Welcome to the Public Information Session for the reconstruction of Rideau Valley Drive South in the Village of Kars (Stevens Creek to Roger Stevens Drive).
This project is required to address the poor condition of the roadway and storm sewer system. It will also improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in the village.
North of Dorack Drive, the project will involve constructing a multi-use pathway on the east side of Rideau Valley Drive South.
South of Dorack Drive, the project will involve:
- Replacing the existing storm sewer, including its outlet to Stevens Creek, and
- Reconstructing and upgrading Rideau Valley Drive South, including new cycling facilities, sidewalks and a parking lane.
At today’s Public Information Session, the study team is seeking your feedback on the proposed improvements.
Please sign in at the registration table.
City and consultant staff are available to answer any questions you may have. We also encourage you to complete a comment sheet before leaving.
Rideau Valley Drive South - Road and Sewer Reconstruction [ PDF – 5.45 MB ]
Environmental Assessment (EA) Process
This study is following the approved environmental planning process for Schedule B projects under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA). Key steps are illustrated in the diagram to the right.
At the end of the study, a Project File Report will be prepared documenting the planning process. The Project File Report will be made available for a 30-day public review period. A notice will be published at that time to explain the review process and identify where the file is available
During the public review period, you are encouraged to discuss any concerns you may have about the project with the project team. If there are unresolved concerns about the project, you may request that the Ministry of the Environment “bump up” this project (i.e., issue a “Part II Order”). A Part II Order may lead to the preparation of an individual Environmental Assessment.
At the end of the public review period, if no bump-up requests have been submitted to the Minister, this project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Class EA.
- Review project need and document existing conditions – Notice of Study Commencement (November 14, 2014)
- Review project need and document existing conditions
- Identify preferred solution and develop preliminary design – PIS (November 27, 2014)
- Prepare Project File Report – 30-day Public Review of Project File (January 2015)
- Prepare detailed design
- Prepare construction drawings and specifications and obtain required environmental approvals
Tender for construction (Spring 2015)
Rideau Valley Drive South was resurfaced north of Dorack Drive in 2014. This segment includes paved shoulders but no dedicated pedestrian facilities.
The pavement and sidewalks on Rideau Valley Drive South between Dorack Drive and Stevens Creek are in poor condition. This portion of the road was last resurfaced in 1988. The pavement and sidewalks on Rideau Valley Drive South between Dorack Drive and Stevens Creek are in poor condition. This portion of the road was last resurfaced in 1988.
Kars on the Rideau Public School, accessible from the east at a signalized pedestrian crosswalk, is located immediately south of Dorack Drive.
The storm sewer underlying Rideau Valley Drive South south of Dorack Drive is shallow, under-sized and deteriorating
The storm sewer outfall is located west of the bridge, in Stevens Creek. It is under-sized and blocked by debris.
The Kars Vision Statement aims to improve safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists within the village
The Ottawa Cycling Plan (2013) designates Rideau Valley Drive South as a spine cycling route north of Dorack Drive, and as a local cycling route south of Dorack Drive.
Land uses along the corridor are primarily residential. Uses also include two churches, a cemetery, and several small businesses including clinics, garages and a gas station.
The project limits are considered an area of archaeological potential. Three buildings along Rideau Valley Drive South are designated heritage buildings.
Some soil and groundwater contamination is present near commercial garages at the south end of the study area and will require management during construction.
No animal or plant Species at Risk (SAR) have been documented within the study area.
Alternative Planning Solutions
Three possible solutions were identified to address the issues identified along Rideau Valley Drive South:
- Option 1: Do nothing;
- Option 2: Rehabilitate the existing storm sewer/outlet and reconstruct the roadway; or
- Option 3: Replace the existing storm sewer/outlet with larger facilities and reconstruct the roadway.
As the existing facilities are in poor condition and the storm sewer has insufficient capacity, Option 3 is preferred.
Design Requirements for Road Reconstruction
The reconstructed Rideau Valley Drive South from Dorack Drive to Stevens Creek will include the following elements:
- One 4.25-m shared-use lane in each direction;
- One 2.5-m parking lane on the east side of Rideau Valley Drive South
- One 1.8- to 2-metre concrete sidewalk on each side of Rideau Valley Drive South
Recommended Cycling Facilities
The Ottawa Cycling Plan (2013) directs the City to consider new cycling facilities as part of road reconstruction projects.
North of Dorack Drive, a 2.5- to 3-metre multi-use pathway (MUP) is recommended on the east side of Rideau Valley Drive South.
South of Dorack Drive, 4.25-metre shared-use lanes are recommended.
Both recommended facilities meet City standards, are consistent with the Kars Vision Statement, and avoid property takings.
Environmental Impacts and Mitigation
No permanent property takings will be required. Some grading and temporary disturbance may impact properties adjacent to Rideau Valley Drive South south of Dorack Drive. All disturbed property and landscaping will be reinstated after construction is complete.
Traffic Operations and Access
No changes are proposed to the existing pedestrian signal south of Commodore Drive. Short-term speed limit reductions and lane closures are required and may result in disruptions to traffic operations. A traffic management plan will be developed to minimize the impact of closures.
Stockpiled materials and construction waste have the potential to contaminate the surrounding environment if not managed properly. Dust emissions may result from construction activities. Construction waste will be removed off-site and managed by the Contractor in accordance with provincial standards. The Contractor will implement procedures to control emissions of dust and other debris.
Wildlife & Species at Risk
Nesting birds, wildlife and Species at Risk (SAR) may be impacted during construction, although no SAR were observed in the study area. Vegetation clearing will not take place from May 1 – August 31 to avoid disturbing nesting birds. If encountered, nesting birds, wildlife and SAR will be protected in accordance with provincial standards. Protection measures will be provided during construction at Stevens Creek to prevent impacts to wildlife in adjacent habitat.
Vegetation and landscaping within the right-of-way, including several mature trees north of Blue Rock Avenue, may require removal to accommodate construction. Consideration will be given to reinstating any removed trees and shrubs in-kind (1:1 ratio). Vegetation that does not require removal will be protected from construction activities.
Construction activities will result in elevated noise levels. The contractor will maintain equipment in good operating condition to prevent unnecessary noise and restrict idling of equipment to the minimum necessary to perform the work.
Fish and Fish Habitat
Reconstruction of new stormwater outfall may require fill below the high water mark of Stevens Creek and possibly in-water work. Erosion and sediment control measures, such as silt fencing, will be implemented to minimize impacts to fish habitat. Appropriate isolation measures will be used to minimize effects on fish and fish habitat.
Archaeological remains may be disturbed during construction. As the study area is considered an area of archaeological potential, further investigation will take place prior to construction. If archaeological resources are encountered during project work, they will be protected in accordance with provincial standards.
Soil & Groundwater
Construction activities may disturb contaminated soil and groundwater. Additional sampling and risk assessment will take place prior to any construction activities. All groundwater pumped out of the excavations will be filtered before it is discharged.
Following this Public Information Session, next steps will include:
- Refining the detail design based on the comments received.
- Preparing a Project File Report and making it available for a 30-day public review period.
- Finalizing the detail design and preparing the contract package.
- Tendering the project for construction.
We want to hear from you!
Thank you for attending the Public Information Session. We welcome your comments and encourage you to provide them to us by December 18, 2014.
Information is being collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This material will be maintained on file for use during the study and may be included in study documentation. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
For more information or to provide comments, please contact:
City of Ottawa Senior Project Manager
Phone: 613-580-2424 ext. 21514
Patrick Hill, P. Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
Phone: 613-736-7200 ext. 3241
Michel Bisson, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Engineer
Tel: (613) 736-7200 ext. 3287