Bollard test on Sparks Street aims to restore the 'pedestrian' mall

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, July 4, 2018

The City of Ottawa and Sparks Street Mall Authority are making their first big play to make Sparks Street a true pedestrian mall by installing vehicle-blocking bollards at the entrances.

Court Curry, the city’s manager of right-of-way, heritage and urban design services, said the steel bollards installed at each intersection will become a two-year pilot project. Workers are currently installing the footings and the actual bollards will be popped in around mid-July.

The 40-50 bollards have a total cost of $50,000. The mall authority, which collects a levy from property owners, is paying for the bollards.

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