Other tales of obstructed turning views from across Ottawa

It seems there are a few people with similar stories of well-meaning things making it more difficult to see ongoing traffic.

Stone signs and bright lights peeve readers

Yesterday's observation about a Richmond Road intersection's issues prompted some reader to write in. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Good morning commuters!

Yesterday I wrote about a poorly-placed bus shelter on the south side of Richmond Road at Wavell Avenue.

It blocks the view of oncoming eastbound traffic on Richmond, if you're trying to get on there from Wavell.

Seems there's a few people with similar issues.

Michael wrote to me about one in Nepean.

"Most of the tenants of a building located on the corner of Craig Henry Drive and Greenbank Road own vehicles and many use them on a daily basis.

Access to the underground parking is from Craig Henry.

There's a short dedicated lane for turning into the driveway ramp before crossing the opposing lane.

At this location is the large concrete/brick monument that spans the median.

This structure effectively blocks the sightlines to oncoming traffic, creating an obvious safety hazard."

The apartment is just off Greenbank Road. (Google Street View)

Meantime, Langley is bothered by a bus shelter:

"The intersection of Bearbrook Road and Westpark Drive in Blackburn Hamlet has two issues.

The first is that the bus shelter on the northwest corner seriously blocks the view of traffic coming south along Bearbrook for people exiting Westpark onto Bearbrook.

The second issue is that the sign for Louis Riel high school on the northeast side of the road has a glaring white light directly in the eyes of people travelling north through the intersection at night."

(Google Street View last went through here seven years ago and doesn't have an up-to-date photo).

Have a great day!

If you have a traffic or commuter gripe about driving, cycling or being a pedestrian commuter — anything from problem intersections, to parking, to inefficient routes — send it to Doug at

And remember, you can share what you see on the roads with me on Twitter at @cbcotttraffic. Or give me a ring at 613-288-6900.

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Doug Hempstead

CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist

Doug Hempstead is CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist and can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and All In A Day. Sometimes, he even sleeps. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he is a musician and family man - married with two daughters. Doug is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the region covering all types of news. He welcomes your input on traffic issues and can be called directly while the shows are airing at 613-288-6900. Tweet him at @cbcotttraffic or @DougHempstead. His e-mail is


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