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Lane closures at south end of Colonel By Drive beginning October 30, 2013

Work will begin on Wednesday, October 30, for the construction of a pedestrian refuge island between the two traffic lanes of Colonel By Drive. Work will continue until the end of November 2013 and will require traffic lane closures. Motorists and cyclists are asked to use the Queen Elizabeth Driveway during the work.

During the construction period, for a distance of 150 metres, the traffic lanes of Colonel By Drive, in the Hartwell Locks area, behind Carleton University’s buildings, will be closed alternately. Flag persons and directional signage will be on site to direct traffic on the opened lane of Colonel By Drive. Users can expect traffic delays. Work will be conducted Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 7 pm, weather permitting.

On Saturday, November 2, both traffic lanes of Colonel By Drive, from Hog’s Back Road to Bronson Avenue, will be closed from 7 am to 7 pm.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists and cyclists to respect the flag persons and the directional signage installed on the construction site to ensure their safety. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to keep on using the Rideau Canal Recreational Pathway during the work.

Work includes the construction of a pedestrian refuge island and installation of the signage required, as well as the addition of four streetlights. Once work is completed, pedestrians and cyclists will have an easier and safer crossing point to access the Rideau Canal Recreational Pathway and the Rideau Canal shorelines.

In 2011, the NCC completed the Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Study with the participation of community associations and interest groups of the area, as well as representatives from Carleton and Ottawa universities. The study identified key crossing points along Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive and solutions to enhance the safety and the comfort level for crossing pedestrians and cyclists in these locations. The NCC is now proceeding with the improvement work.