Slide 1 – Title Page
Welcome to this online consultation for the Blair Road Transit Priority Project Environmental Assessment Study. This video provides an overview of the Preliminary Recommended Plan for Transit Priority from Blair Light Rail Transit Station to Innes Road.
Slide 2 – Preliminary Recommended Design Highlights
The preliminary recommended design incorporates:
- A full “complete street” redesign of the corridor that includes pedestrian and cycling facilities and enhanced accessibility to provide barrier free access for all users
- Road widening for combined bus only and high occupancy vehicle lanes
- Protected intersections at all signalized intersections
- 2 new pedestrian crossings to provide safer access to bus stops
- Reconfiguration of the high-speed Ottawa Road 174 interchange ramps to reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety for all road users
Slide 3 – Separate Blair Road Transit Priority EA
The Blair Road Transit Priority Project was introduced at the last Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension and Cumberland Transitway Environmental Assessment Study public consultation in November 2019. Given the longer-term implementation horizon and complexity of this study, City Council approved a separate Environmental Assessment Study for the Blair Road Transit Priority Corridor as a stand-alone project. This would allow for earlier completion of the EA study for the Blair Road project.
Slide 4 – Blair Road Transit Priority EA - Study Area
The current Blair Road Study Corridor is approximately 2 km long extending from the Blair LRT Station in the north to Innes Road in the South.
For this study, several design options were developed for a Transit Priority Corridor along with pedestrian and cycling facilities. The Design Alternatives were assessed based on their ability to accommodate active transportation, maintain traffic operations, and preserve the National Capital Commission Greenbelt rural features directly east of Blair Road. The preferred design is being presented in 2 sections:
- Blair Road / Ottawa Road 174 Interchange Area
- Blair Road - South of Ottawa Road 174
Slide 5 – Existing Conditions South of Meadowbrook Road
For the first section of Blair Road south of Meadowbrook Road, this is currently a two (2) lane roadway with paved shoulders and ditches. North of Meadowbrook Road to the Ottawa Road 174, Blair Road is a four (4) lane roadway.
Note that all cross-section views are shown looking to the south.
Slide 6 – Recommended Cross-Sections
The proposed design from south of Ottawa Road 174 to Innes Road generally includes a four-lane roadway with one (1) new combined high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) and Transit lane per direction.
To maximize connectivity for pedestrian and cyclists, included is a multi-use pathway on the west side directly adjacent to the community. This pathway also serves as a bi-directional cycling facility for cyclists from the adjacent community to reduce crossing of Blair Road. While this design preserves the natural rural features associated with the Greenbelt along the east edge of the corridor, an approximately 10 metre strip of Greenbelt is needed for this design.
The City’s Transportation Master Plan includes future plans post 2031 for a separate Bus-Rapid Transit Facility as shown in the bottom cross-section. In the future, the combined HOV and Transit lanes can be converted to general purpose lanes once the future Transitway is implemented.
Slide 7 – Recommended Treatment at Bus Stops
At bus stop locations on the east side of Blair Road, localized sidewalks and northbound cycle tracks will be added to improve safety. For greater connectivity to bus stops, two (2) new pedestrian crossing signals will be added. One of the new crossings is located immediately south of Laura Private, as shown in the plan view.
Slide 8 – Existing Conditions at Ottawa Road 174 Bridge
Moving north to the second section at Blair Road and Ottawa Road 174 interchange bridge, the existing condition includes two (2) traffic lanes per direction as well as a northbound high-speed auxiliary or turning lane between the east side on and off-ramps. Although there are cycling lanes on the bridge, the northbound cycling lane is between the northbound traffic lane and the auxiliary lane between the freeway ramps and is exposed to relatively high-speed traffic on both sides. While there are no sidewalks on the bridge, there is a pedestrian overpass over Ottawa Road 174 connecting to Blair Transit Station 200 m to the west.
Slide 9 –Recommended Cross-Section at OR 174
The recommended design over the Ottawa Road 174 avoids major modifications to the structure and maintains the two (2) traffic lanes per direction. A new 4 metre Multi-Use Pathway is proposed on the west side which will directly connect to the proposed Multi-Use Pathway south of the Ottawa Road 174 interchange. The west side Multi-Use Pathway is also directly adjacent to the Blair LRT Station, shopping centre and new residential towers for greater pedestrian and cycling connectivity. The east side sidewalk and cycle track will help maximize mobility and provide compatibility with the proposed future cross-section to the south.
Slide 10 – Overview - Blair / Ottawa Road 174 Interchange
Let’s now review the design along the Blair Road corridor starting at the Ottawa Road 174 Interchange. This plan highlights the three proposed interchange ramp realignments. In general, the ramp realignments reduce the turning radius at entry points, thereby lowering vehicle speeds and increasing safety for all users. Furthermore, cyclists and pedestrians crossing the ramp are more visible to motorists and minimize crossing distances.
Slide 11 – Detail - Blair Road at Blair Station
For a closer view at Blair Road near Blair Station, the redesign has removed channelized, or separated right turn lanes with traffic islands to improve safety as channelized right turn lanes promote higher vehicle speeds and are not well suited for pedestrians and cyclists. This plan illustrates the removal of the channelized southbound right turn lane at Blair Station. The proposed west side multi-use pathway, shown in blue, is broken out into separate pedestrian and bi-directional cycling facilities upon approach to the intersection crossing locations.
The intersection at Blair Station has been redesigned as a protected intersection that segregates cyclists and pedestrians and improves safety for all road users.
Slide 12 – Overview - South of Ottawa Road 174 to Meadowbrook
Moving south of Ottawa Road 174 along Blair Road is an overview of the design to Meadowbrook Road and proposes the realignment of the Ottawa Road 174 east off ramp to Blair Road heading north. To the south of the Ottawa Road 174 interchange, one combined HOV and Transit lane, shown in yellow, and one general traffic lane are provided in both directions. The multi-use pathway along the west side of the road from Blair Station, shown in blue, will extend south. Along the east side is a paved shoulder suitable for cycling.
Slide 13 – Detail – Blair / Ottawa Road 174 – South Ramps
This is a closer view of the Ottawa Road 174 interchange at the southern ramps and provides greater detail of the realigned Ottawa Road 174 east off ramp to Blair Road heading north. A channelized or separated right turn lane is included to reduce speed and for greater visibility of pedestrians and cyclists.
Slide 14 – Detail – Blair Road at Meadowbrook Road
This figure gives a closer view of the proposed design at the Meadowbrook Road intersection as a partial protected intersection. Channelized right turn lanes have been removed to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. Protected cycle lanes, shown in green will transition to on-street cycling on Meadowbrook Road. Along the east side of Blair Road, separate northbound cycle track and sidewalk are proposed at the bus stop just north of the intersection.
Slide 15 – Ultimate Plan – Cumberland Transitway and Meadowbrook Station
To illustrate what the future Cumberland bus rapid transitway would look like near the Pine View Golf course, here is a perspective view showing the transitway in an open cut below the roadway with an overpass to access the golf course. Parking for the golf course will need to be relocated.
Slide 16 – Overview – Laura to North of Beaverpond
Moving further south is an overview of the proposed design from Laura Private to Beaverpond Drive. A new pedestrian crossing is shown to access the bus stop across from Laura Private. Sound barriers are proposed for residential properties backing onto the west side of Blair Road, shown in dark blue, except at locations where suitable sound barriers currently exist.
Slide 17 – Overview - Beaverpond to North of Innes
Heading further south is an overview from Beaverpond Drive to north of Innes Road. Sound barriers are proposed for residential properties backing onto the west side of Blair Road.
Slide 18 – Detail – Blair Road at Beaverpond Drive
This is a closer view at Beaverpond Drive showing the relocation of the pedestrian crossing to the north side of the intersection to increase transit level-of-service. Similar to the other intersections presented, the proposed west side multi-use pathway is broken out into separate pedestrian and bi-directional cycling facilities upon approach to the Beaverpond Drive crossing. Please note that based on recent consultations held, a fully signalized intersection is now proposed at this intersection and the functional design will be revised following this on-line consultation.
Slide 19 – Overview - Connection to Innes
At the southern limits of the study area Blair Road connects with Innes Road. The design includes a new pedestrian crossing signal at the bus stop approximately 200 metres north of Innes Road.
Sound barriers are also proposed for residential properties backing onto the west side of Blair Road. The sound barrier, shown in dark blue, includes an overlapping opening to allow access to the existing pathway.
Slide 20 – Detail – Blair Road at Innes Road
A closer view at the Blair and Innes Road intersection illustrates a protected intersection design and will provide connectivity with future cycling and pedestrian facilities along Innes Road.
The west side multi-use pathway is broken out into separate pedestrian and bi-directional cycling facilities on the approach to Innes.
Slide 21 – Potential Environmental Effects
Potential environmental impacts include higher noise levels, loss of landscaping, property acquisition and work-related nuisances such as noise, vibration and dust. Potential mitigation measures include the installation of sound barriers (if necessary and feasible), localized landscaping, agreements with landowners, and provisions in contracts to reduce work-related nuisances.
Slide 22 - Next Steps / Proposed Timelines
The next steps for the project include:
- Finalizing the functional design of the recommended plan in the fall of 2020
- A presentation to Transportation Committee and Council for approval in December 2020
- Finalizing the Environmental Study Report and filing the final Report for public review in the Winter of 2021.
Slide 23 – Questions and Comments
For more information and to provide feedback by Friday, October 23rd, 2020, please visit www.ottawa.ca/blairroad.