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Southwest Transitway Extension (Baseline Rd to Norice St)

Background information

On November 14, 2007, City of Ottawa Council voted in favour of supporting the Algonquin College proposal to construct the CCTBS and the Health Sciences Educational Facility, known as the ‘Algonquin Project’, on the west side of Woodroffe Avenue, opposite the College’s main campus. Direct City support is to be provided through the transfer of 1.62 hectare of City-owned lands to the College, as well as the provision of $5M for the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge linking Baseline Transit Station and the Algonquin College campus across Woodroffe Avenue. In addition, Council also approved the recommendation to proceed with the design and construction of the City’s Archives and Library Technical Services building, known as the ‘Archives Project’, to be located in the southwest quadrant of the Woodroffe Avenue/Tallwood Drive intersection. The anticipated benefits to local economic development and the advancement of the Centrepointe Town Centre Concept Plan were the driving forces behind the Council’s decision.

The proposed site for the new Algonquin College facilities is located on the City-owned lands that are situated west of Woodroffe Avenue and which are currently occupied by Baseline Transit Station. As a result, the existing Baseline Station must be relocated prior to initiating construction of the CCTBS building, which is to be completed by September 2011 to meet Provincial and Federal funding commitments. In August 2008, the City of Ottawa initiated an assignment with McCormick Rankin Corporation for the undertaking of a Functional Design and Land Preservation Study for the SW Transitway BRT/LRT Extension between Baseline Road and Norice Street, including the relocation of Baseline Station. The functional design was completed, and the property requirements identified, allowing the functional design recommendations to be tabled and approved by City Council on November 19, 2008. The transfer of the City-owned lands on the west side of Woodroffe Avenue, as required for the construction of the CCTBS building, was also approved at that time.

The grade-separation of the SW Transitway and associated stations, the expansion of Algonquin College and the Archives Project all fall in line with key City of Ottawa guiding principles. The 2003 Official Plan (OP) set out a growth management strategy that emphasizes urban intensification and increased mixed-use development, centred on rapid transit as the preferred mode of travel. As well, key policies of the OP recommend pursuit of partnerships with the private sector for development of lands at, or over, transit stations and the integration of transitway stations into the design of adjacent buildings. The Algonquin Project, together with the SW Transitway Extension and the Baseline Station undertaking, will meet all of these recommendations. The current project will also see the construction of a Tallwood Station and a total reconstruction of Baseline Station to accommodate BRT/LRT operations as defined within the 2003 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and 2008 TMP Update. Additional guidance is provided through the 2003 City Talent Plan, which identifies the desire of the City to support the development of skilled trades people; as well as the Centrepointe Town Centre Concept Plan, which is focused on providing increased density, improved connections, multi-purpose functions and improved pedestrian and transit connections in the area bounded by Baseline Road, Woodroffe Avenue, Tallwood Drive and Centrepointe Drive.

Project schedule

Phase IA (May 2009-August 2011)

May 2009 - September 2009

  • Baseline Station Relocation

July 2009 – March 2010

  • Relocation of the 1200mm diameter watermain at Woodroffe Avenue

April 2010 – November 2010

  • Trench/tunnel structure for the SW Transitway (including the storm sewer and road surface) between Navaho Drive and College Avenue
  • Navaho Drive bridge structure

April 2011 – August 2011

  • College Avenue Bridge structure (pending budget approval)
  • Woodroffe Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Phase IB (April 2010 - November 2010)

  • Tallwood Drive Bridge structure
  • Tallwood Transit Station
  • The Tallwood Drive storm sewer relocation and watermain relocation

Phase II (2011-2013)

  • The new transitway station at College Avenue
  • The SW Transitway BRT grade separation from Tallwood Drive north to College Avenue, including the ramps at the new transitway station
  • The SW Transitway BRT from Navaho north to Baseline Road, and Tallwood south to Norice Street with a bus re-entry onto Woodroffe Avenue

Phase III (2016 and Onwards)

  • Includes the long-term installation of all LRT systems required when LRT is extended south to Baseline Station.

Project Overview

The Southwest (SW) Transitway is a fully grade-separated facility to be located within the existing transitway-protected corridor between Baseline Road and Norice Street. The design and construction of this transitway facility is to be coordinated with the construction of the proposed Algonquin College Centre for Construction Trades and Building Sciences (CCTBS) building and the City of Ottawa’s Archives/Library Technical Services Facility (Tallwood Drive).

A construction start on the Algonquin College CCTBS building is anticipated to begin in October 2009 for a scheduled September 2011 completion. The proposed CCTBS building is located on the existing Baseline Transit Station lands. To facilitate the proposed October 2009 CCTBS building construction start, the existing Baseline Station Transitway operations will have to be relocated to a location west of the future SW Transitway corridor, with the provision of a proposed station entrance located south of the existing park and ride lot.

Construction of the final Baseline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)/Light Rail Transit (LRT) multi-modal passenger and bus terminal station which is to be located on the south side of College Avenue Extension, will commence after the construction of the CCTBS building and College Avenue Extension have been finished.

The proposed SW Transitway BRT/LRT Extension project will consist of the construction of the Navaho Drive and College Avenue Extensions west of Woodroffe Avenue and modifications to the Woodroffe Avenue traffic signal controlled intersections at Navaho Drive, College Avenue and Tallwood Drive.

Key Plan

The timelines required to undertake and complete the design and construction of the SW Transitway Extension from Baseline Road to Norice Street must be undertaken in a series of phases noted below:

Phase IA (May 2009 - August 2011) - COMPLETED

  • Baseline Station Relocation to the west of the proposed CCTBS Building of Algonquin College, including new connections to Woodroffe Avenue;
  • Navaho Drive Bridge structure;
  • College Avenue Bridge structure (pending budget approval);
  • Relocation of the 1200 mm diameter watermain at Navaho Drive;
  • Construction of the Baseline Station Tunnel for the SW Transitway (including the storm sewer and road surface) between Navaho Drive and College Avenue; and
  • Woodroffe Avenue Pedestrian bridge between the existing Algonquin College Campus on the east side of Woodroffe Avenue, and the future CCTBS building on the west side of Woodroffe Avenue.

Algonquin's drawing
 

Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Outlet (September 2011 to August 2012)  - COMPLETED  

The Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Outlet has been constructed close to the north west corner of Baseline and Woodroffe Avenue. This is the stormwater outlet for the S/W Transitway extension (Baseline Rd to Norice Dr).
 

Phase IB (2013-2015) 

  • The new Transitway station at College Avenue
  • The SW Transitway BRT connections to the Baseline Station Tunnel from Navaho north to Baseline Road, and College Ave south to a bus re-entry onto Woodroffe Avenue
  • Ramps connecting the BRT to the new station at College Avenue.

Southwest Transitway Extension [ PDF - 8.88 MB ]

Future Phases (Pending Funding Approval, Schedule to be Determined)

  • Tallwood Drive Bridge structure
  • Tallwood Transit Station
  • The Tallwood Drive storm sewer relocation and watermain relocation
  • The SW Transitway BRT grade separation from the station at College Avenue south to Norice Street, with a bus re-entry onto Woodroffe Avenue
  • The long-term installation of all LRT systems required when LRT is extended south to Baseline Station.  

Project team

City

Elizabeth Murphy, Senior Project Manager
Abdol Nouraeyan, Program Manager, Structures
Bruce Mason, Manager, Construction Services West

Consultants

McCormick Rankin Corporation - Southwest Transitway (Baseline Road to Norice Street) Design
Robinson Consultants Inc.- Woodroffe Avenue Watermain Relocation Design
Genivar Consultants Corp – Woodroffe Avenue Pedestrian Bridge (from Building “B” of Algonquin College to the proposed CCTBS Building