Project Update April 2020
The City of Ottawa will complete the Blair Road Widening for Transit Priority - Innes Road to Blair LRT Station – as a stand-alone Environmental Assessment (EA) Study in accordance with Schedule C of the Municipal Class EA as per the Ontario EA Act. The EA process will involve developing, assessing and evaluating alternatives, leading to a Recommended Plan.
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.
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.
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.
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 ]
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).
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.
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.
Figure 2: Study Area
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.
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