Getting round: goodbye &#zero39;beg buttons&#zero39; at intersections in Outdated Ottawa East and Stittsville, new parkway closures

A walk signal at an Ottawa crosswalk.

There’s some pandemic-era excellent news for pedestrians with fewer “beg buttons” at intersections on busy Important Avenue in Outdated Ottawa East and in Stittsville and new weekend closures on Nationwide Capital Fee Parkways that may draw cyclists, too.

“Working with metropolis workers, we now have moved to vary the beg buttons alongside Important Avenue in (Outdated Ottawa East) in order that residents now not must push them to get a stroll sign throughout daytime hours,” Capital Ward Coun. Shawn Menard shared on social media this week. “With #covidottawa and pedestrian exercise, I’m blissful to see this.”

There are 254 signalized intersections – about one in 5 citywide – the place the pedestrian push buttons don’t should be activated to get the pedestrian cross sign, defined Stu Edison, town’s program supervisor for visitors engineering and sign operations.

In some circumstances, nevertheless, the push buttons are solely deactivated at occasions of day when pedestrian visitors is excessive.

Areas added since mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic started embrace Important Avenue on the intersections of Hawthorne Avenue, Hazel Avenue, Lees Avenue and Graham Avenue, Evelyn Avenue, Clegg Avenue, Beckwith Street and Bower Avenue, Greenfield Avenue and Riverdale Avenue.

Additionally new is the intersection of Stittsville Important Avenue and Beverly Avenue close to the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Group Enviornment and Alexander Grove Park.

“Site visitors companies receives a majority of these requests frequently,” Edison mentioned. “Employees will evaluation and implement these modifications when the visitors sign knowledge helps it.”

There’s one security caveat:  “you will need to word that pedestrians should use the push buttons to activate accessible pedestrian options, corresponding to audible tones,” Edison mentioned.



The National Capital Commission announced a new pilot project Thursday partially closing the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway to vehicles

from eight a.m. to four p.m. on weekends till the tip of Might. It goals to  “present native residents extra space for out of doors wellbeing” on foot or by bike whereas bodily distancing.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway stays closed to motorized vehicle visitors between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue from eight a.m. to eight p.m. day by day till Might 24.  Entry for motorists to cross Queen Elizabeth Driveway at Pretoria Bridge and enter Pretoria Avenue and for emergency autos and OC Transpo buses is maintained, the Metropolis of Ottawa mentioned.



There’s new building metropolis vast this week.

They embrace off-peak and in a single day lane closures on Bronson Avenue between Colonel By Drive and Lakeview Terrace till Friday for the development of a brand new northbound transit-priority lane.

Lanes on Carling Avenue shut intermittently in each instructions between Churchill Avenue North and Kirkwood Avenue day by day from 9 a.m. till three:30 p.m. for drilling for about two weeks.

The eastbound off ramp from Freeway 174 to Place d’Orléans Drive from Freeway 174 eastbound will likely be decreased by one lane throughout off-peak hours for resurfacing by way of Thursday. A full closure of the ramp could be wanted nightly, from 10 p.m. to five a.m. A signed detour will likely be in place.

Metcalfe Avenue will likely be decreased to at least one northbound lane between Frank and Lewis streets till Victoria Day for water principal and sewer work as a part of the continued Elgin Avenue Renewal challenge.On Montreal Street, lane reductions will stay in place on the intersection of Montreal Street and the Vanier Parkway till Friday for water principal work that’s a part of the Montreal Street Revitalization challenge.

Queen Avenue is closed to motorists between Bronson Avenue and Bay Avenue as a part of the Bay Avenue Biking Facility challenge till Might 21. Entry for pedestrians and bicycle owner will likely be maintained however there’s a signed detour for motorists.

Farmer’s Means is closed to visitors day by day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Piperville and Leitrim roads for resurfacing till late June. Bike owner and pedestrian entry will likely be maintained however autos will likely be detoured from Leitrim and Piperville roads to Anderson Street.


  • Count on sporadic Quebec police checkpoints at interprovincial crossings together with the Champlain, Chaudiere, Portage, Alexandra and Macdonald-Cartier bridges and Cumberland-Masson Ferry, the Metropolis of Ottawa’s visitors centre has warned.
  • The Financial institution Avenue Bridge is decreased to 2 lanes for autos in order that pedestrians and cyclists can use the curb lanes along with the sidewalks between Wilton Crescent and Echo Drive.
  • Byron Avenue is closed between Golden Avenue and Redwood Avenue however entry for native visitors is maintained and cross-traffic permitted.
  • Greenview Avenue is closed from Carling Avenue to Britannia Park. Entry for native visitors is maintained between Carling Avenue and Don Avenue.


  • OC Transpo has added further weekday journeys on routes 12, 14, 39, 40, 62, 80 and 88 “based mostly on buyer and worker suggestions.” In March, the service scaled again weekday service in the wake of a drop in ridership due to COVID-19.
  • OC Transpo is asking passengers to “please take into account sporting a non-medical masks” whereas driving the bus, practice or Para Transpo.The service factors to Ottawa Public Well being recommendation that masks may also help restrict the unfold of COVID-19 in conditions the place bodily distancing generally is a problem.
  • O-Prepare Line 2 is closed and changed with bus service for about two years of building of Stage 2 extending from Greenboro to Limebank in Riverside South with a hyperlink to the Ottawa airport.
  • The Rack & Roll program is gearing up for spring with 750 bike racks to be put in on metropolis buses by the tip of Might. They’ll be on bus routes throughout town, together with routes 12, 15, 25, 35, 39, 45, 55, 57, 61, 62, 63, 74, 75, 85, 88, 97, 98 and 99, and Line 2 buses.
  • Passengers should board buses by the rear door except they’ve mobility points and on trains the doorways closest to operator cabs are closed and blocked with tape. Prepare riders can use seating in all different components of the practice. These with bikes ought to use the door subsequent closest to the entrance, which will likely be marked with stickers.
  • Money fares and paper transfers received’t be accepted, even when some buses don’t permit prospects to faucet their Presto playing cards after they board.
  • OC Transpo customer support centres are briefly closed. Alternate options embrace plus ticket machines in stations and Consumers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Actual Canadian Superstore areas.



  • The Alexandra Bridge stays closed to motorists till Might 24 to permit Public Providers and Procurement Canada to finish repairs however pedestrians and cyclists can nonetheless use the boardwalk.
  • Hogs Again Street is closed to autos between Prince of Wales and Riverside drives till August and between Colonel By and Riverside drives till December for bridge repairs. Entry for pedestrians and cyclists will likely be maintained with a signed detour for motorist, pedestrians and cyclists in place, the Metropolis of Ottawa mentioned. A detour is in place for cyclists and pedestrians from Might to the tip of December passing over the deck of the Hog’s Again Dam and thru the Nationwide Capital Fee’s Hog’s Again Park then rejoining the pathways alongside the roadway.
  • Eagleson Street southbound is decreased to at least one lane between Michael Cowpland Drive and the Eagleson Place plaza for about three weeks to exchange a water principal. Entry the Eagleson Place plaza car parking zone entrance from Michael Cowpland Drive. Signage is in place.
  • March Street is closed intermittently in each instructions between Carling Avenue and Shirley Brook Drive for repaving till July. Entry for pedestrians and cyclists will likely be maintained all through this era.
  • Lanes on Snake Island Street are closed intermittently in each instructions between Nixon Drive and Stagecoach Street for resurfacing, till the tip of June. Flaggers are directing visitors, pedestrians and cyclists by way of the development web site.