City of Ottawa looks to spend $ 740,000 on old rail corridor in the west for future transportation
OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa is preparing to purchase a former CN rail corridor in the west, which could be used for transportation or recreation in the future.
A report from the Finance and Economic Development Committee recommends the purchase of the 32.5 kilometer Beachburg Subdivision Corridor for $ 740,000.
The corridor begins in the western Greenbelt and extends northwest to Kanata and ends at Morris Island Drive, just east of the Ottawa River. It runs south and west of Department of National Defense facilities, near existing employment and residential areas of Kanata, and has seven bridges and 52 culverts.
“The rail corridor has been decommissioned, has not been used for many years, and the tracks and ties have been withdrawn,” said the report of the FEDCO meeting on 5 October.
“The corridor is used and maintained by the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association (WCSTA), which has a 20-year license with CN which expires in 2038.”
Staff say the purchase of the corridor to Morris Island Drive allows the city to provide a potential connection to a location near the conservation area.
“The acquisition of the corridor and bridge lands will provide the city with the opportunity to improve the road network there and modernize the Carling Avenue cycling project without having to acquire the land independently,” indicates the report.
The City of Ottawa Official Plan Right-of-Way Protection Policy states that the City will purchase surplus rail rights-of-way and consider purchasing rail corridor properties as they become available, and will reserve them for use. future transport and infrastructure purposes.