Crossing enhancements along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Crossing enhancements along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway
Crossing enhancements along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway

The National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa are working collaboratively to develop designs to enhance two additional crossing locations on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway; one at Queen Elizabeth Place and another at Commissioners Park. The addition of crossing enhancements on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway is identified in the NCC's Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Study (2011) and the City of Ottawa’s Term of Council Priorities (2015–2018).

Tell Us What You Think!
by Sunday June 26.

You have the opportunity to review the proposed designs for the following crossings:

  • A pedestrian crossover across the Queen Elizabeth Driveway on the east side of Queen Elizabeth Place
  • A pedestrian crossover mid-block in Commissioners Park.

Get informed on pedestrian crossovers.

Queen Elizabeth Place Crossing

Map showing the project site located at the intersection of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Queen Elizabeth Place.

The proposed design provides a raised pedestrian crossover on the east side of Queen Elizabeth Place. To improve overall sightlines at the intersection, the right turn lane has been removed, other lanes have been realigned and the speed limit has been reduced to 40km/h in the vicinity of the Queen Elizabeth Place intersection.

Queen Elizabeth Place: Existing Condition
Queen Elizabeth Place: Photo Rendering of Proposed Improvements
Queen Elizabeth Place: Design Drawing of Proposed Improvements

Notations on the design drawing provide additional detail on the proposed construction, in accordance with the following legend:

  1. Pedestrian crossover signage with rapid flashing beacon
  2. Raised concrete pedestrian crossing
  3. Right turn lane removed and alignment of through lane adjusted to improve sightlines
  4. New depressed curb at Queen Elizabeth Place
  5. Existing depressed curb replaced with full height curb near canal
  6. Increased boulevard space between existing recreational pathway and vehicular traffic
  7. Speed limit reduced to 40km/h in the vicinity of Queen Elizabeth Place

Commissioners Park Crossing

Map of Commissioners Park, showing the project site located on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, approximately halfway between Preston Street and Crescent Heights.

The proposed design provides a raised pedestrian crossover mid-block in Commissioners Park. An additional pathway connection will be provided to the east.

Due to sightline constraints, pedestrian crossings of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway near The Man With Two Hats monument will be discouraged through landscaping and curb modifications.

Commissioners Park pedestrian crossover: Existing Condition
Commissioners Park pedestrian crossover: Photo Rendering of Proposed Improvements
Commissioners Park: Design Drawing of Proposed Improvements

Commissioners Park at The Man With Two Hats monument: Existing Condition
Commissioners Park at The Man With Two Hats monument: Photo Rendering of Proposed Improvements

Notations on the design drawing provide additional detail on the proposed construction in accordance with the following legend:

  1. Pedestrian crossover signage with rapid flashing beacon
  2. Raised concrete pedestrian crossing
  3. New asphalt pathway link to the east
  4. Depressed curbs at The Man With Two Hats monument replaced with full height curb and plantings

Next Steps

The crossing designs will be finalized in summer 2016 after a review of comments received. 

The crossing at Queen Elizabeth Place will be built first. Construction of the Commissioners Park crossing will proceed at a later date, pending confirmation of funding availability. The timing for construction will be determined when the detailed design is complete.

Background

In June of 2011, the NCC undertook a Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Study which included community involvement and identified priority crossing locations for improvement. Improvements have been previously undertaken at the following locations:

The designs now provided for pedestrian crossing improvements on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway at Queen Elizabeth Place and Commissioners Park are a continuation of this initiative.