City preps multimillion-dollar Bank Street widening

Elizabeth Howell
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The city is preparing initial tendering documents for a $30-million widening of Bank Street, between Leitrim and Rideau roads.

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Traffic congestion from the Findlay Creek development, which will comprise 1,420 units by 2013, is pushing the southern Ottawa road to capacity, according to a document presented at the city's transportation committee last month.

The Central Canada Exhibition may also relocate to Rideau and Albion roads in 2012, causing a bump-up in traffic during the fair's run.

"Traffic volumes to accommodate this growth on Bank Street will exceed capacity by 2014 and widening of Bank Street will be required," the report read.

The first step of the project, approved by the city committee, is to create a request for proposals for the environmental assessment. The study must take into account cyclists and pedestrians while also evaluating the impact on the surrounding community and wetland.

The 18-month contract will be awarded late this year or early in 2012, with construction happening between 2016 and 2022, said spokesperson Barre Campbell in an e-mail to OBJ.

Geographic location: Ottawa

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  • K hyndman
    January 09, 2012 - 00:15

    Has anyone taken the time to look at this site.It is Rideau road andBowesville road,not Albion road.It is swamp land.The railway lines go through it so we will be playing into Diane Deans handsto extend the O rail that was rejected by council in2010/11.They have to run sewers and water all the way out to no where land. There is some people that are making alot of money or are about to.This is for 12 days. Ask your concillior where it is most think that it is at the slots. Our council we have this time are not to bright,they will pass anything.