Category Archives: Transportation

SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap

(Photo: An unidentified woman changes a diaper while parked on the side of the Queensway, en route to Tanger Outlets on opening day. Photo via @PaulaMcCooey on Twitter.)

Traffic jams were the big story coming out of today’s grand opening of Kanata’s Tanger Outlets shopping complex.  Cars were backed up on the Queensway all the way to Bayshore at one point this morning. Continue reading


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Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?

The Huntmar Bridge that crosses the Queensway doesn’t have sidewalks, and probably won’t for at least a decade.

The overpass connects Tanger Outlets, Minto’s new 1,500-home Arcadia development, and Canadian Tire Centre.  There are sidewalks south and north of the bridge, but the bridge itself only has a narrow curb on one side and a narrow paved shoulder on the other.

We asked the City of Ottawa why the bridge doesn’t have sidewalks, and they said to ask the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, who own and manage the bridge.

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Road closures for this weekend’s 9 Run Run event

(Information provided by 9 RUN RUN organizers.)

Here’s a list of road closures for the 9 RUN RUN on Saturday, October 18.   All times are approximate.

Since this is a timed event, roads will be closed while the participants are on course

Abbott Street West will close at 07:00 am to allow the race organizers time to set up the structure for the start/finish line

The remaining road closures will commence just prior to the start of the event at 08:45 and will re-open once the last runner has passed each location

07:00 to 13:00 Abbott Street West – both directions will be closed from Stittsville Main Street to Westridge Dr

08:45 to 09:30 Stittsville Main Street – both direction from Abbott St to Fernbank Rd will be closed for the start of the 10K and Half Marathon races.  The roadway will re-open once the last Half Marathon runner has passed by Fernbank Rd.

08:45 – 09:30 Closure of 10 K route (Stittsville Main, Elm, Cypress Gardens, Elm, Bell, Westridge from Bell to Abbott)

08:45 to 09:45 Stittsville Main to Flewellyn – southbound lane closed till last half marathoner passes Flewellyn

08:55 hrs to 09:30 Westridge Rd – northbound will be closed from Bell Stto Abbott St The road will reopen once the last 10k runner has passed and is on the trail

09:15 to 11:15 Flewellyn Rd – westbound only, will be closed from Main Street to Munster Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Munster Rd.

09:30 to 11:15 Munster Rd – northbound lane only, will be closed from Flewellyn Rd to Fernbank Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Fernbank Rd

09:30 to 11:30 Fernbank Rd -eastbound will be closed from Munster Rd to Jinkinson Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Jinkinson Rd

09:30 to 12:00 Jinkinson Rd -both directions will be closed from Fernbank Rd to a location north of the Trans Canada Trail (passed the turn around point)  It will re-open once the last runner is on the Trans Canada Trail.

More info: www.9runrun.ca


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New OC Transpo route 196 will serve Tanger Outlets on evenings and weekends

UPDATE (October 14): We asked the City of Ottawa about the details behind the new bus route that’s being at least partially funded by Tanger Oulets.

Here’s what Mikael Leroux, Acting Assistant General Manager, Customer Systems & Planning for the City of Ottawa, told us:

  • Tanger Outlets is the first example of a major retailer in Ottawa who is funding transit service to their location.
  • How much will Tanger be paying?  It’s complicated.  Tanger and RioCan will share the costs to pay Ottawa for the new Route 196 service.  They’re responsible for all costs associated with the service, but their bill will be off-set in part by fare revenue received.
  • “This service is an early servicing agreement which is scheduled to run, at this time, until December 21, 2015, at which point the demand is expected to meet the City of Ottawa’s service standards,” says Leroux.  In other words, once ridership reaches a high enough threshold, Tanger/Riocan would stop contributing to the cost for the service.

 

 

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

New OC Transpo service to Tanger Outlets mall in Kanata will be available seven days a week.

Currently, Route 96A is providing weekday service to Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes. Connections to Route 96A can be made downtown, along the Transitway and in Stittsville.

For weekday late evening and weekend service, new Route 196 will be available starting Friday, October 17. Funded by Tanger Outlets, Route 196 will provide a connection between Terry Fox Station and Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes during weekday late evenings and weekends. Continue reading


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Westbound Queensway lanes to re-open by Friday

Most of the lane reductions on the westbound Queensway between Moodie and Eagleson will be removed by October 10, and the Carp Road overpass will re-open by the end of the month.

Those two updates and more were provided in an update today from  Andrew MacHardy, from McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers.   Here’s his full email, sent to media and city officials. Continue reading


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Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa Senators announce upgrades to post-game traffic flow

(Press release from the Ottawa Senators)

Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr) and the Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today, that in partnership with the City of Ottawa, there will be a number of upgrades to the traffic flow following Ottawa Senators games this season. These upgrades, which include traffic flow changes both northbound and southbound on Huntmar Drive, are expected to make a significant improvement in the time it takes for patrons attending Senators games in the time it takes to exit the venue.

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Huntmar-Campeau roundabout and Huntmar overpass open today

(Press release from the City of Ottawa)

Residents travelling along Huntmar Drive will experience two permanent changes in traffic flow beginning today.

First, Huntmar Drive, north of Palladium Drive, is again open to traffic. This section of Huntmar Drive has been closed due to construction since June 9.

Second, the intersection of Huntmar Drive and Campeau Drive has been turned into a roundabout. The roundabout will be expanded to a two lane roundabout in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it will be operated under construction conditions.

In recent years the City of Ottawa has installed a number of roundabouts, in place of traditional intersections. Roundabouts are easy to use and, more importantly, safer than traditional intersections.

How to use a roundabout (drivers)

  • Reduce speed and watch for pedestrians and cyclists when approaching a roundabout.
  • Look to the left for approaching traffic within the roundabout and be prepared to stop as vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way.
  • Enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap in traffic and proceed through the roundabout to your exit.
  • Use your right turn signal to indicate your exit.
  • Watch for pedestrians and cyclists when exiting a roundabout and be prepared to stop if necessary.

Pedestrians are reminded to walk on the sidewalk or path and cross only at the designated crosswalks. Look in the direction of the oncoming traffic and wait for a sufficient gap before entering the crosswalk. Pedestrians should never cross the circular roadway to the central island.

Cyclists have two options for navigating a roundabout. Cyclists may operate as a motor vehicle and take control of the lane by riding in the middle, obeying the same rules as motorists. Otherwise, cyclists may dismount at the crosswalk and use the sidewalks and crosswalks as a pedestrian.

Residents can also visit ottawa.ca to learn how to properly navigate through roundabouts.


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Six back-to-school traffic safety tips from the Ottawa police

Ottawa Police are reminding motorists and pedestrians to be aware of the extra children and youth on city streets over the next few days.

Kids will be returning to school and will be busing, walking and riding their bikes to their destinations.  Police offer these safety tips:

  1. Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
  2. Obey school bus signals.
  3. Walk on available sidewalks.
  4. Always cross at intersections, looking and listening for traffic and walk across only when road is clear and safe to do so.
  5. Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals.
  6. Always wear a helmet when riding a bike and walk your bike across a roadway.

For more safety tips, click here.


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