Huntmar Bridge and pedestrian safety

Huntmar Bridge and pedestrian safety
Posted on June 16, 2015 | Glen Gower | Written on June 16, 2015
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City Councillor Shad Qadri

Author's Note:

Author's Note:

The Huntmar Bridge over the Queensway connects a major shopping facility (Tanger Outlets), a major entertainment venue (Canadian Tire Centre) and the communities of Kanata North and Stittsville.  The bridge accomodates two lanes of car traffic, but is too narrow for sidewalks and is closed to pedestrians.  It could be 2026 before the bridge is widened.   

Fairwinds is a neighbourhood about 1km south of the bridge.  The Fairwinds Community Association believes that the bridge is a major safety hazard and should be modified to allow pedestrians to cross safely.

To: Councillor Shad Qadri
Cc: Councillor Wilkinson, Mayor Watson

Re: Huntmar Bridge

On behalf of the residents of the Fairwinds Community in your ward, we are writing today to express our concerns with the Huntmar Bridge over Highway 417.

It seems that little thought was given to the additional traffic – vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian – that would need to use this bridge with the opening of the Tanger Outlet mall as well as the development of the Minto community just north of the highway.

The expectation that pedestrians should use the Terry Fox bridge as an alternative is simply unfathomable, as is the admission by your council colleague Marianne Wilkinson that  “development is outpacing infrastructure” in this area.

While we understand the structural limitations of the existing bridge prevent the widening of the structure, this is only a limitation if one accepts that the bridge must serve simultaneous two-way traffic.

It is the opinion of the Fairwinds Community Association that alternative approaches to traffic flow in this area would bring Huntmar Drive in line with the priorities for multi-modal roadways set out in the city’s Transportation Master Plan (2013) and the Kanata West Concept Plan, connecting the growing communities of Fairwinds and Arcadia in a more comprehensive way.

Two of these alternatives include:

  • a signal-controlled alternating one-way traffic lane, similar to that which was in place during construction on the Carp Road bridge, which would allow for the addition of both sidewalks and a segregated bike lane within the confines of the existing structure; or
  • designating the bridge and the stretch of Huntmar between Campeau and Palladium as one-way, routing opposite-direction traffic around to the bridge at the Palladium exit from the 417

We eagerly await your reply to our suggestion and any insight you can provide on how best to move this recommendation forward.

Sincerely,

Glen Gower, President
Fairwinds Community Association

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Glen Gower was elected as City Councillor for Stittsville in 2018.

Volunteering and public service has been an important part of Glen’s life for as long as he can remember, and continues to be a focus in his... More