Road and Campeau Drive intersection to allow for sewer, watermain, and roadwork. Periodic off-peak lane closures or roadway narrowing may be experienced to allow for layout and utility investigation work.

June 2020 Transportation Updates

Councillor Sudds shared many transportation updates at the June committee meeting. These updates can be seen in the attached presentation. The topics include:

  • Trailhead Signs
  • March Road Repaving/Cycling Improvements
  • Herzberg Sewer Project
  • Sidewalk Projects
  • Temporary Traffic Calming Measures
  • Campeau Road
  • Huntmar Environmental Study
  • OC Transpo Service Changes