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St. Laurent Blvd. (Industrial to Smyth)

Construction notice - September 2016

In September 2016, the City of Ottawa will begin construction in your neighborhood. This work is being done to improve infrastructure in your neighborhood.

Who: The City of Ottawa Contractor, Ottawa D Squared Construction Limited, will complete the work.

Why: The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction in order to improve transit reliability, cycling safety, and improve traffic operations and safety at the Industrial/Innes/St. Laurent Blvd. Intersection.

What: Work will involve the widening of St. Laurent Blvd. between Industrial Avenue/Innes Road intersection and Smyth Road, resurfacing of St. Laurent Blvd. from Innes Road/Industrial Avenue to south of Smyth Road, watermain, new cycle tracks, sidewalks, traffic signals, street lighting and landscaping within the project limits.

When: Work is expected to begin the week of September 26, 2016. Final completion is anticipated by end of November 2017.

Where: St. Laurent Blvd. between Industrial Avenue/Innes Road and Smyth Road.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites.  If you require special accommodations, please contact the undersigned.

Night work

As part of the construction activity, the majority of the construction will be taking place during the overnight periods. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possible vibration. Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents/businesses.

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, noise, dust and vibration. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

The Contractor is fully responsible for any damage to private property as a result of their construction activities.  If you think that damage has occurred to your property as a result of construction, please contact the General Contractor directly.  The contractor is required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.  For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager.  For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative.

City's project manager:
Vipin Bansal, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design & Construction (Municipal) East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext.21276

Contractor’s representative:
Craig O’Regan
Project Manager
Ottawa D Squared Construction Limited
6906 McKeown Drive, Ottawa, ON  K4P 1A2
Tel: 613-822-1042 ext. 107
Cell: 613-978-6788

Contract Administrator:
Patrick Hill, P.Eng.
Manager, Municipal Transportation
MMM Group Limited
1145 Hunt Club Road, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON  K1V 0Y3
Tel: 613-736 7200 ext. 3241

Project overview

January 2016

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking a Design and Environmental Assessment Study for intersection and transit facility improvements on St. Laurent Boulevard from north of Industrial Avenue to south of Smyth Road.

The project has three main components:

  • Reconstructing and expanding the Innes / Industrial / St. Laurent intersection to accommodate additional turning lanes and new cycling facilities;
  • Reconstructing and widening St. Laurent Boulevard, within the existing right-of-way, to include a bus-only lane and a raised cycle track in each direction. The existing travel lanes will be maintained; and
  • Minor improvements to the parking lot entrance near Elmvale transit station.

A notice of project commencement and public open house was advertised in the local newspapers in November 2015.
Public open house boards – December 2, 2015

Estimated timelines

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016.

For more information

Vipin Bansal, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, x21276

Public open house – December 2, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
6:30 to 9 pm (Brief Presentation at 7 pm)
Dempsey Community Centre, Room 01
1895 Russell Road, Ottawa

Open house presentation [ PDF – 938 KB ] 

Introduction

Welcome to the Public Open House for the St. Laurent Boulevard (Industrial to Smyth) Transit Improvements Project.

This project has three main components:

  • Reconstructing and expanding the Innes / Industrial / St. Laurent intersection to accommodate additional turning lanes and new cycling facilities;
  • Reconstructing and widening St. Laurent Boulevard (within the existing right-of-way) to include a bus-only lane and a raised cycle track in each direction. The existing travel lanes will be maintained; and
  • Minor improvements to the parking lot entrance near Elmvale transit station.

The project will improve transit reliability and cycling safety in the study area, and improve traffic operations and safety at the Innes / Industrial / St. Laurent intersection.

At today’s Public Open House, the study team is providing information and seeking your feedback on the following topics:

  • The overall study process
  • The need for these improvements
  • Current conditions in the study area
  • The preliminary recommended plan
  • Proposed implementation and construction staging
  • Anticipated impacts and proposed mitigation measures

Representatives from the City of Ottawa and MMM Group (the City’s consultant) are available to discuss the project with you. Please ask questions and provide your opinions to us. We encourage you to complete a comment sheet before leaving.

Overall Plan [ PDF – 10.6 MB ]

Key Plan

Key plan map showing the study area as outlined in the study area and context section.

Study process

This study is a Schedule C project under Ontario’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process, which is approved under the Environmental Assessment Act.

The first two phases of the MCEA process were completed as part of the City of Ottawa’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update. The current study will complete Phases 3 through 4.

Phase 1 – Problem or opportunity – TMP (2013)

  • Identify the need to be met by the project
  • Document existing conditions in study area

Phase 2 – Alternative planning solutions – TMP (2013)

  • Develop potential planning solutions to meet the need
  • Identify impacts and mitigation measures
  • Develop evaluation criteria for the solutions
  • Select a preferred solution

Phase 3 – Alternative design concepts – September 2014 to November 2015

  • Develop potential designs for the preferred solution
  • Identify impacts and mitigation measures
  • Develop evaluation criteria for the designs
  • Select a preferred design concept

Phase 4 –Recommended Plan and ESR – December 2015 to May 2016

  • Seek Council approval of study and preferred design
  • Document the study process and recommended plan in Environmental Study Report (ESR)
  • Revise ESR following public input
  • Provide Notice of Completion to review agencies, public and Ministry of Environment
  • Opportunity for appeal (part II Order)

Phase 5 – Implementation – to be determined

  • Pursue detail design and tender construction contracts

Why are the improvements needed?

St. Laurent Boulevard is subject to regular traffic congestion, especially at the Innes / Industrial and Smyth / Lancaster intersections.

2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP)

Alternative planning solutions to address congestion and delay were considered for this corridor during the TMP development process.

  • Alternative 1: Do Nothing – This alternative results in unacceptable levels of delay for drivers and transit users.
  • Alternative 2: Transit Priority – This alternative includes priority signals and queue-jump or bus-only lanes. It is expected to meet travel demand to 2031.

Alternative 2 (Transit Priority) was selected to respond to the anticipated travel demand and reduce delay for all road users. The study corridor was therefore designated a Transit Priority Corridor in the TMP.

Supporting policies

This segment of St. Laurent is also designated as an Arterial Mainstreet in the City’s Official Plan (OP). It is recognized as a multi-modal transportation corridor and is intended to evolve, over time, into a more pedestrian oriented and transit-friendly street with more compact development.

The Ottawa Cycling Plan 2013 designates St. Laurent Boulevard as a spine route providing access along a major corridor. Dedicated cycling facilities are preferred along spine routes.

Taking opportunities

Where possible, the City combines road, transit, cycling and pedestrian improvements in a single construction project. This approach minimizes costs for the City and disruption for residents.

In this case, a planned rehabilitation of St. Laurent Boulevard offered an opportunity to implement transit priority measures, intersection improvements, dedicated cycling facilities and sidewalk improvements all at once.

Study area and context

There is up to 4 m of unused City-owned right-of-way on both sides of the existing St. Laurent Blvd. This applies to the entire length of St. Laurent Boulevard from Innes Road to Russell Road.

St. Laurent Boulevard currently includes two full travel lanes in each direction. This applies to the entire length of St. Laurent Boulevard from Innes Road to Russell Road.

There are numerous commercial entrance bays on both sides of St. Laurent Boulevard. This applies to various entrances along St. Laurent Boulevard on both the east and west side mainly between Innes Road and Bourassa Street.

High levels of traffic delay have been identified at the Smyth / Lancaster intersection. This applies to all directions of traffic at the Smyth/Lancaster and St. Laurent Boulevard intersection.

Safety concerns and high levels of traffic delay have been identified at the Innes / Industrial intersection.

A high-voltage overhead hydro line runs along the east side of St. Laurent Boulevard. Several underground utilities are present within the right-of-way as well. The hydro pole line is along the east side of St Laurent between the curb and the sidewalk between Smyth and Innes.  The areas where the underground utilities are affected is in various locations along St Laurent between Smyth and Innes.

Elmvale Station is a terminus and transfer point for 6 local bus routes that provide Transitway and neighbourhood access. The Elmvale Transit station is located next to the Elmvale Acres Mall on the south-west corner of Smyth and St Laurent.

How we developed the plan

St. Laurent Boulevard

Several design alternatives were considered for the recommended improvements:

Alternative 1: Transit lanes only
  • Avoids relocation of hydro poles
  • Does not provide a dedicated cycling facility
Alternative 2: Transit lanes with on-road bike lanes
  • Provides a dedicated cycling facility
  • Requires costly relocation of hydro poles
Alternative 3: Transit lanes with raised cycle tracks
  • Provides a dedicated cycling facility
  • Hydro poles are located between cycle track and roadway

Innes / Industrial / St. Laurent intersection

The number and length of turning lanes, shape of traffic islands and channels, and treatment of pedestrian and cycling facilities were chosen to balance the following considerations:

  • Safety of pedestrian, cyclist, transit, truck and general traffic movements
  • Physical space available within City-owned right-of- way
  • Utility relocations
  • AODA compliance

Additional project components

At the same time as the transit improvements, the City will replace the substandard sidewalk on the east side of St. Laurent Boulevard from Belfast Road to Tremblay Road. The new sidewalk (illustrated below) will be a minimum of 1.8 m wide.

The City may also resurface St. Laurent from the Innes / Industrial intersection southerly to the Elmvale Shopping Centre / Transit Station entrance as part of the overall construction project.

Proposed New Sidewalk [ PDF – 123 KB ]

Environmental impacts and mitigation

Traffic operations

Throughout construction, two full travel lanes will be maintained during the day. Limited daytime closures of turn lanes may occur outside peak periods. Lane reductions will occur at night. A traffic management plan will be developed to minimize the impact of closures.

Access

Access to commercial areas and key driveways in the study area will be maintained at all times during construction. The Contractor will work with adjacent property owners to minimize any disruptions to access.

Noise

Construction activities will result in elevated noise levels. As most construction will take place at night, a Noise By-law exemption will likely be required. The Contractor will be required to maintain equipment in good operating condition to prevent unnecessary noise and restrict idling of equipment to the minimum necessary to perform the work.

Transit service

During construction, OC Transpo bus stops may be temporarily relocated and shelters temporarily removed. Overall transit service disruptions are likely to be minor.

Property

Approximately 21 m2 of private property is required at the southeast corner of Innes Road and St. Laurent Boulevard, up to 3.5 m past the current property line. Some grading and temporary disturbance may impact adjacent properties. All disturbed property and landscaping will be reinstated after construction is complete.

Vegetation

Vegetation and landscaping within the right-of-way 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.

Waste management

Stockpiled materials, dust and construction waste have the potential to contaminate the surrounding environment if not managed properly. 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.

Next steps

  • Present to Transportation Committee
  • Prepare and file Environmental Study Report (ESR) for regulatory agency and public review (anticipated in February 2016)
  • Complete detail design and secure required permits / approvals

We want to hear from you!

Tell us what you think about the Recommended Plan presented today. Please fill out a comment sheet and leave it in the box provided, or send an email to Luc Frechette, the City’s project manager.

Stay involved

  • Join the study mailing list by emailing your request to Luc Frechette
  • Review the ESR when it is filed
  • Visit the study website

Freedom of information and protection of privacy

Comments and information are being collected to assist in the identification of a recommended plan. 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.

Design and Environmental Assessment Study – Notice of Completion

May 5, 2016

The study

The City of Ottawa has completed a Design and Environmental Assessment Study for intersection and transit facility improvements on St. Laurent Boulevard from north of Industrial Avenue to south of Smyth Road. The project has three main components:

  • Reconstructing and expanding the Innes / Industrial / St. Laurent intersection to accommodate additional turning lanes and new cycling facilities;
  • Reconstructing and widening St. Laurent Boulevard, within the existing right-of-way, to include a bus-only lane and a raised cycle track in each direction. The existing travel lanes will be maintained; and
  • Minor improvements to the parking lot entrance near Elmvale Terminal.

Key plan map [ PDF – 200 KB ]

The process

The project followed the requirements for a Schedule “C” project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007), which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared and documents the project rationale, the evaluation of design alternatives, the recommended plan, anticipated impacts, and associated mitigation measures.

The ESR will be available for a 30-day public review period from May 5, 2016 until June 6, 2016 at the following locations during their regular business hours:

City of Ottawa
City Hall Information Desk
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Ottawa Public Library
Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2

Ottawa Public Library
Elmvale Branch
1910 St. Laurent Boulevard
Ottawa, ON K1G 1A4

University of Ottawa
Morisset Library
65 University Private
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Carleton University
MacOdrum Library
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Written comments may be submitted until June 6, 2016 to:

Luc Frechette, P.Eng., PMP
Senior Project Manager, Design and Construction Municipal East
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 5J9
Tel: 613-415-7382

The Environmental Assessment Act has provisions that allow an interested person, Aboriginal community, or government agency to ask for a higher level of assessment for a class environmental assessment project if they feel that there are outstanding issues that have not been adequately addressed by the proponent. This higher level of assessment is referred to as a Part II Order request. Such requests must be addressed in writing to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and received no later than June 6, 2016 at the following address:

The Honourable Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto, ON M7A 2T5
Tel: 416-314-6790
Fax: 416-325-3159

Please note that a duplicate copy of a Part II Order request must also be sent to the City of Ottawa at the address noted above.

Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), personal information included in a submission to the City of Ottawa will not be disclosed to any third parties without having obtained the prior consent of the person to whom the information pertains, except when MFIPPA permits disclosure or other applicable law requires that the City disclose the personal information.

Direct submissions to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. Unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.