Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Embassy of the United States of America (Ottawa)

National Capital Commission - Canada

City of Ottawa

City of Ottawa

March 06, 2010 12:00 ET

Stimulus Funds at Work in the Nation's Capital

Investment will improve Sussex Drive and create jobs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2010) - The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, American Ambassador David Jacobson, Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission, and City of Ottawa Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City of Ottawa's Transportation Committee, today announced $3,125,000 to establish a new bicycle lane along Sussex Drive, and replace concrete barricades with new, visually pleasing security bollards.

"A new bike lane on Sussex Drive is a good example of our Government's commitment to improve local infrastructure right here in Ottawa," said Minister Baird. "By investing in projects like this, the Government of Canada is following through on our commitment to fully implement the infrastructure stimulus package. These investments are creating jobs now, when they are needed most, and at the same time, positioning Canada for long-term growth and prosperity."

"We're pleased to be able to work with our partners to provide a visually appealing answer to securing our Embassy and our neighborhood. It's important to us to strike a balance between security, functionality and esthetic. We really appreciate being a part of this community and we strive to be good neighbors," said Ambassador Jacobson.

"This funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan will enable the National Capital Commission to add to the planned improvements to Confederation Boulevard, "said Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer at the National Capital Commission. "We will work with both the City of Ottawa and the U.S. Embassy to ensure that the solution provides pedestrians and cyclists along Sussex Drive with an enhanced experience."

"This is an innovative partnership and a prime example of how working together can get things done," said Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City of Ottawa's Transportation Committee. "This welcome solution will make it easier for people to get in and around the ByWard Market by bike and make the area more attractive for residents and visitors alike."

Federal funding in the amount of $2.5 million will come from the Government of Canada's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Embassy of the United States of America is contributing $500,000. The City of Ottawa will invest $125,000 for the relocation of the water and sewer mains required by the project, bringing the total eligible cost for this project to $3,125,000.

The new dedicated bicycle lane will be built along the east side of Sussex Drive from George Street to St. Patrick Street.

Jersey barriers are currently lined up to create a concrete barricade on Sussex Drive near the Embassy of the United States of America. The new security bollards will replace this barricade with attractive rigid posts arranged in a line to restrict the passage of cars and other vehicles. The bollards will offer a visually appealing security solution on this important route in Ottawa's downtown core, and allow the new bicycle lane to be created.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has committed $9.4 billion towards over 6,000 projects under a number of infrastructure funds, through Infrastructure Canada. When combined with contributions from the provinces, territories, municipalities and other funding partners, more than $27 billion has been committed for infrastructure projects in communities across the country.

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  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    American Embassy (Ottawa)
    Sophie Nadeau
    NCC Media Relations
    Maureen Hayes
    City of Ottawa
    Chris Day
    Infrastructure Canada