For several years I have had discussions with residents around the safety concerns people have with the Maitland avenue Queensway bridge.
Much of that concern revolves around pedestrian crossing safety (especially children) at the ramps, and the safe ability for cyclists to use the bridge.
As a result of the coming work to be done related to the LRT our bridge structures in Bay Ward (Maitland, Woodroffe, Pinecrest) will all be renewed over the next several years.
Bridges further west near Crystal Beach already have had planning efforts for modifications.
Due to the nature of the work flow staff are required to do we will be able to proceed with all the bridge work, inclusive of community feedback alone except for Maitland. That bridge requires a formal Environmental Assessment study.
As such, earlier today, the City of Ottawa issued a Notice of Commencement for the Maitland Avenue Highway 417 Bridge Cycling Improvements Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study.
A copy of the notice is included here. This notice has been posted on Ottawa.ca and distributed to approximately 400 properties within close proximity to the study area. In addition, it will be advertised in the Ottawa Citizen and LeDroit respectively on February 23, 2018 and February 28, 2018.
A Public Information Session will be held on Thursday March 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the J.A. Dulude Arena, 941 Clyde Avenue, Ottawa. Additionally, an Online Public Consultation will be conducted for a two-week period from March 2, 2018 to March 15, 2018.
I would encourage anyone with feedback on their desires for the new bridge to attend the meeting or submit comments.
I would also encourage people further afield to consider attending as comments collected here of a general nature can also be taken as early feedback on the desires people are seeking for the other ward bridges to come.