A lot has happened on the new multi-user path (aka bike path) being constructed along the east side of the OTrain from the Ottawa River to Young Street, which then joins the existing path that runs further south to Carling Avenue.
Someday, I might get to put up all the in-progress pictures, but here are some showing the state of the new path as of yesterday. We start at Young Street / the Queensway, and work north to end up at the Ottawa River near Bayview Station. Path is due for completion just when the snow flies.
This phase of construction begins at Young Street turning circle, where the connection west is via this narrow overpass over the OTrain cut. A new bridge is planned a bit further south, at Hickory, but alas the City thus far is presenting us with a narrow bridge there too.
Looking further south, along the NCC section of path going to Carling Avenue. This section also will be rebuilt and paved in the next few years.
From Young Street, looking north, under the Queensway, the path uses the underpass originally built to accommodate the Champagne Freeway. The drainage in the area has been repaired, and the landscaping will be constructed to make this a less dark and unfriendly area, with protection from people who sometimes lurk on the slopes on the Qway.
on the north side of the Qway, the informal parking lot used by St Anthony Club has been levelled and given topsoil in preparation for seeding. Large boulders are used throughout the project to keep cars at bay.
View from Gladstone Avenue, looking south (back towards the Qway). A city works yard is on the left. The shrubs along the fence has been cut back, but not dug out, so this fence line might be quite green again by summer. On the insistence of the PAC (public advisory committee) clusters of rocks are installed as rest benches for peds and cyclists.
The view north from Gladstone, where the path goes behind the large “Oak Street” government warehouse complex. With the dense undergrowth cleared out, and pathway lighting, the area is transformed.
Looking south from the Somerset Street viaduct where it goes over the OTrain tracks, the new path is obscured by the piles of dirt from the trench opened up to accommodate the ductwork for the pathway lighting. On the left is a gentle slope up to the level of the Somerset viaduct, where it will join the existing eastbound bike lane on Somerset.
The new slope down from Somerset viaduct to the new pathway. There may be a pedestrian shortcut installed to the right to get to the path for people walking northbound to Bayview Station.
Looking north from the Somerset viaduct towards Albert Street and Bayview Station. The area behind City Centre has been transformed by cleaning up, and shouldn’t be intimidating anymore.
The north side of the viaduct is a concrete retaining wall. It has been much patched and spalled and graphittied. These workers are “roughing up” the wall in preparation for spraying it in gunite (concrete the consistency of porridge).
The new bike underpass is in the foreground. It is being given additional coats of waterproofing. The OTrain underpass is in the background. It’s walls were sprayed in gunite a number of years ago.
Looking south from Bayview OTrain station. The path will come up to the station just by the ticket vending machine. It will run very close to the fence along the track. The bottom of the slope has been excavated in preparation for installing a precast retaining wall, the pieces of which lie scattered on the ground just to the left outside the picture.
The view north from Bayview Station, towards the Ottawa River Commuter Expressway, now known as the Sir John A McDonald Parkway.
Cyclists along the current River bike path see the new path start near the Prince of Wales railway bridge. The backhoe in the pic is digging holes for new trees being planted along the new path.