Colonel By and Clegg Intersection Won’t Be the Same

By Stuart Inglis

Change may finally be coming to the intersection of Clegg Street and Colonel By Drive.

This is the proposed intersection at Colonel By Drive and Clegg Street. GRAPHIC SUPPLIED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION

This is the proposed intersection at Colonel By Drive and Clegg Street. GRAPHIC SUPPLIED BY THE NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION

Today, in a small area, pedestrians and cyclists compete with cars to access the Colonel By recreation pathway or to filter through traffic as they make their way north or south on Echo Drive. Local residents battle commuter traffic just to get in and out of their neighbourhood.
Recent lane reductions on Main Street have only increased pressure on the intersection.

The National Capital Commission has advanced plans that could see improvements to the crossing completed by spring or summer 2015. This would be a narrow window before Main Street reconstruction begins in earnest.

Plans for the crossing were available for viewing at a recent open house hosted by the NCC. They remain available on the NCC’s website.

The plans respond to many safety issues for which the community has long sought a fix. The proposed new crossing substantially changes the Clegg-Col. By intersection. It would add traffic lights to control flow on both thoroughfares. It would limit access to Echo Drive to cyclists and pedestrians only.

The changes should be a huge improvement for pedestrians and cyclists looking for access to the Rideau Canal. The changes would make it safer for north-south bike commuters on Echo Drive to cross Clegg. They would simply divert their path slightly to cross in front of traffic stopped at the intersection rather than filtering dangerously through cars.
Motorists may find the changes to be good and bad. Turning left from Clegg to Colonel By southbound will be easier and safer at peak periods. However, northbound traffic may see occasional delays. Rght turns from Clegg to Colonel By will not be permitted on a red light.
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