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Albert and Slater Streets Post Light Rail Transit (LRT) Repurposing Functional Design Study and Slater Street Realignment Environmental Assessment Study

Project Status: 
Underway

Notice of Study Completion and Filing of the Environmental Study Report

Slater Street Realignment Environmental Assessment Study

The project limits for the Slater Street Realignment Environmental Assessment. The project limits are on Albert and Slater Streets between Empress Avenue and Bronson Avenue, as well as Bronson Avenue between Albert Street and Slater Street.
​The City of Ottawa has completed the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Slater Street Realignment Study. This Study was carried out in accordance with the requirements for a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended 2007, 2011 and 2015).​

An Environmental Study Report has been prepared to document the planning and design process and the recommended plan for the realignment of Slater Street and widening of Bronson Avenue. The ESR is available for public review at the following locations during regular business hours for a period of 30 calendar days, starting on Friday, June 1, 2018.

City of Ottawa
City Hall Information Desk
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Public Library
Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario

University of Ottawa
Morisset Hall
65 University Private
Ottawa, Ontario

Ministry of the Environment
and Climate Change
2430 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, Ontario

During the public review period, interested persons are encouraged to read the ESR and provide comments. Please direct written comments to:

Vanessa Black, P.Eng.
Transportation Engineer - Network Modification  
City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 12559
E-mail: Vanessa.Black@Ottawa.ca

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City, a person/party may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change order a change in the project status and require a higher level of assessment under an individual Environmental Assessment process (referred to as a Part II Order). The Part II Order request must be received by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change during the 30 day review period and a copy of the request should be forwarded to the City of Ottawa. If there are no requests received by Tuesday, July 3, 2018, the project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Municipal Class EA, and the project may proceed to design and construction as presented in the ESR.

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario
The Honourable Chris Ballard
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto, ON   M7A 2T5

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario
Environmental Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON, M4V 1P5

With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.  Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and solely for the purpose of conducting the environmental assessment.

This Notice was first published on May 25, 2018.

Online Consultation - Recommended Plan

Posted: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:47 am
Last updated: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10:43 am

Dates & Times

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:00 am to Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:00 pm

Comments Invited on Updated Plan

The Recommended Plan [ PDF 8.897 MB ] for these joint studies has been updated and is available for review and comment.

An extensive consultation program was conducted over the last several months that included:

  • A stakeholder working group
  • Design Workshop
  • Public Meeting
  • Project Website
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee consultation
  • Urban Design Review Panel presentation
  • Additional stakeholder meetings with various agencies, residents and business owners
  • Close relationship with other City service areas including the Ottawa Central Library project team

Based on this consultation, enhancements to the recommended plan include:

  • Improved pedestrian and cycling connections with more sidewalks and bikeways to enhance route choices
  • Refinement to intersections to improve pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safer and efficiency
  • Refinements to transit stops and transit priority measures
  • The realignment of Slater Street in the west end and the cycling cross-over in the Mackenzie King Bridge in the east end were confirmed to be the preferred solutions
  • Greater clarity in streetscape and street tree enhancements
  • General improvements overall to the plan.

Thanks to all who provided comments and suggestions during the consultation. The recommended plan will be included in a staff report to Transportation Committee scheduled for the April 4, 2018 agenda. After Committee and Council approval, the environmental assessment process will be completed and the draft Environmental Study Report will be made available for public review.

The Slater Street Realignment Environmental Assessment (EA) Study (Empress to Bronson) is adhering to the Ontario Municipal Class EA (Schedule C) process.

All comments received, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. Please provide comments by March 28, 2018 to
albert-slater@ottawa.ca
. Subject to comments received as a result of this notice, the City plans to proceed with the completion of the Class EA for this project and an Environmental Study Report will be prepared for the Slater Street Realignment Environmental Assessment Study and placed on the public record for a minimum 30-day review period.

If you require additional information, please contact the City’s project managers listed below.

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

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

This notice issued March 14, 2018. 

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

Posted: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017, 1:40 pm
Last updated: 
Friday, December 1, 2017, 11:22 am

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

Tuesday November 28, 2017
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Council Chambers and Jean Pigott Place
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Open House Display Boards

Boards 1 to 3 [ PDF 2.978 MB ]
Boards 4 to 6 [ PDF 5.529 MB ]
Boards 7 to 10 [ PDF 5.655 MB ]
Boards 11 to 13 [ PDF 2.916 MB ]
Boards 14 to 18 [ PDF 4.782 MB ]
Boards 19 to 21 [ PDF 4.122 MB ]
Boards 22 to 24 [ PDF 3.810 MB ]
Boards 25 to 27 [ PDF 3.564 MB ]
Preliminary Recommended Plan [ PDF 5.852 MB ]

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