One of Barrhaven’s most traveled roads is scheduled for a much-needed widening. Construction will begin in the spring of 2019 on the widening of Strandherd Road between Jockvale Road and Maravista Drive. The road widening represents a significant upgrade that will help our community deal with both population and retail business growth, as well as ongoing rail safety issues.
The road widening will follow a similar modus operandi as the widening of Greenbank Road a few years ago. A temporary detour will be built around the current VIA Rail crossing while an overpass is built to eliminate the current level-grade rail crossing. We’re not sure if the proposed overpass will involve digging under existing track (as was done with Greenbank Road), or if the overpass will be above ground for vehicular traffic.
You can find more information about the project at the following City of Ottawa website:
Barrhaven residents are also invited to attend a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting on May 8, 2018, at 7pm in Room 202 of the Walter Baker Centre (100 Malvern Drive) where they will have an opportunity to meet the Design Team and view a brief presentation of the proposed changes to Strandherd Road. The presentation will be followed by a general question-and-answer session.
The project will also include improvements to cycling and pedestrian facilities between Jockvale and Greenbank (much needed!). The design period began in late 2017 and is to be completed by late 2018. Construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter, approximately late 2018 or 2019.
While we welcome this much-needed development, we continue to have concerns with respect to public safety – specifically, speeding by large construction vehicles along Strandherd Road. With the increase in pedestrian traffic brought about by recent commercial developments, better enforcement of existing speed limits for large vehicles needs to happen before a serious accident happens.