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Bay Street cycling facility (Wellington Street to Laurier Avenue West)

Project Status: 
Underway

Project overview

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Project description

The City of Ottawa has identified a need and opportunity to upgrade the existing cycling facility on Bay Street in a five block sector between Laurier Avenue and Wellington Street. In general, this project will provide a northbound cycle track on the east side of the roadway and a southbound cycle track on the west side of the roadway.

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design of this project in 2018 with the construction of the project planned for 2019/2021.

For Bay Street, the works will include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • New concrete sidewalks
  • Raised cycle tracks for both the northbound and southbound direction
  • Two northbound travel lanes including localized pavement rehabilitation as required
  • New traffic signals and street lighting as required
  • Pavement markings and signage
  • Cycling treatments such as marked cross rides, bike boxes, and two-stage left-turn boxes, and,
  • Reinstatement of soft and hardscape areas.
  • Storm and sanitary replacement at Bay Street and Queen Street.
  • Storm and sanitary replacement at Bay Street and Albert Street. 
  • Watermain replacement at Bay Street and Albert Street.

Benefits to the community from this bikeway include:

  • Higher levels of cycling safety and comfort for all ages and abilities
  • Increased separation between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic
  • Create an important link to existing cycling network and future extensions
  • Balancing the need to provide access, as well as an appropriate amount of on-street parking and loading space

Key map [ PDF - 645 KB ]

Project update (November 2020)

Advanced construction work began in summer 2019 with utility relocation.

Some unexpected underground work has impacted the schedule for this project. The project team is working diligently to complete as much work as possible, while the weather is favourable. The majority of the concrete sidewalks will be completed in 2020 with the remaining asphalt and landscaping restoration to be completed in 2021. The cycling facilities are anticipated to be open in the spring of 2021.

Over the coming weeks the following work can be expected:

  • completing underground signalized intersection works,
  • forming and pouring concrete sidewalks,
  • permanent asphalt reinstatement of road cuts and curb cuts, and
  • temporary asphalt will be placed in areas which are not ready for permanent asphalt

Winter shutdown
A winter shutdown of operations is expected to start in December 2020. The area will remain accessible to residents over the winter months.

The following work can be expected in preparation for the winter shutdown:

  • All concrete sidewalks will be poured and reinstated throughout the project limits. Hard surface concrete sidewalk will be completed throughout the project limits
  • Permanent asphalt will be placed on roads, where possible.
  • Temporary asphalt will be used to fill any potholes and placed at intersections, where required.

Throughout the winter, the City will continue to perform regular inspections to ensure the construction site remains fully accessible for residents.

In early 2021, following the winter shutdown, work will re-commence and includes:

  • paving and painting remaining cycle tracks;
  • top lift asphalt on Bay Street;
  • any outstanding concrete works; and
  • final landscaping and reinstatement works throughout the site

Project timing

Design: spring 2018 – fall 2018
Construction:

  • Fall 2019 - underground works at the intersections of Bay Street and Albert Street and Bay Street and Queen Street.
  • Spring/Fall 2020 - aboveground works (cycle tracks, sidewalks, road construction)
  • Spring/ Summer 2021- final asphalt lift and paving, concrete work and final landscaping.

Budget

Projects funds approved to date are $6.2 million.

Public involvement

A public information session was held June 27, 2018, to present the preliminary design drawings to the public. At that time attendees were able to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the City’s Project Manager.

COVID-19

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community. The Province of Ontario has allowed certain businesses and workplaces, including all municipal construction projects, to continue operations subject to compliance with strict public health and safety protocols. The City is working closely with the industry and complying with restrictions and recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

For more information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager.

Project Update (September 2021)

The City is pleased to announce that the cycling and pedestrian facilities constructed through the Bay Street Cycling Facility project are ready for use!

This $6.2 million project included the replacement of the existing storm and sanitary sewer and watermain at the intersection of Bay and Albert streets. This project also included an upgrade the existing northbound bike lane on Bay Street, between Laurier Avenue and Wellington Street with the construction of a new northbound cycle track on the east side of the roadway. A new southbound cycle track on the west side of the roadway was constructed from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street.

Advanced construction work began in summer 2019 with utility relocation.

The majority of the concrete sidewalks and underground work were completed in 2020 with the remaining concrete, asphalt and landscaping restoration completed this summer. Cycling facilities are also now operational.

This is a map of the Bay Street Cycling Facilities with Bay Street highlighted between Laurier Ave and Wellington Street.

Construction Update

Construction is now complete on the Bay Street Cycling Facilities project. Over the duration of the project, the following work was completed:

  • Replacement of the existing storm and sanitary sewer and watermain at the intersection of Bay Street and Albert Street
  • Sanitary and storm sewer work at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street
  • Completion of underground signalized intersection work
  • Completion of new concrete curbs and sidewalk installations
  • Completion of concrete crosswalks
  • Granite curb installations at Bay Street near Wellington Street
  • Utility poles and cable relocations
  • Catch basins have been relocated and reinstalled along Bay Street
  • New water hydrants have been installed on Bay Street
  • Installation of pavement markings throughout the project limits
  • Installation of traffic signals at all intersections including cycle track signals
  • Soil cell installation and new trees planted. Soil cells provide trees in urban environments with suitable conditions that promote healthy growth.
  • Landscaping plantings and paving stones have been completed.
  • Benches have been installed.

Minor work and cleanup is expected over the remainder of the summer. Work includes sodding and minor asphalt/concrete repairs.

Traffic Impacts

Minor traffic impacts may infrequently be expected as part of the work and cleanup. One lane of traffic and cycling and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times throughout the project limits on Bay Street between Wellington Street and Laurier Avenue.

This is a photo showing the new cycle track open and cycle signal heads activated.
New Cycle Track Open and Cycle Signal Heads activated

This is a photo of the new benches and trees along the east side of Bay Street, looking north, along with the cycle track.
New Benches and Trees along Cycle Track

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, call the City at 3-1-1.
Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

City Project Manager
Carolyn Newcombe, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 28230

Consultant Representative
Jeremy Smith
Construction Administrator
Parsons
Tel: 613-355-8308

Contractor Representative
Danny Marin
Ottawa Dsquared
Tel: 613-822-1042, ext. 109

Notices (2020)

Project update notice (November 2020)

The purpose of this notice is to provide you with an update on the Bay Street Cycling Facility project.

Advanced construction work began in summer 2019 with utility relocation.

Some unexpected underground work has impacted the schedule for this project. The project team is working diligently to complete as much work as possible, while the weather is favourable. The majority of the concrete sidewalks will be completed in 2020 with the remaining asphalt and landscaping restoration to be completed in 2021. The cycling facilities are anticipated to be open in the spring of 2021.

Throughout the winter, the City will continue to perform regular inspections to ensure the construction site remains fully accessible for residents.

What: The work includes:

  • New concrete sidewalks
  • Raised cycle tracks for both the northbound and southbound direction
  • Two northbound travel lanes including localized pavement rehabilitation as required
  • New traffic signals and street lighting as required
  • Pavement markings and signage
  • Cycling treatments such as marked cross rides, bike boxes, and two-stage left-turn boxes, and,
  • Reinstatement of soft and hardscape areas.
  • Storm and sanitary replacement at Bay Street and Queen Street.
  • Storm and sanitary replacement at Bay Street and Albert Street.
  • Watermain replacement at Bay Street and Albert Street.

Why: The work will also upgrade the existing cycling facility on Bay Street. The work also includes the rehabilitation of underground watermains and storm and sanitary sewers.

When: The project began in spring 2020 and is expected to be completed by summer 2021.

Where: The work is located on Bay Street between Laurier Avenue and Wellington Street.

Who: The Contractor, Ottawa DSquared Construction, will be performing the construction work at Bay/Queen Streets for the City of Ottawa.

Traffic Impacts

During winter shut down, beginning in December until spring 2021, one lane of traffic and one cycling lane will be maintained at all times. Pedestrian access will also be maintained.

Construction Disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction.

Construction notice (May 2020)

The Bay Street Cycling Facility project started construction in April 2020. In advance of the above ground works (cycle tracks, sidewalks, etc.), the City of Ottawa will be completing the combined sewer separation at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street.

Who: The Contractor, Ottawa D Squared Construction, will be performing the construction work at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The work is being completed to upgrade the combined sewer separation infrastructure at the Bay Street and Queen Street intersection in advance of the above ground works for the Bay Street Cycling Facility.

What: Work will involve the combined sewer separation at the west leg of Bay Street and Queen Street.

When: Construction for the underground work mentioned above will commence mid- May.

Where: The work is located at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street.

Traffic Impacts

Throughout construction, there will be lane closures as required to facilitate the work. From May 11 to May 21, 2020, Queen Street, from Bronson Avenue to Bay Street will be closed in both directions to traffic, including cyclists in order to accommodate sanitary sewer work. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. As alternative routes, vehicles and cyclists can use Sparks Street for westbound travel and Slater Street for eastbound travel. Local access will be allowed on Queen Street, entering from Bronson Avenue.

Construction Disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction.

Construction notice (April 2020)

The Bay Street Cycling Facility project will include a raised northbound cycle track on the east side of the roadway and a raised southbound cycle track on the west side of the roadway from Laurier Avenue to Wellington Street.

Who: The Contractor, Ottawa DSquared Construction, will be performing the construction work on behalf of the City of Ottawa.

Why: The project will provide higher levels of cycling safety and comfort for all ages and abilities, increased separation between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic, creating an important link to existing cycling network and future extensions and balancing the need to provide access.

What: The project includes:

  • Upgrades to underground infrastructure at the intersections of Bay Street and Queen Street and Bay Street and Albert Street.
  • New concrete sidewalks
  • Raised cycle tracks for both the northbound and southbound direction, each with dedicated signal heads at signalized intersections
  • Localized pavement rehabilitation
  • New traffic signals and street lighting
  • Pavement markings and signage
  • Cycling treatments such as marked cross rides, bike boxes, and two-stage left-turn boxes
  • Landscaping

When: Construction is expected to begin in April and be completed by the end of 2020.

Where: The work is located on Bay Street between Wellington Street and Laurier Avenue.

Traffic Impacts

Throughout construction, lane closures will be required to facilitate the work. A minimum of one vehicle lane and one bicycle lane will be maintained at all times. Queen Street will be closed between Bronson Avenue and Bay Street for five to 10 days to facilitate the construction of the new sanitary sewer. The timing for this closure will be communicated in advance of the work occurring. Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be implemented.

The intersection of Bay Street and Albert Street will be completely closed between April 20 to April 25 to facilitate the construction of the underground infrastructure. Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be implemented. Two-way access on Bay Street will be permitted to allow local access to residences and businesses on Bay Street between Albert Street and Queen Street. Signage will be in place.

Construction Disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction.

Notices (2019)

Construction notice (October 2019)

The Bay Street Cycling Facility project is scheduled for construction to start in November 2019. In advance of the above ground works (cycle tracks, sidewalks, etc.) which will be completed in 2020, the City of Ottawa will be completing the combined sewer separation at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street.

Who: The contractor, Ottawa DSquared Construction, will be performing the construction work at Bay/Queen Streets for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The work is being completed to upgrade the underground infrastructure at these intersections in advance of the above ground works for the Bay Street Cycling Facility.

What: Work will involve the combined sewer separation at the west leg of Bay Street and Queen Street.

When:

  • Construction for the underground work mentioned above will commence in early November and will be completed by the end of November 2019.
  • Construction for the above ground works on Bay Street will commence in Spring 2020.
  • Watermain, storm and sanitary works at the intersection of Bay/Albert Streets will also begin in Spring 2020.

Where: The work is located at the intersection of Bay/Queen Streets.

Traffic impacts

Throughout construction, there will be lane closures as required to facilitate the work. The west leg of the Bay/Queen Streets intersection will be closed between November 4 and November 15 to facilitate the construction of the new sanitary sewer. Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be implemented.

Construction disruptions

The contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Impact on the right of way and adjacent private properties

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction.

Construction notice (September 2019)

The Bay Street Cycling Facility project is scheduled for construction to start in October 2019. In advance of the above ground works (cycle tracks, sidewalks, etc.) which will be completed in 2020, the City of Ottawa will be completing the combined sewer separation at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street. Enbridge Gas will be completing gas main work at the intersection of Bay/Albert this fall in advance of the City’s watermain, storm and sanitary work at Bay/Albert which will commence in Spring 2020.

Who: The Contractor, Ottawa DSquared Construction, will be performing the construction work at Bay/Queen Street for the City of Ottawa. AECON for Enbridge Gas will be performing the construction work at Bay/Albert for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The work is being completed to upgrade the underground infrastructure at these intersections in advance of the above ground works for the Bay Street Cycling Facility.

What: Work will involve:

  • The combined sewer separation at the west leg of Bay Street and Queen Street
  • Gas main upgrades at the intersection of Bay Street and Albert Street.

When:

  • Construction for the underground work mentioned above will be completed in the Fall 2019.
  • Construction for the above ground works on Bay Street will commence in Spring 2020.
  • Watermain, storm and sanitary works at the intersection of Bay/Albert will also begin in the Spring of 2020.

Where: The work is located at the intersections of Bay/Albert and Bay/Queen.

Traffic Impacts

Throughout construction, there will be lane closures as required to facilitate the work. The west leg of the Bay/Queen intersection will be closed for 5 to 10 days to facilitate the construction of the new sanitary sewer. Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be implemented.

The intersection of Bay/Albert will be completely closed the weekend of October 18-20. There is potential for a second weekend closure during October 25-27. Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be implemented. Two-way access on Bay Street will be permitted to allow local access to residences and businesses on Bay Street between Albert Street and Queen Street.

Construction Disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction.

Construction notice (May 2019)

The Bay Street Cycling Facility is scheduled for construction to start in the late summer 2019. In advance of that work, starting in mid-May, Hydro Ottawa will be relocating their hydro poles on Bay Street between Queen Street and Laurier Avenue to facilitate the construction of the cycling facility. The hydro pole relocation work will be completed in the summer 2019. Please note that this work is being managed by Hydro Ottawa, with the City of Ottawa staff providing overall support.

It is anticipated that construction for the Bay Street Cycling Facility will commence in the late summer 2019. Another notice with further details will be distributed prior to that work commencing.

Who: Hydro Ottawa will be performing the construction work for the City of Ottawa.

Why: This work is being completed to facilitate the construction of the Bay Street Cycling Facility.

What: Work will involve the installation of new hydro poles, the transfer of hydro lines and telecommunication lines to the new poles and the removal of the existing poles.

When: Construction for the hydro pole relocation will begin in mid-May 2019. The work will be completed in the summer 2019.

Where: The work is located along Bay Street between Queen Street and Laurier Avenue.

Traffic impacts

Throughout construction, there will be single lane closures as required to facilitate the work.

Construction disruptions

The contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Impact on the right of way and adjacent private properties

The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction.

Public information session display boards (June 27, 2018)

Welcome and project overview

Welcome to a public Information session for the Bay Street cycling facility project.

The City of Ottawa has identified a need and opportunity to upgrade the existing cycling facility on Bay Street in a five block sector between Laurier Avenue and Wellington Street. In general, this project will provide a northbound cycle track on the east side of the roadway and a southbound cycle track on the west side of the roadway.

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design of this project in 2018 with the construction of the project planned for 2019.

For Bay Street, the works will include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • New concrete sidewalks
  • Raised cycle tracks for both the northbound and southbound direction
  • Two northbound travel lanes including localized pavement rehabilitation as required
  • New traffic signals and street lighting as required
  • Pavement markings and signage
  • Cycling treatments such as marked cross rides, bike boxes, and two-stage left-turn boxes, and,
  • Reinstatement of s oft and hardscape areas.

At this public information session you will be able to review the preliminary designs for the project. Representatives from the City, consulting team and the Ward Councillor are available to discuss the project and answer your questions.

Key map [ PDF - 645 KB ]

Design features

The key features of the design are:

  • New, accessible concrete sidewalks (1.8m to 2.0m) with a 0.2m tactile delineator strips when adjacent to cycle tracks;
  • 1.5m cycle tracks in both directions, with a 0.50m wide buffer from the roadway on the east, and a 0.70m wide buffer on the west;
  • Signal heads for cyclists;
  • Integration with ongoing and upcoming projects along the corridor;
  • Two motor vehicle travel lanes - the left lane will be 3.0m wide, and the right lane will be 3.3-3.5m wide;
  • A northbound bus stop south of Queen Street; and
  • Landscaping where possible.

Cycling safety

The design has regard for current best practices that pursue safe cycling, as well as lessons learned from other cycling-oriented streets including Laurier Avenue and O’Connor Street.

Key safety features that are built into the design include:

  • Buffered, grade-separated cycle tracks located at sidewalk level;
  • Cross-rides and “bend outs” at intersections where appropriate; and
  • A variety of pavement marking and signage features.

Preliminary design – Wellington Street to Laurier Avenue [ PDF - 18.1 MB ]

Preliminary implementation schedule

The project schedule is as follows:

  • Preliminary design: ongoing
  • Detailed design: summer to fall 2018
  • Tender of project: fall 2018 to winter 2019
  • Construction commencement: summer 2019. Subject to coordination with adjacent projects.

The construction process will consist of lane reductions to complete the construction of the roadway, intersection modifications, cycle tracks, sidewalks, and landscaping reinstatement. Detailed design will determine the requirement for any utility relocations.

Next steps

Following this public information session, your feedback will be reviewed along with input received from property owners, community members and city-wide stakeholders, in finalizing elements of the project.

Please identify any comments or concerns you would like to see addressed. Please fill out a comment sheet and leave it in the box provided, or return to us by July 6, 2018.

Comments or questions can also be submitted by email to the City’s Project Manager, Justin Kurosky.

Your views are important to the success of this project. Thank you for your participation!

Public information session (June 27, 2018)

Posted: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 9:11 am
Last updated: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 11:22 am

Dates & Times

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:00 pm

Location

City Hall, Colonel By Room
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a public information session to present the Bay Street cycle track design planned in your neighborhood.

Why: The Bay Street cycle track project includes:

  • New concrete sidewalks
  • Raised cycle tracks for both the northbound and southbound direction
  • Two northbound travel lanes including localized pavement rehabilitation as required
  • New traffic signals and street lighting as required
  • Pavement markings and signage
  • Cycling treatments such as marked cross rides, bike boxes, and two-stage left-turn boxes
  • Reinstatement of soft and hardscape areas

What: The infrastructure is being constructed to enhance the existing cycling infrastructure on Bay Street between Laurier Avenue West and Wellington Street as well as provide a new southbound cycling facility on Bay Street within the project limits.

When: The City is planning to start the construction work in the spring 2019 and completion for the fall of 2019.

Where: Bay Street from Laurier Avenue West to Wellington Street

At the public information session, you will be able to review the preliminary designs for the entire project. Representatives from the City, consulting team and the Ward Councillor will be available to discuss the project and answer your questions. Your input is an important part of the consultation process.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Justin Kurosky, Senior Engineer
Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development
Design and Construction, Municipal
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 21712

Michel Bisson, Principal Engineer
Parsons Corporation
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
Phone: 613-691-1572

Comments should be submitted by Friday, July 6, 2018.

Contact

Justin Kurosky
Phone: 
613-580-2424 ext. 21712