Belfast Road between Coventry Road and Trainyards Drive re-opened to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on December 18, 2015.
I told Ottawa Community News that residents in Overbrook are “very pleased because it basically reopens an important link to the Trainyards shopping district.
“We’ve had to put up with a lot of pain … with the bridge being shut down because everybody would have to detour.”
Closed in May 2014 to facilitate construction of the O-Train Confederation Line Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility, residents living to the north of the Belfast Road overpass over Highway 417, which links to Coventry Road in Overbrook, were forced to drive the long way around, heading south on the Vanier Parkway and cutting across via Industrial Avenue.
“Basically, it adds a lot of time to the trip, and it also put a lot of pressure on businesses in the Trainyards because it wasn’t as easy to access."
“A lot of people stopped going and as a result some businesses did suffer.”
The reopening will therefore have a positive impact on local traffic and marks the total completion of work on the bridge. The bridge has dedicated cyclist infrastructure which also links to the new cycling lanes on Coventry Road.
The Adawe Crossing opened on Friday between Somerset and Donald streets. It is a safer, more direct pedestrian link between Overbrook and Sandy Hill.
Adàwe is an Algonquin word for trade, one that symbolizes the the river's historic importance.
The new $9.2 million bridge connects pedestrians and cyclists looking for a quicker route between Ottawa's Vanier and Overbrook neighbourhoods and Sandy Hill, the University of Ottawa, and the downtown core.
According to Metro Ottawa, more than 100 people strolled across footbridge on Friday for early ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Overbrook Community Association welcomes the addition of the bridge to the community. The Association participated in the City's commemorative naming process for the crossing.
I told CBC News Ottawa: "We're absolutely ecstatic." Without a crossing, people would either wade through the shallow waters or head north to the much busier Cummings Bridge, said King. "This is wonderful because it's just singularly for pedestrians and cyclists."
I told Metro Ottawa: “It’s been a long time in the making. Everybody was putting pressure ... to open up early because it’s a wonderful, direct link."
I recently told the Ottawa Community News that residents in Overbrook are seeking "mature neighbourhood" designation for the community.
The mature neighbourhood label would make development in Overbrook subject to a new infill bylaw that was passed by city council in March and addresses low-rise residential development. The bylaw only applies to a specific central area of the city, made up of older neighbourhoods such as Sandy Hill and Lowertown.
Under the bylaw, Infill I, developers must look at 21 surrounding properties in a streetscape character analysis to determine the area’s defining features in the planning stage. These include aspects such as parking, landscaping and the location of front doors.
I said in the article that including Overbook in the map of mature neighbourhoods will help to preserve Overbrook’s character.
“It provides us with an additional tool to protect our long history and heritage in terms of the character and design of the neighbourhood.”
I also said the neighbourhood has seen an increase in infill development recently as builders have bought post war single-family homes and replaced them with multi-unit dwellings.
“The bylaw seeks to ensure some consistency. We’re not saying we don’t want multi-unit dwellings in Overbrook. We have a number of those and we’ll continue to see them… we know development is coming, but it should be more consistent with what exists in the neighbourhood.”