The abandoned corridor is approximately 35 km long and on average 30 meters wide.
A report due to the city’s financial and economic development committee on Tuesday urges the city to buy a disused railroad corridor at the rural west end.
Buying the $ 740,000 corridor would offer an opportunity to improve the road network and upgrades to the Carling Avenue Cycling project without having to independently acquire the land, the report said.
It would also protect the corridor for future transportation purposes and provide an alternative opportunity to connect the western rural community with the rest of the city. In the meantime, it may be a multi-purpose path.
The abandoned corridor is approximately 35 km long and on average 30 meters wide. It passes south and west of the Department of National Defense facilities along the eastern edge of Kanata and through farmland and rural subdivisions west of Ottawa before ending just east of the Ottawa River. It also includes a narrow railway bridge over Carling Avenue.
The Canadian National Railway announced to the city that it accepted the offer to purchase the corridor in February 2020. The city has a policy of purchasing excess rail rights to reserve them for future transportation and infrastructure. Parts of the corridors have become part of the LRT system.
CN has requested that the transaction be completed in 2021.
The railway corridor has been taken out of service, has not been used for railway transport for many years, and the railway tracks and tracks have been removed. It has been improved with seven bridges and 52 culverts, but does not include a railroad bridge crossing the Ottawa River.
The corridor is used and maintained by the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association, which has a 20-year license with CN that expires in 2038. The club has repaired four bridges and upgraded 19 miles of the trail, according to the report.
“Securing this linear corridor to Morris Island Drive enables the city to provide a potential connection to a location just a few hundred meters from the main entrance to the Morris Island Conservation Area,” the report said.
“This nature reserve is located on the south south bank of the Ottawa River and consists of 27 acres of wooded woodland and wetlands that allow for a wide variety of recreational activities.”
If the Economic and Economic Development Committee approves the recommendation, it will go to council on 13 October.