Terry Fox Drive

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Terry Fox Drive (Ottawa Road #61) is a major arterial road in Ottawa, Ontario and named for the late Canadian humanitarian, activist, and athlete Terry Fox. Located in the suburb of Kanata in the city's west end, the road is a major route for residents traveling to/from the north end of Kanata. Starting in the Kanata North Technology Park at an intersection with Herzberg Road, it crosses March Road and Innovation Drive and bisects an old growth forest, before heading south past Kanata Centrum. It crosses Highway 417, passes Katimavik and Glen Cairn, and ends at Eagleson Road, where it links up with Hope Side Road.

Features[edit]

Initially a minor road, Terry Fox Drive became a more important and busier road due to growing communities in Kanata and neighbouring Stittsville. The Kanata Centrum shopping complex, a Holiday Inn, a number of large-scale retail uses and Canadian Tire Centre (which began as the Palladium in 1996 and was later known as both the Corel Centre and Scotiabank Place) are now located along the road. OC Transpo's Terry Fox Station and Park and ride, opened in 2005, are also located near Kanata Centrum.

Terry Fox Drive is also the location of the City Hall of the former city of Kanata, located just southwest of the intersection with Palladium Drive.

Kanata's second Wal-Mart (a Wal-Mart Supercentre) opened in August 2012 and is located at the intersection of Terry Fox Drive and Fernbank Road (there is also a regular Wal-Mart in Kanata Centrum).

Future expansion projects[edit]

There have been several expansion and widening projects that occurred over the past years, and more are planned for the future. Mostly a two-lane road between Highway 417 and Hazeldean Road, this section was later widened to four lanes. From 2000 to 2006 it was gradually extended to the south where it crosses Fernbank Road and now continues on to Eagleson Road. It has also been extended to the north towards Kanata Avenue. There are future plans to connect the eastern segment of Terry Fox (at March Rd.) to the main segment.[1]

The first part will expand Terry Fox to four lanes from March to Flamborough and will extend Terry Fox from Flamborough to just past the Second Line (which will be extended to Terry Fox at the same time). As of June 2010, Goulbourn Forced Road has been diverted to Innovation Drive to avoid a 5-way intersection. Work on the rest is to be finished in 2011.

The expansion of Terry Fox Drive is quite controversial,[2] with opposition from the Sierra Club,[3] David Suzuki Foundation,[4] Greenpeace,[5] Robert Bateman [6] and many residents[7] because the road is planned to cut through a provincially significant wetland affecting 20 species at risk in this area:[8] including endangered species such as the Butternut Tree, American Ginseng, and the Blanding's Turtle.

Last remaining section of Terry Fox extension from Second Line to Kanata Ave opened for traffic 21 July 2011, finally connecting Kanata Lakes to Morgan's Grant. Still some landscaping work ongoing and official opening planned to mid-August.[9]

Speed limits[edit]

Speed limit through most of the southern section of Terry Fox is 70 km/h (43 mph), however for a small portion south of Glen Cairn, the speed limit is 80 km/h (50 mph), while near Hazeldean Road it is 60 km/h (37 mph). The Terry Fox section in Morgan's Grant and the Kanata Business Park has a speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph).

Neighbourhoods[edit]

Major Intersections[edit]

The following is a list of major intersections along Terry Fox Drive, from north to south:

  • Herzberg Road
  • Helmsdale Road
  • Legget Drive
  • McKinley Drive
  • March Road
  • Flamborough Way & Innovation Drive (formerly Goulbourn Forced Road)
  • Second Line Road
  • Richardson Side Road
  • Kanata Avenue
  • Campeau Drive
  • Highway 417
  • Palladium Drive & Katimavik Road
  • Maple Grove Road
  • Walter Baker Place & Edgewater Street
  • Hazeldean Road
  • Halkirk Avenue & Winchester Drive
  • Castlefrank Road
  • Cope Drive
  • Fernbank Road
  • Eagleson Road

Terry Fox Drive continues east past Eagleson Road as Hope Side Road.

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