Planned improvements on Queen Elizabeth Driveway/Fifth Avenue
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the level of comfort and safety for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the parkways in Canada’s Capital Region, the National Capital Commission (NCC), in partnership with the City of Ottawa, is planning significant improvements to the crossing point at Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Fifth Avenue.
This work will be done in response to the NCC’s 2011 Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Study, completed with the participation of community associations and interest groups in the area, as well as representatives from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The study identified key crossing points along Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive, as well as solutions to enhance the safety and comfort of pedestrians and cyclists crossing at these locations.
What we are planning
We are currently working on the design of the planned improvements for this crossing point. To ensure better safety for the many pedestrians and cyclists crossing at this location, we are planning to install a traffic light that would be activated by pedestrians and cyclists, as needed.
A traffic light has the advantage of controlling the flow of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, providing a higher level of comfort for those crossing. Additional pavement markings and support signage will be installed.
This preliminary design will be presented to community stakeholders, who will have an opportunity to provide their comments this spring.