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

Project Status: 
Underway

Project overview (April 2020)

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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 2019/2020.

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 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)

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.

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

Lee-Anne Truong, P.Eng., PMP.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
100 Constellation Drive, Sixth Floor West
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27805

Construction notice (May 2020)

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting our people and the community. The City of Ottawa has reviewed the essential workplaces information provided by the Province; construction on critical infrastructure projects - including roads, bridges, sewer, water, transit and transportation - falls within the exemption. As such, at this time, the City is not suspending work on these types of projects.

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.

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.

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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.

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 Contractor’s Representative or the City’s Project Manager noted below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

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.

Contact Information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.

For further information about this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager.

City Project Manager
Lee-Anne Truong, P.Eng., PMP
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27805

Consultant Representative
Rob McKay
Construction Administrator
Parsons
Tel: 613-691-1549

Contractor Representative
Matt Iacobucci, Ottawa Dsquared
Tel: 613-316-7688

Traffic impacts

In order to complete the gas main work and underground works at the Bay/Albert Streets and Bay/Queen Streets intersections, the following road closures are required.

Closure of the intersection at Albert/Bay Streets – Enbridge Gas vital main work

  • October 25 at 7 pm to October 27 at 10 pm
  • November 15 at 7 pm to November 17 at 10 pm
  • November 22 at 7 pm to November 24 at 10 pm

Closure at Queen Street between Bronson and Bay Streets – City of Ottawa storm and sanitary work

  • November 4 to 15

Construction notice (April 2020)

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community. The Province of Ontario has deemed construction an essential service and therefore, construction is continuing. The City is working closely with the industry and complying with restrictions and recommendations provided by health officials at municipal, provincial and federal levels and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

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.

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 Contractor’s Representative or the City’s Project Manager noted below.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

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.

Contact Information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1. For further information about this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

City’s Project Manager
Lee-Anne Truong, P.Eng., PMP
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27805

Consultant Representative
Rob McKay
Construction Administrator
Parsons
Tel: 613-691-1549

Contractor Representative
Matt Iacobucci, Ottawa DSquared
Tel: 613-316-7688

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.

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 contractor’s Representative or the City’s Project Manager noted below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request.

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.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1. For further information about this project, please contact the City’s project manager.

City’s project manager:
Lee-Anne Truong, P.Eng., PMP 
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27805
Consultant representative:
Rob McKay 
Construction Administrator
Parsons
Tel: 613-691-1549
Contractor representative:
Matt Iacobucci
Ottawa Dsquared
Tel: 613-316-7688

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.

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 Contractor’s Representative or the City’s Project Manager noted below.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request.

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.

Contact Information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1. For further information about this project contact the City’s Project Manager.

City’s Project Manager
Lee-Anne Truong, P.Eng., PMP
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27805

Consultant Representative
Rob McKay
Construction Administrator
Parsons
Tel: 613-691-1549

Contractor Representative
Matt Iacobucci
Ottawa Dsquared
Tel: (613) 316-7688

Utility Representative
Andrew Murray
Enbridge Gas Distribution
Tel: 613-748-6746

Enbridge Contractor’s Representative
Paolo Belte, AECON Utilities
Tel: 613-296-2223

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.

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 contractor’s representative or the City’s project manager noted below.

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.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1. For further information about this project, please contact the City’s project manager.

City’s project manager:
Lee-Anne Truong, P.Eng., PMP.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
100 Constellation Drive, Sixth Floor West
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27805

Consultant representative:
Michel Bisson, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Parsons
Tel.: 613-691-1572

Contractor’s representative:
Ryan Winkenweder, System Designer
Hydro Ottawa Ltd.
Tel.: 613-738-5499 Ext. 7125

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