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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information or to provide comments, contact the City’s project managers at the addresses below.
Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 21290
Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Development Review Services
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 12559