Reversible lanes for Prince of Wales

Reversible lanes for Prince of Wales
Posted on October 21, 2013 | William (Bill) Toms | Written on September 27, 2013
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Ottawa Sun

Dear Councillor Egli,

The Ward meeting was quite pleasant. Thanks for doing it at the Sportsplex and even getting the Mayor to talk about "dumps". Most of us waste lovers prefer less pejorative terms to that used to describe these vital parts of the waste
On another subject, I wonder if reversible lanes are worth the expense. The Portage bridge seems to work but they make you have at least three people in the car to use it. Has any thought gone into whether reversible lanes would be good on the proposed PoW expansion? That road is a parking lot morning and evening for Barrhavenites with one person per car being the norm. 

Instead of four lanes of traffic, could we have three lanes (with the middle lane being reversible) and two bike lanes as per the picture in the Ottawa Sun:


Letter Response

Good Afternoon Mr. Toms,
Thank you for emailing Councillor Egli with your suggestion of using reversible lanes for the Prince of Wales Widening. We have followed up with the project manager on this file who has explained that reversible lanes were not considered as an option for this project because reversible lanes are best used where vehicle speed is low, which is not the case on Prince of Wales. As well, there is no extra available road right of way to use for reversible lanes in this area.
Thank you for your suggestion. If we can ever help you with another issue in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kindest Regards,
Sheena Bolton
Office of Councillor Keith Egli
Ward 9 - Knoxdale-Merivale
613.580.2424 ext. 27444
Follow Councillor Egli on Twitter: @keithegli

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BA (Honours Economics) MA York University
Federal Public Servant for 33 years at National Energy Board, Energy Mines & Resources (NRCAN), Bureau of Competition Policy, Environment Canada and Finance Canada... More