New cycling lanes on MacKenzie Avenue

Photo of the signature of the MOU with the City of Ottawa and the US Embassy.
NCC CEO Dr. Mark Kristmanson, United States Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman and City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson signing the project’s memorandum of understanding.

The National Capital Commission (NCC), the City of Ottawa and the Embassy of the United States are working collaboratively to improve mobility on Confederation Boulevard by constructing dedicated cycling lanes on MacKenzie Avenue. On March 1, 2016, the partners signed the project’s memorandum of understanding to launch the tender for the construction work planned for the spring.

The jointly developed plan includes a partially raised, bi-directional cycling facility, on the east side of MacKenzie Avenue, which will be built to the design standards of Confederation Boulevard. The plan also includes the removal of the existing jersey barriers in front of the Embassy of the United States, as well as the installation of security bollards.

The addition of a cycling facility on MacKenzie Avenue is identified in Phase 1 of the City of Ottawa’s 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan and in the NCC’s Pathway Network for Canada’s Capital Region strategic plan, both of which received extensive public input. The project is also identified in the City of Ottawa’s Term of Council Priorities.

The new cycling facility will connect the existing cycling lanes on Sussex Drive, St. Patrick Street and the Alexandra Bridge to Wellington Street / Rideau Street and the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The configuration of vehicle lanes at the Wellington Street / Rideau Street intersection will remain the same. The project will also include the removal of on-street parking spaces on the east side of MacKenzie Avenue.

The proposed improvements, which should be completed by early 2017, will become a legacy of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017.

For more information about the project, please visit the City of Ottawa website.