The City of Ottawa is undertaking the functional design and transportation study for the continuous corridor of Elgin Street between Laurier Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Driveway, and Hawthorne Avenue from the Pretoria Bridge to Main Street. The study objective is to identify a preferred corridor design. This initial study will serve as a basis for the subsequent detailed design of Elgin Street from Lisgar Street to Isabella Street and Hawthorne Avenue from Colonel By Drive to Main Street, where reconstruction has been identified as a short term priority.
The renewal of this corridor will implement the vision of a Traditional Mainstreet as established in the City of Ottawa Official Plan. The City’s policy direction for renewing Traditional Mainstreets is to pursue improvements to the streetscape design, pedestrian and cycling facilities and to provide a transit-friendly environment. Accordingly, the functional design will have regard for the existing community contexts and various planned functions within the project limits.
The objective of this functional design study is to review and evaluate the alternative design choices for the reconstruction of the streets, including:
- Undertaking a transportation study to establish the lane arrangements, including turning lanes at intersections
- Confirming on-street parking and loading solutions
- Determining sidewalk width, cycling and transit requirements and solutions
- Understanding the below-grade services and utilities that might affect street renewal choices
- Identify potential locations for public places, enhanced streetscape areas and public art
- Developing, in general terms, potential streetscaping themes and directions that can be addressed during the subsequent detailed design phase
Project Result and Timing
The project will result in the preparation and approval of a functional design that will serve as a basis for subsequent detailed designs for the full road reconstructions. It is anticipated that the functional design study will be completed in early 2017.
Various opportunities for public involvement will be provided and public input/comment is welcome throughout the course of the study. The study process will have regard for the provisions of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process that may apply.
For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager identified below.
Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Planning and Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 12559