Colonel By Drive to close to traffic all summer
NCC dedicating more of its parkways to active use such as walking, cycling
The National Capital Commission (NCC) will completely close a five-kilometre section of Colonel By Drive to vehicles this summer to give residents more room to move during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCC announced Friday that Colonel By between Daly Avenue, beside the Shaw Centre, to Canal Woods Terrace, near Bronson Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic 24/7 from July 2 to Sept. 6.
The NCC has already closed sections of Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and Sir John A. Macdonald Parkways during certain times to encourage active use such as walking and cycling.
Queen Elizabeth Driveway will close from Somerset Street W. to Fifth Avenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, from May 3 until June 30.
A combined 17 kilometres of parkway along the Ottawa River will also be dedicated to active use from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, until Oct. 11.
That includes the entire westbound Sir John A.Macdonald Parkway from the Canadian War Museum to Carling Avenue, and both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway from the Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard.
Starting May 1, vehicles will be allowed on certain parkways in Gatineau Park only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- A previous version of this story incorrectly said Queen Elizabeth Driveway would also be closed on weekends from June 30 until Thanksgiving.Apr 30, 2021 3:01 PM ET