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William Street Pedestrian Area Project Re-direction of traffic & partial street closure trial period starting April 26

The much anticipated improved public space and pedestrian friendly area known as the William Street Pedestrian Area Project has been approved by City Council and will be phased in two parts during the trial period April 26 to early September, 2010.

Please let us know what you think of the modifications, by email at bywardmarket@ottawa.ca: or phone at 613-244-4410.

Phase 1 of implementation is to begin on Monday, April 26, 2010. The following modifications will be introduced:

1) Install no turn signs facing eastbound and westbound traffic on Clarence Street at William Street with tab signs “Deliveries excepted 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.”

2) Hood the 4 parking meters on west side of William Street between Clarence Street and York Street as there is no access.

Phase 2 of the trial period will be implemented on Monday, May 3, 2010. Modifications will include the following:

1) Change/install all “One-way” Signs on William Street between Clarence Street and York Street to direct traffic northbound. Install “Do Not Enter” signs on William Street facing traffic on Clarence Street.

2) Remove parking meters and permissive signage on west side of William Street between Clarence Street and York Street and install “No Stopping Anytime”

3) Install signs on William Street facing south at York Street to allow “Delivery Access 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.” (similar to those used for Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall).

Your input is sought. A decision will be taken in early August based on the outcome of the trial period to proceed with construction to make the changes permanent or leave it as it was prior to April 26th. Should construction take place in 2010 it would not begin until after Labour Day.

As part of the implementation of the ByWard Market Program By-law an area with mostly imported art and craft is being created on the north side of York St. between William and York. This too is a trial and based on its success some improvements to the sidewalk and vending area may proceed in the fall. The sidewalk along York East will be increased by an extra 6 feet making the stands a full 10’ X 10’ on a raised concrete pad. This will also allow parking behind the stands making it a win-win for vendors and shoppers. Traffic counts and observations will be made, however, we wish to hear from members of the public too.