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Merivale Road to be closed for Highway 417 bridge construction

For immediate release:                         
August 10, 2018

Ottawa – Starting Monday, August 13 at 6 am, Merivale Road will be closed in both directions for approximately ten weeks between Island Park Drive and Carling Avenue.  

The closure is required for public and worker safety reasons, as the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) completes construction to widen Highway 417 between Maitland Avenue and Island Park Drive. The work involves widening of the Merivale Road Bridge.


Laroche Park renewal and remediation plans

On July 25, the City held the first of three public consultations for the renewal and remediation of Laroche Park. The Mechanicsville Community was invited to review initial concept plans and provide its initial feedback. The presentation (posted here) included the background of the park and proposed work to be included as part of the renewal project. An accessible format of the attached presentation and comment sheet will soon be posted on the City of Ottawa website.


The comment period will remain open until September 14th, 2018.



Filing Traffic Reports Online: Public meeting August 15

Our office and the Ottawa Police Service invite you to attend a meeting August 15, 7pm at the Van Lang Fieldhouse to discuss how to report traffic issues to the police.

Traffic continue to be a main concern for residents of Kitchissippi Ward. The more we intensify, the more cars we seem to find on our streets. Our office gets multiple emails a day about cars that drive too fast, cruise through stop signs, or don’t follow various signage restrictions (local traffic, one-way, no right turns, etc).


Churchill and Athlone bridge work starting soon

Work will begin soon on the Churchill and Athlone bridges over the west Transitway. Here is the notice sent to nearby residents:


Churchill Bridge and Athlone Bridge Reconstruction

(over the West transitway)

Contract No. ISD17-5015




July 2018



Dear Resident,



Some current and upcoming road closures

You don't have to look far in Kitchissippi Ward to see that construction season is in full force. Here is one current and two upcoming road closures to keep in mind as you make your way around the ward.

Earlier this week, Redwood was closed from Byron to Dovercourt. Here is the flyer sent to local residents:




In accordance with The Road Activity By-law 2003-445, permission is hereby granted for you to close the following roadway: 


Compromise on Holland Avenue bike detour

Please see attached the details of the compromise reached for the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge bike detour along Holland Avenue.


Sherbourne construction coming soon

Construction is coming soon to the north end of Sherbourne Road.  Pre-construction activities will begin in late July with actual construction coming in early August. Here is the flyer the City recently distributed to residents within or near the construction zone.


Sherbourne Road

Watermain Replacement Project


Dovercourt Sidewalk Open House to be held July 31

The City of Ottawa is planning a sidewalk for the south side of Dovercourt and will be flyering the area soon about an open house to be held July 31 at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Just in case you miss the flyer or don't live in the immediate neighbourhood, here it is!


Open House

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Dovercourt Recreation Centre

411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa, K2A 0S9

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Drop-In)

Dear Resident,


417 ramp closure / Merivale road closure update

We have two updates on the 417 widening work and some traffic impacts.


Scheduled to begin on August 7, the Carling Avenue 417 Westbound on-ramp will be closed for a minimum of nine weeks. Signage will be present advising motorists of the ramp closure and providing alternate access points to the highway westbound. If any changes to this scheduled closure arise, we will notify residents as soon as possible. The MTO does not anticipate any further long ramp closures this year.



Laroche Park Open House! July 25, 7:00-8:30pm

Laroche Park: Community Consultation for Park and Community Building Redevelopment

Last year, we consulted with Kitchissippi Ward on how to spend our Cash-in-Lieu funds. The top priority for the Ward is a new field house for Laroche Park. Over the past several months, we have been pressing staff to begin getting this project underway in earnest, as our CIL funds are building up. In addition to a new field house, there will also be the long-awaited Sens Rink.