O’Connor Street Bikeway

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Phase 1 – Fifth Ave. to Laurier Ave.

The O'Connor Bikeway will be a new, 1.7 km north-south bikeway along O'Connor Street between Laurier and Fifth avenues. Identified in the Ottawa Cycling Plan as a Phase 1 Cross-town Bikeway, the O'Connor Street Bikeway will link the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe

Construction of the bikeway will start this summer 2016 and is expected to be completed in the fall. Exact dates will be defined at the end of detailed design.

At the Transportation Committee meeting of June 3, 2015, the plan for the O'Connor Bikeway was presented, public delegations were heard, and the plan was unanimously approved (as amended by a motion). The plan was subsequently approved by City Council on June 10, 2015. This project is focused on the implementation of the O'Connor Street bikeway between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

This phase of the O'Connor Bikeway project includes:

Laurier to Pretoria: A physically separated bi-directional bikeway will be constructed on the east side of the roadway, in the area where O'Connor is a one-way street.

Pretoria to Patterson: Bike lanes will be painted on both sides of the roadway, buffered on the east side north of Strathcona where O'Connor is a one-way street.

Patterson to Monkland: A northbound shared-use lane with be constructed and a southbound painted bike lane will be added on the west side of the roadway.

Monkland to Glebe: Bike lanes will be painted on both sides of the roadway, with the exception of the existing Diplomatic Loading Zone South of Monkland on O'Connor.

Glebe to First: A southbound bike lane will be painted on the west side of the roadway and a northbound shared-use lane will be constructed.

First to Fifth: Shared use lanes for four blocks.

Asphaltic resurfacing of O'Connor Street between Somerset Street and Isabella Street (10 of the 25 blocks)

Replacement of Traffic Signals, where required. There are 10 signalized intersections within project area.

Benefits to the community from this north-south bikeway include:

  • Higher levels of cycling safety and comfort for all ages and abilities
  • Integrated traffic calming measures to provide a safer pedestrian and cycling environment
  • Increased separation between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic
  • Creating an important north-south link to existing cycling network and future extensions
  • Constructing a cost-effective solution with minimal street reconstruction requirements
  • Renewing O'Connor Street for future Complete Street adaptability
  • Balancing the need to provide accessibility, as well as an appropriate amount of on-street parking and loading space.

Construction Staging and Phasing

The infrastructure is being constructed to extend and enhance the City's Cross-town Bikeway system. Construction of the bikeway will start in summer 2016 and is expected to end in the fall 2016. Exact dates will be defined at the end of detailed design. The approved project budget is $2.8M.

The constructability of the bikeway has been reviewed. While the works predominantly consist of line painting, there are signal modifications, underground utility works, concrete elements and asphaltic resurfacing to be completed throughout. Thiswill require temporary traffic diversion away from the work zones as required while construction is in progress. Notices for anticipated construction works affecting local businesses and residents will be provided in advance of the scheduled work.

In general, the work to be completed poses no particular challenge, however, in some cases temporary lane closures will be implemented to facilitate underground plant installation, placement of new asphalt surfaces or to provide an adeqaute work zone where narrow streets currently exist.

The Sounthbound O'Connor to Westbound Hwy 417 onramp will likely have to be closed for a few short durations to facilitate the construction of new traffic signals. These short duration closures will be coordinated with planned work to be completed by the MTO in the area. It is anticipated that a portion of this project will be completed at night in order to maintain adequate facility capacity for motor vehicle traffic.


Next Steps

Comments regarding the implementation of this project will be reviewed and considered by the design team. Submit comments by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, contact:

Justin Kurosky, Engineer
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal (West) Branch
100 Constellation Cres.
Ottawa, ON  K1J 7T2
613-580-2424, ext. 21712
Fax: 613-580-2587
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Kate Whitfield, Senior Project Manager
Parsons Corporation
1223 Michael St., Suite 100
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
613-738-4160, ext. 5242
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