Parking, traffic and police officers will be out in numbers next week, while officials behind the scenes will be monitoring traffic flow in Ottawa’s core.
The City of Ottawa is implementing an initiative it hopes with improve traffic flow in the city’s downtown as many residents resume their regular work routines.
The initiative is called “Downtown That Moves,” and it will run from Tuesday, September 3 to Sunday, October 6.
During that time, parking control officers will be out in numbers issuing tickets to illegally parked vehicles, traffic officers will have tow trucks on standby to remove vehicles from tow-away zones, and police officers will enforce turn restrictions at key intersections and ensure that bus lanes on Albert Street and Slater Street are free of non-transit vehicles.
Motorists are reminded to read all posted signage closely before parking downtown, as some ‘pay and display’ areas in the downtown core convert to ‘no stopping — tow away’ zones during peak hours.
Behind the scenes, the city officials are expected to monitor traffic flow, manage OC Transpo resources and oversee construction projects to minimize impacts to traffic during peak hours.
During a similar initiative in June, City of Ottawa By-law and Regulatory Services issued 800 no-stopping infractions and had 35 vehicles towed during a two-week downtown blitz. The Ottawa Police Service issued more than 120 charges to 119 drivers.