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Albert and Slater Streets Functional Design Study and Slater Street and Bronson Avenue Environmental Assessment Study

Project Status: 
Underway

Study Overview

The City of Ottawa is studying Albert Street, Slater Street and the Mackenzie-King Bridge between Empress Avenue and Waller Street. The study will explore opportunities to improve walking, cycling, transit and general traffic along these streets by reallocating existing Transitway lanes after the O-Train Confederation Line opens in 2018. The study findings will contribute to the City’s planned integrated road reconstruction west of Bay Street and for interim roadway modifications east of Bay Street.

The study findings will provide design input into the City’s:

  • Planned integrated road and underground infrastructure reconstruction project at the west end of Albert and Slater Streets between Empress Avenue and Bay Street and the intersection with Bronson Avenue and Commissioner Street, and for
  • Interim roadway modifications to Albert and Slater streets between Bay and Waller streets, including the Mackenzie King Bridge, to be implemented following decommissioning of the bus Transitway in the downtown when the O-Train Confederation Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line comes into service in 2018.

Study Area

Albert Slater Study Area Map

The street design will address all travel modes and the many demands on the street through:

  • Seeking opportunities to improve walking environments for the tens-of-thousands of people who will be walking to and from the new Confederation Line light rail transit stations;
  • Identifying opportunities to enhance the cycling environment on Albert Street, Slater Street and the Mackenzie King Bridge;
  • Incorporating measures to address transit operations including potential operations in mixed traffic, localized transit priority measures and other operating requirements; and
  • Addressing, in general terms, the potential spatial requirements for other functions along the street including: on-street parking, taxi and lay-by/loading zones, bicycle parking, building entrances, street side services and amenities, and emergency vehicle access.

The renewal of the Albert Street and Slater Street corridor will implement the vision established in the City of Ottawa Official Plan and build on the findings and recommendations of the 2013 Downtown Moves Study. The Study’s direction is to pursue improvements to the pedestrian and cycling environment, streetscape enhancements, and connections to the planned Confederation Line light rail transit stations. Accordingly, the streets’ designs will have regard for the various planned functions and community contexts along the project limits.

Study Process

As part of the overall planning and design study, the City of Ottawa is conducting a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for a Schedule “C” project in the area slated for full road reconstruction, undertaken in accordance with Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. Initial study investigations have identified opportunities to improve pedestrian routes, cycling facilities, traffic circulation and access to adjacent property through the potential modifications to Slater Street between Empress Street and Bronson Avenue and to Bronson Avenue and Commissioner Street between Albert and Slater streets. 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 on federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.

Study Result and Timing

The street planning and design study will provide functional design levels of guidance for the reallocation of street space to inform a fully integrated road and sewer renewal project and the implementation of interim measures to modify Albert and Slater Streets east of Bay Street. As part of the environmental assessment 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. It is anticipated that the study and environmental assessment will be completed in mid 2018.

Getting Involved

Various opportunities for public involvement will be provided, and public input and comment will be welcomed throughout the project process. The study process will have regard for the provisions of the Province of Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. 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.

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.

An Open House is scheduled for November 28, 2017. Notifications for the open house will be provided through local newspapers, e-mails to the study mailing list and postings on the study webpages.

Register online to be informed of upcoming consultation events at albert-slater@ottawa.ca or for further information or to provide comments, contact the City’s project managers at the addresses below.

Nelson Edwards
Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 21290 
Email: albert-slater@ottawa.ca

Vanessa Black,  P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Development Review Services
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 12559
Email: albert-slater@ottawa.ca

 

Notice of Study Commencement and Open House

You are invited to attend a public open house for both the Albert Street and Slater Street Corridors (Empress to Waller) Functional Design Study and the Slater Street and Bronson Avenue Environmental Assessment Study.

The City of Ottawa is studying Albert Street, Slater Street and the Mackenzie-King Bridge between Empress Avenue and Waller Street. The study will explore opportunities to improve walking, cycling, transit and general traffic along these streets by reallocating existing Transitway lanes after the O-Train Confederation Line opens in 2018.

Albert Slater Study Area Map2

The study findings will provide design input into the City’s:

  • Planned integrated road reconstruction on Albert and Slater Streets between Empress Avenue and Bay Street and Bronson Avenue between Queen Street and Laurier Avenue, and for
  • Interim roadway modifications to Albert and Slater streets between Bay and Waller streets, including the Mackenzie King Bridge, to be implemented following decommissioning of the bus Transitway in the downtown when the O-Train Confederation Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line comes into service in 2018.

As part of the overall planning and design study, the City of Ottawa is conducting a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for a Schedule “C” project in the area slated for full road reconstruction, undertaken in accordance with Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. Initial study investigations have identified opportunities to improve pedestrian routes, cycling facilities, traffic circulation and access to adjacent property through the potential modifications to Slater Street between Empress Street and Bronson Avenue and to Bronson Avenue and Commissioner Street between Albert and Slater streets. 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 on federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.

This Open House will provide:

  • An overview of the study progress to date including an overview of existing conditions.
  • An evaluation of alternative solutions and design concepts.
  • Draft recommended functional road design.
  • Question and answer period.

Your participation in this Open House meeting is an important component of the study where you can discuss the project with the study team and provide feedback. If you are unable to attend the open house, the information will be posted to the study web pages.

Please confirm your attendance with the project manager by November 24, 2017 at albert-slater@ottawa.ca  

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please email your request to albert-slater@ottawa.ca  before November 24, 2017.

Nelson Edwards
Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 21290
Email: albert-slater@ottawa.ca

Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 12559
Email: albert-slater@ottawa.ca

Dates & Times

Tuesday, November 28, 2017,
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

City Hall
Council Chambers and Jean Pigott Place
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON
Presentation at 6:30 p.m