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Local residents flock to Viseneau/Barrington traffic study open house

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The City of Ottawa held an open house on Tuesday to allow members of the public to provide their input in regards to addressing the increasing level of aggressive driving along Viseneau Drive and Barrington Street in the Orléans community of Chateauneuf. Fred Sherwn/Photo

Residents living along Barrington Street and Viseneau Drive in the Orléans community of Chateaneuf have been dealing with a gradual increase in traffic and agressive driving behaviour ever since Innes Road started to become a commercial corridor in 2004.

But it's only been in the last four years with the opening of the Empire Theatre Complex and The Athletic Club directly across from the southern access point to Viseneau that the situation has become a lot worse.

On Tuesday, residents living on the two streets were able to have their first say in finding ways to curb the aggressive driving behaviour that has made the situation increasingly unsafe,

Sylvie Lamarre has been living at the corner of Viseneau and Barrington for the last 10 years. She's noticed a significant increase in both the level of traffic and the amount of drivers ignoring the stop sign at the intersection.

"They sort of roll through the stop sign or ignore it altogether," says Lamarre. "It's a very dangerous situation, especially for the kids using the park."

High volume and aggresive drivers are also an issue at the coner of Barrington and Beausejour where Guy Deslaurier lives. He would like to see a heightened police presence at the intersection.

"They could hand out tickets to ever second car, it's that bad," says Deslauriers, who would also like to see the city extend the no parking zone on the east side of Barrington all the way to Teslin Court.

According to long-time resident Ian Dyck, the situation is equally bad at the Innes Road end of Viseneau, where cars turning northbound onto the street from Innes make pulling out of his driveway a crap shoot.

"I'm the second house on the east side of the street so you may be about to back out and there's no cars coming, and in the couple of seconds when you actually back out onto the streets a car is already on top of you -- and it's constant sometimes," said Dyck.

"Trying to go southbund on Viseneau is even worse because you can have 15-20 cars backed up with the light."

A number of the 50 or so residents who came to the traffic study open house at the Orléans branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Tuesday, suggested that the city should open the south end of Boyer Street to create a third access point to the local community along with Viseneau and Belcourt futher to the east.

But according to City of Ottawa transportation planner Brian Tweedie, the scope of the study is limited to traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and street narrowing. The study team doesn't have the authority to recommend possible street closures of openings.

A similar study that was recently completed on Belcourt resulted in a recommendation to implement five speed bumps on the street between Innes Road and Jeanne. A recommendation to narrow the street at two points was ultimately rejected after concerns were raised by area cyclists that it would force them on to the sidewalk.

The Viseneau/Barrington study team will take the public's input from Tuesday's open house and formulate a number of mitigation measures which will likely include a combination of speed bumps and street narrowing, A second public consultation will be held after the recommendations are released in the fall.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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