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Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study

Functional design approval – May 2017

On May 10, City Council approved the functional designs for Elgin Street (Laurier Avenue to Queen Elizabeth Driveway), Waverley Street (Elgin Street to Jack Purcell Lane) and Hawthorne Avenue (Pretoria Bridge to Main Street). The watermains and deep sewers under these streets are among the oldest in the city, dating back to the late 1800s. The need to replace this aging infrastructure created a unique opportunity to assess the road surfaces and redesign them to meet the City of Ottawa’s Traditional Mainstreet designation in the Official Plan, Complete Streets policy and Accessibility Design Standards. The City consulted with community groups, business owners, residents, and the Urban Design Review Panel on the vision and redesign options for these streets. More than 300 residents participated in two public meetings and submitted over 1000 written comments in response to an online feedback form. 

The redesign will include: 

  • Widening the sidewalks on Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue
  • A two-lane cross-section with turning lanes at select intersections on Elgin Street between Lisgar Street and Argyle Avenue
  • A westbound bicycle lane, two eastbound and one westbound vehicle lanes on Hawthorne Avenue between Colonel By Drive and Main Street
  • A posted speed limit of 30km/h on Elgin Street between Lisgar and McLeod Streets
  • Traffic calming measures and flexible space for on-street parking, patios and seasonal uses on Elgin Street
  • Six flexible on-street parking spaces, trees and seating areas on Waverley Street between Elgin Street and Jack Purcell Lane 

Please refer to the staff report for more information about the approved redesign. The City will begin working on the detailed designs of the roads, sewers and watermains, with construction expected to begin in 2019. 

Public Open House - January 11, 2017

Wednesday January 11, 2017
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Council Chambers and Jean Pigott Place
5 to 7:30 p.m., presentation at 5:30 p.m.

You are invited to attend a public open house for the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study. The presentation will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m., so please arrive at 5 p.m. to sign in.

Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Presentation
  3. Brief question and answer period
  4. Open house

By attending, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, review the draft design for the corridor and provide feedback. Your feedback will assist the City in finalizing the draft design, which will be presented to Transportation Committee and City Council in 2017. The detailed design process will begin following Council approval.

Highlights of the draft design for Elgin Street include:

  • Wider sidewalks on both sides of the street
  • Reduced number of travel lanes and enhanced street edge activity (pedestrians, parking, trees, bike racks, etc.) to help calm traffic
  • Flexibility to retain on-street parking and loading spaces on at least one side the street in most blocks
  • Flexibility to program parking / loading spaces for pedestrian use, outdoor patios or streetside spots 
  • Improved bus stop waiting areas
  • General strategies to manage construction period disruption

The draft design for Hawthorne Avenue includes:

  • Wider sidewalks on both sides of the street
  • Introduction of a westbound cycling facility (works in tandem with existing eastbound bike lane on Graham Avenue)
  • Maintaining some on-street parking on the south side of the street

Functional designs

Presentation 

January 11 open house presentation [PDF 4.38 MB]

Display boards 

  1. Welcome [PDF 1.03 MB]
  2. Study overview [PDF 1.91 MB]
  3. Study objectives [PDF 1.04 MB]
  4. Project result and timing [PDF 1.69 MB]
  5. Elgin Street as a complete street [PDF 1.18 MB]
  6. Alternative design evaluation [PDF 1.68 MB]
  7. Recommended design – Elgin Street (Lisgar Street to Argyle Avenue) [PDF 1.71 MB]
  8. Recommended design – Elgin Street (south of Argyle Avenue) [PDF 1.86 MB]
  9. Recommended design – Hawthorne Avenue [PDF 1.79 MB]
  10. The result – statistics [PDF 1.42 MB]
  11. On-street parking – Elgin Street [PDF 712 KB]
  12. Speed [PDF 1.10 MB]
  13. Flexible street space [PDF 4.84 MB]
  14. Opportunities for street greening [PDF 2.85 MB]
  15. Waverley Street renewal [PDF 1.61 MB]
  16. Waverley Street renewal - Alternatives [PDF 1.42 MB]
  17. Waverley Street renewal - Options 1 and 2 [PDF 3.37 MB]
  18. Waverley Street renewal - Option 1 [PDF 1.92 MB]
  19. Waverley Street renewal - Option 2 [PDF 1.90 MB]
  20. Waverley Street renewal - Inspiration [PDF 1.82 MB]
  21. Working together through construction [PDF 937 KB]
  22. Next steps [PDF 896 KB]

For further information, please contact:

Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Transportation Services Department 
City of Ottawa 
110 Laurier Avenue West 
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Email: Vanessa.Black@ottawa.ca
Tel.: 613 580 2424, ext. 12559

Public Design Workshop - June 28, 2016

Tuesday June 28, 2016
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall, Ground Floor - Council Chambers and Jean Pigott Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West

You are invited by the City of Ottawa to participate in a design workshop for the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study. 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 objective of the design workshop will be for the City staff, stakeholders and members of the public to share information about the project and discuss a range of possible choices for the renewal of the corridor.

Agenda for design workshop

  1. Presentation – purpose, objectives, project schedule, key considerations
  2. Question and answer period
  3. Break-away groups tackling various topics/themes 
  4. Group discussion

Contact

Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Planning and Growth Management
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Email: planning@ottawa.ca
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 12559
Fax: 613-560-6006

The study process will have regard for any provisions of the Municipal Class EA process that may apply, the requirements of which will be evaluated as the study progresses.

Consultation summary - July 18, 2016

Approximately 170 people participated in the Public Design Workshop at City Hall on June 28. The workshop started with a presentation by the consulting team followed by a brief question and answer period. Attendees then participated in facilitated table discussions.

Public consultation summary report #1 [PDF 495 KB]

Many participants identified these improvements to be of greatest interest to them:

  • Widening sidewalks
  • Burying the overhead utility lines
  • Removing clutter and adding street trees
  • Improving the cycling environment along Elgin Street and adding higher-order cycling facilities along Hawthorne Avenue

Furthermore, most business owners are concerned over the potential for disruption during the construction period. Some would also prefer to keep the existing four lanes of traffic along Elgin Street for motor vehicles and maintain existing on-street parking.

In addition to the comments collected at the workshop, approximately 630 respondents completed the online questionnaire. As of July 18, 75 percent of the submissions were about Elgin Street and 25 percent were about Hawthorne Avenue. The questionnaire covered many of the major topics discussed at the workshop.

Other concerns that respondents identified in the questionnaire include:

  • Motorists failing to yield to pedestrians at intersections
  • Motor vehicle congestion
  • The speed limit being too high
  • A lack of bicycle parking

City staff and the consulting team will use the information gathered at the workshop and through the questionnaire to generate and evaluate alternative road design concepts for the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue corridor. The public will have an opportunity to view the preliminary functional design for the corridor at an open house in winter 2017.

Notice of project commencement

Project Description

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.

Study area [PDF 194 KB]

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.

Public Involvement

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
Email: planning@ottawa.ca
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 12559
Fax: 613-560-6006

Study schedule

Event Timing
Working group meeting #1 June 13, 2016
Public contact: workshop June 28, 2016
Working group meeting #2 Early October 2016
Public contact: public open house Winter 2017
Urban Design Review Panel January 12, 2017
Working group meeting #3 January 2017
Transportation Committee and Council May 3 and 10, 2017

Frequently asked questions

What is the goal of the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study?

The objective of this study is to review and evaluate alternative street design options and to identify a preferred street design for the reconstruction of the street as part of the upcoming water and sewer replacement work planned to commence in 2019. This includes:

  • Undertaking a transportation study to establish the general lane arrangements, including turning lanes at intersections.
  • Confirming on-street parking and loading solutions.
  • Determining sidewalk widths, cycling and transit requirements and solutions.
  • Understanding the below-grade services and utilities that might affect street renewal choices.
  • Identifying 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.

How is the functional road design being developed?

City staff prepared several potential road cross-section options that were presented for public comment at a public visioning workshop in June 2016. Based on public feedback, these options were further refined and a preferred “test design” of a three-block section of Elgin Street was developed. That test design was reviewed and revised before the entire corridor was designed and presented for public comment. To date, the entire process has been a design-only exercise. It does not include any construction activities.

Has the functional design been finalized?

After receiving input from the public, City staff and other stakeholders, the City began developing a preferred plan for the design of the road. This will be shown to the Public and Technical Advisory Groups and then to the broader public at the end of November 2016 to solicit further input before seeking Council approval in early 2017.

When will the design and construction of sewers and watermains take place?

The goal of this phase of the project is to recommend a road cross-section and functional design for the street, including lane arrangements and sidewalk widths. Once this functional design is completed and approved by Council in 2017, the detailed design of the road, sewers and watermains will begin. It will take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete the detailed design phase. This will include additional public consultation.

Staff has determined which infrastructure could be rehabilitated and which requires replacement. The planned scope of work includes the reconstruction of sewers, watermains and associated services between Lisgar and Isabella streets. Due to the extent of underground works, the road will require full reconstruction, including sidewalks and curbs. Construction of underground infrastructure and roadwork will be coordinated together.

When will construction take place?

Construction will begin in 2019 and will likely last 24 months.

How will the construction be phased?

The construction phasing will be determined as part of the detailed design stage. This phase of the design process will begin in 2017, following completion of the Functional Design Study. During the detailed design stage, a detailed traffic management plan will be developed and consultation with the public and stakeholders will continue.

What are the next steps for the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study?

The next steps in the study process are as follows:

  • Working group meeting #2: Early October 2016
  • Public contact: public open house: Winter 2017
  • Urban Design Review Panel: January 12, 2017
  • Working group meeting #3: January 2017
  • Transportation Committee and Council: May 3 and 10, 2017