The City of Ottawa has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) study to develop a Recommended Plan for the realignment and widening of Leitrim Road between River Road and Bank Street.
Rationale for Realignment and Widening of Leitrim Road
The 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identifies the need for the potential widening to four lanes of Leitrim Road to meet the long-term east-west travel demand of Ottawa’s southern urban areas. This study will verify the growth and development assumptions and demand forecasts of the TMP to confirm that additional arterial capacity is required. Southerly realignment of Leitrim Road also needs to be considered, given the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority’s plans to construct a new runway in the future. The time frame identified in the TMP for the realignment and widening is beyond year 2031. Nevertheless, there is a need and opportunity to complete the planning and functional design of the realignment and widening now to establish the future right-of-way requirements, protect the corridor, and inform the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands.
The study is being conducted in accordance with Ontario's EA Act, fulfilling requirements as a Municipal Class EA process for a Schedule C project. The City must consider alternative designs for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental effects of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts.
The study will also address potential implications of federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.
As part of the study process, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared for public review. Following the public review period, the project will be considered to have EA approval and may proceed to implementation once funding is in place.
The EA process will include a consultation program involving many stakeholders, including the City of Ottawa, the Government of Canada, the Ottawa International Airport Authority, the National Capital Commission, other approval and regulatory agencies, local community associations, businesses and institutions, special advisory and interest groups, and members of the general public. The study is expected to be completed by mid-2018.
You are encouraged to participate in the study by attending consultation events or by directly contacting the study team with information, comments or questions. Updated project information may be posted periodically on the study website.
The study will also have the benefit of input from agency, business and public consultation groups that will meet at key points during the study.
Two open houses will be scheduled throughout the study as an opportunity for interested persons to learn about the study and provide input. Notifications for the open house will be provided through local newspapers, e-mails to the study mailing list and postings on the website.
To have your name placed on the study mailing list or to submit comments or questions, please contact:
Katarina Cvetkovic, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager, Transportation – Environmental Assessments Unit
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 22842