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Bank Street Renewal – Between Riverside Drive North and Ledbury Avenue

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Bank Street Renewal – between Riverside Drive North and Ledbury Avenue

Functional Design Study

Public Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7p.m.
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre – Ellwood Hall
1265 Walkley Road
OC Transpo routes 1, 8, 41, 87 and 146
Free parking is available

Your feedback is an important component for this renewal project (full road, watermain and sewer replacement). Key elements that will be presented for comment include:

  • Cycle tracks
  • Widened sidewalks
  • Transit priority measures
  • Additional medians and the removal of the two way left turn lane in select locations
  • Intersection designs
  • New traffic control signals

Presentation [ PDF 4.964 MB ]
Open House Display Boards [ PDF 4.628 MB ]
Functional Design Plan [ PDF 17.7 MB ]

Comments and information regarding this project will be collected to assist the project team in finalizing the design. All comments received, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.  Deadline extended - please send comments by January 15, 2017.

Approximately 100 people participated in the Open House.  A presentation by the consulting team was held at 7 pm followed by a question and answer period. Approximately 15 comment sheets were received during the course of the evening and approximately 30 emails were received prior to the deadline for comments.

Summary of Public Comments [ PDF 249 KB ]

  • Many participants identified these issues to be of greatest interest to them:
  • Widening sidewalks
  • Improving the cycling environment along the corridor 
  • Adding Street trees and Landscaped Boulevards
  • Concerns with the removal of the  two way left turn lane and access to the local businesses

City staff and the consulting team reviewed the feedback and the following drawings were amended to address the specific concerns:

  1. Addition of a pedestrian signal at Notting Hill and Bank Street
  2. Addition of a shared westbound transit lane with right turn lane  on Heron Road at Bank  Street as well as a double southbound left turn lane
  3. Modification to the median from Cecil Avenue to Randall Avenue
  4. Addition of a traffic signal at Blue Heron Mall and 1525 Bank Street
  5. Reconfiguration of the northbound cycling facility from Riverside Drive south to Riverside Drive North 

Foxbar Avenue to Surrey Avenue [ PDF 332 KB ]

Billings Bridge to Riverside Drive [ PDF 800 KB ]

Heron Road to Evans Avenue [ PDF 459 KB ]

Blue Heron Mall [ PDF 444 KB ]

Next Steps (updated March 2019)

  • Bank Street from Riverside Drive to Heron Road is currently forecast for construction to begin in 2021; however, this timeline could change dependent on bus detour routes required for Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction.
  • Bank Street from Heron Road to Ledbury Avenue is forecast for construction in 5-10 years.

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa has initiated a study to develop a Recommended Functional Design Plan for Bank Street from the Riverside Drive North to Ledbury Avenue. The Plan will include preliminary roadway geometry and general arrangements, typical cross sections, pavement markings, intersection details, preliminary landscape designs, and identify property requirements and project costs.

The Plan will build upon the Preliminary Design for Bank Street (Riverside Drive South to Walkley Road) completed in 2007and will incorporate recommendations emerging from the 2012 Bank Street Community Design Plan (CDP), the 2013 Official Plan (OP) and associated Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, and other recent studies and City policies such as the Complete Streets Implementation Framework.

Study Area Map [ PDF 1.854 MB ]

Presentation [ PDF 2.598 MB ]


The Bank Street CDP completed in 2012 is the Council-approved guide to the long-term growth and development of the portion of Bank Street from Riverside Drive to the CN rail line located south of Walkley Road (near Ledbury Avenue). The purpose of the CDP was to create a framework for the future development of these lands, which fulfills the policy direction outlined in the City's OP and sets the specific objectives for the Bank Street community. The CDP provides the land use concept for the area, as well as the servicing and transportation structure for future development.

The City of Ottawa completed a full update to the TMP in 2013. The TMP includes recommendations and actions that support the development of Complete Streets as a component of providing safe and efficient roads.

As part of the Complete Street Implementation Framework, one of the tools identified to support the process was the development of a multi-modal level of service (MMLOS) framework. The TMP provides high level direction on how the MMLOS will be considered and outlines preliminary measures for each mode: pedestrians, cycling, transit, trucks and motor vehicles. The guideline builds upon the work of the TMP and subsequent research into MMLOS indicators to provide a detailed overview of how the MMLOS indicators are to be used and interpreted as part of the transportation impact assessment process.

Study Objectives and Schedule

The development of a Recommended Functional Design Plan will be guided by a detailed assessment of the MMLOS for pedestrians, cyclists, transit service and general traffic for existing and future travel conditions at key locations within the corridor. This analysis considers the roadway geometry and operations of each travel mode and will be used as input in the analysis of design alternatives for the Riverside Drive (North and South), Alta Vista Drive, Heron Road and Walkley Road intersections, and for the roadway segments in between.

As portions of Bank Street are designated as either a Cross-Town Bikeway or a Spine Route on the City's Primary Urban Cycling Network (beyond 2031), a key study objective will be to incorporate cycling facilities into the Recommended Functional Design Plan. The results of the above noted MMLOS analysis will assist in identifying the need for and the degree to which protected facilities can be achieved.

As well, the study will review the need for transit signal priority and assess the feasibility of incorporating bus queue jump lanes at various intersections to address the expected increase in frequency of bus services over time needed to achieve the modal share objectives set out in the 2012 CDP.

The Recommended Functional Design Plan will be refined based on the input received from agencies, stakeholders and the public. Comments received will be considered and incorporated as appropriate into the plan and included in a final Functional Design Report.

This study is to be completed in early 2017.

How to Get Involved

The study will have the benefit of input from a Technical Advisory Committee and a Public and Business Consultation Group that will meet at key points during the study.

An Open House is tentatively scheduled for early October 2016 to provide an opportunity to review and provide input on the Recommended Functional Design Plan. Notification for the Open House will be provided through local newspaper notices, emails to the study mailing list and postings on this website.

Updated project information will be posted periodically on the study website.

You are encouraged to participate in the study through dialogue with your local Community Association or by directly contacting Ann Selfe to have your name placed on the study mailing list to receive project updates or to submit comments and questions.

Ann Selfe, P.Eng.
Senior Implementation Engineer
Development Review Transportation Engineering Services
Transportation Services Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 13185