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Brian Coburn Extension / Cumberland Transitway Westerly Alternate Corridor EA Study

Project Status: 
Underway

Project Overview

Project Update July 2019

Since the May 2018 Open House, the Project Team has received valuable input from the public, stakeholders, and NCC throughout the study period. Study activities to date are summarized below.

Geotechnical Investigations

The City received approval to access the NCC Greenbelt lands in December 2018 to undertake site investigations including borehole samples and geotechnical testing. Field work was completed in March 2019.

Expanded Scope and Study Area

The scope of the environmental assessment study has been expanded to include Blair Road widening for Transit Priority between Innes Road and the Blair LRT Station.

Brian Coburn Study Area July 2019

High Level Screening from 7 to 4 Options

A high level screening of the seven roadway and bus rapid transit options has been completed and four options are being carried forward for further assessment and evaluation. Further details of the high level screening are attached [ PDF 1.3 MB ]  The four short listed options are attached [ PDF 345 KB ]

Evaluation Criteria for the 4 Short Listed Options

The four short listed options will be assessed using evaluation criteria selected with input from the public, stakeholders, and in consultation with the NCC. The evaluation criteria fall within four groupings: Transportation and Transit, Natural Environment, Social / Cultural Environment and Cost. 

Attached [ PDF 1.2 MB ] are the evaluation criteria, rationale for the criteria and method of comparison.

Design Alternatives

Once the preferred roadway and bus rapid transit corridors have been confirmed, design alternatives will be identified and assessed considering:

  • Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • Potential for high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for buses and carpoolers
  • Cross-section design elements such as urban and rural
  • Grade separations/structures and
  • Storm drainage

Short-term affordable transit priority options are also being developed as part of the preferred solution.

Blair Road Transit Priority Design Options

The Project Team has commenced work on the Blair Road widening for Transit Priority between Innes Road and the Blair LRT Station. Design options to widen Blair Road for Transit Priority have been prepared and are attached [ PDF 400 KB ] 

Next Steps

The next round of consultations, including an open house is anticipated in the fall of 2019 to present the following:

  • Evaluation and assessment of the four roadway and bus rapid transit ultimate options and the recommended option
  • Recommended short-term and affordable Transit Priority solution (Chapel Hill Park and Ride to Blair Road at Innes Road)
  • Recommended design option for the Blair Road widening for Transit Priority.

Project Update May 2019

Since the May 2018 Open House, the Project Team has received valuable input from the public and stakeholders on this project. Recent study activities include:

  • The City received approval to access the NCC Greenbelt lands in December 2018 to undertake site investigations including borehole samples and geotechnical testing. Field work was completed in March 2019.
  • The Project Team met with NCC over the winter to obtain their input to the route options that impact the Greenbelt.
  • A screening is underway of the 7 Roadway / Transit options to a shorter list of options to carry forward for further assessment and evaluation.
  • Short-term affordable transit priority options are being developed as part of the preferred solution.

The scope of the study has been expanded to include Blair Road widening for transit priority between Innes Road and the Blair LRT Station as shown in the expanded study area. This expanded scope provides for a fulsome review of transit priority as busses within the study area are primarily destined to the Blair LRT Station.

The second Open House is anticipated to be in early Fall 2019 to present:

  • The screening of the 7 route options to a shorter list of options
  • Short-term affordable transit priority options (Blair Road to Navan Road)
  • Recommended long term and short term options (Blair Road to Navan Road)
  • Introduction of the Blair Road Widening for Transit Priority to Blair LRT Station EA Study
  • Blair Road transit priority options

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass Extension (BHBPE) was completed and approved in 1999. The EA for the Cumberland Transitway was also undertaken at the same time as the BHBPE EA due to their proximity, particularly for the section from the Bypass to Mer Bleue Road (Figure 1).

 Blackburn Hamlet Bypass Extension

Figure 1: Recommended Alignments within Navan Road Corridor

Portions of the BHBPE (now called Brian Coburn Boulevard) have been built from Navan Road to east of Mer Bleue Road.  A recent geotechnical analysis concluded that the soil conditions in the vicinity of Navan Road to BHBPE section are very poor and the roadway would require considerably more funds to construct than previously estimated. The City is in search of a more cost-effective alternate corridor. Consideration must be given to any consequential changes to the adjacent future Cumberland Transitway.

Study Area

The EA study limits will extend from Blair Road to Brian Coburn Boulevard and south to Anderson/Renaud Road to allow for a larger range of alternatives to be examined. 

Brian Coburn study area

Figure 2: Study Area

Study Process

The study is being conducted in accordance with Ontario's EA Act, fulfilling the requirements of the Municipal Class EA process for Schedule C projects. The City must consider alternatives for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental impacts of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts.

The study will also address potential implications of federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.

As part of the study process, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared for public review.

Get involved!

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 will be posted periodically on the study website.

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.

Two open houses (minimum) will be scheduled throughout the study as an opportunity for interested persons to learn about the study and provide input. Notifications for the open house will be provided through local newspapers, e-mails to the study mailing list and postings on the website.

To have your name placed on the study mailing list or to submit comments or questions, please contact:

Frank McKinney, P. Eng.
Program Manager, Transportation Planning and Environmental Assessments
Transportation Services Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor,
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 28540
Email: Frank.McKinney@ottawa.ca

Notice of Commencement and Open House #1

Posted: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:57 am
Last updated: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 1:15 pm

Dates & Times

Thursday, May 17, 2018,
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa
3349 Navan Road
Ottawa, ON

Free parking is available

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Environmental Assessment (EA) study to develop an alternate plan for both the Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension and the Cumberland Transitway west of Navan Road. A recent geotechnical analysis concluded that the soil conditions in the area are very poor and it will be more costly than previously estimated to implement the previously approved 1999 EA Study Recommended Plans. As such, the City is in search of a more cost-effective solution.

Brian Coburn Extension / Cumberland Transitway Westerly Alternate Corridor EA Study Area map

The study is being undertaken in accordance with Schedule C of the Municipal Class EA, which is an approved process under the Ontario EA Act. The EA process will involve developing, assessing and evaluating alternatives, leading to a Recommended Plan.

This Open House will provide information on:

  • Study process and existing conditions
  • Preliminary corridor options

Your participation is an important component of the study and interested persons are invited to provide comments throughout the EA process. Any comments received will be collected under the EA Act and with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. 

Open House Display Boards [ PDF 15.083 MB ]

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email the project manager below before the event.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact:

Frank McKinney P.Eng.
Program Manager
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
Email: frank.mckinney@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424, ext. 28540

Angela Taylor, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
Email: Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424, ext. 15210

Contact

Angela Taylor

What We Heard from Public Meeting #1

Will there be a presentation in French for the second Open House?
Yes, subsequent Open House presentations will include fully bilingual presentations.

Will the material presented for the second Open House have larger graphics and presentation?  
Yes, subsequent Open House material and presentations will use larger and clearer graphics and images.

Noise and vibration impacts need to be considered. How will this be done?  
Once the preferred Option has been selected, noise and vibration impacts will be reviewed. Noise sensitive areas, such as backyard living areas among others, will be identified. Changes in noise and vibration levels will be assessed and recommendations made based on the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and City of Ottawa Environmental Noise Control Guidelines.

Will property values decrease as a result of the bus rapid transit (BRT) and construction? 
As the construction will be occurring for a short period, it would not affect property value.

The traffic assessment needs to consider both existing and potential future traffic volumes on all area roads especially where congestion is already occurring. How will this be considered in the study?
The traffic model produced by the City and the Needs Assessment considered both existing and future travel demand. Future travel demand is based on the City’s Official Plan projections for population and employment to the planning horizon of 2031.

Will there be a new Option 7 considered along Renaud Road?
A new Option 7 will be developed and included in the evaluation. Option 7 would include extending and widening Renaud Road to 4 lanes and BRT along Renaud Road. See figure below.

Brian Coburn study area

What is the status of the Innes / Walkley / Hunt Club connection (IWHC)?
The IWHC connection will address growth and relieve congestion on Innes Rd. between Blair Road and Highway 417 as well as provide a connection between Orleans, Walkley and the Hunt Club area. Construction of this connection is identified beyond 2031 as per the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP).

Will Chapel Hill residents continue to have full access to Navan Road south of Brian Coburn Boulevard as well as the new Park and Ride?
The proposed cul de sac of Navan Road near Brian Coburn Boulevard in many of the Options shown will prevent access. The study team is refining the Options to avoid and minimize roadway closures. This is to ensure effective connectivity and access between communities and that other possible trip origins and destinations are maintained.

Will High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes be included or considered as part of this study?
The study team will be considering HOV lanes as part of the interim and/or ultimate solution.

Why are BRT stops being considered along the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass?  
The BRT stops along the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass are currently identified in the City’s Transportation Master Plan. Once the preferred Option has been selected, transit stop locations will be identified based on ridership.

Will community impacts be given consideration as part of this study, including cut-through traffic, encroachment, noise and access? 
All of these factors will be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the different Options.

Will cycling and pedestrian facilities and connections be considered in the design of the preferred alternative?
Yes. The functional design of the preferred Option will include cycling and pedestrian facilities and connections as per City policy.