Introduction - The Brittany Drive localized Area Traffic Management Study was initiated by the City in February 2016 to address community concerns related to traffic as reported by local residents.
Concerns - Residents identified a number of concerns along Brittany Drive including:
- High vehicular volumes and traffic infiltration
- Inappropriate driver behaviour and speeding
- Pedestrian safety concerns
- Difficulty making left turn movements onto Brittany Drive from Montreal Road and St-Laurent Boulevard
- Poor sidewalk conditions on the east side of Brittany Drive between Montreal Road and Kristin Way
- Other concerns included high number of heavy vehicle and snow removal
Study Process – A study was undertaken using the process outlined in the City's Area Traffic Management Guidelines (2004). This involved numerous activities including data collection, public consultation, development and evaluation of alternative solutions, and the selection of a preferred solution.
- Methodology – The intent of following the process in the Area Traffic Management Guidelines was to ensure solutions to address or mitigate concerns were developed through fostering community consensus and technical input. This included examining solution alternatives in an incremental manner. Ultimately, a set of feasible solutions were presented to the public for comment with the intent of selecting a draft preferred solution. Refinements were made to the draft preferred solution to address follow-up commentary – the refined plan forms the Recommended Plan.
- Two Open House meetings were hosted (April 21, 2016 and June 2, 2016) at the St-Laurent Complex to present and gather input regarding the study. Advertising for both Public Open House meetings was done via a notice posted in the EMC Community Newspaper and the LeDroit Newspaper (on April 14 for the first meeting and on May 26th for the second meeting) a Notification Letter (door-to-door deliveries), and on the City's website.
Results of Consultation
- 32 area residents attended Open House 1 - 23 individuals submitted email/ written comments.
- 23 area residents attended Open House 2 - 34 individuals submitted email/ written comments.
- Final Recommended Plan was formed based on input from public and City staff.
Summary of Recommended Plan Measures
- Install 3 speed tables on Brittany Drive. Install WA-50 Signs in each direction at each speed table.
- Speed Humps
- Install 3 speed humps on Bangs Street (2) and Truro Street (1). Install WA-50 Signs in each direction at each speed hump.
Road Narrowings and Radii Reductions
- Install curb extension/ road narrowing at Bangs Street intersection, Truro Street intersection, and Kristin Way intersection. Curb extensions are to maintain a pavement width of 7.0 m on Brittany Drive.
- Curb radius reductions at northeast corner of Brittany Drive/ St-Laurent Boulevard intersection, and northeast corner of Brittany Drive/ Montreal Road intersection.
Improved Pedestrian Walking Space
- Add an approximately 5 m long sidewalk section on Brittany Drive at the northeast corner of the Brittany Drive/ St-Laurent Boulevard intersection to improve pedestrian access to the intersection. The sidewalk section can be achieved by introducing a lateral shift and lane width reduction at the east leg of the intersection.
- Recommendation to upgrade existing asphalt sidewalk on east side of Brittany Drive between Montreal Road and Kristin Way when funding permits.
Signage and Pavement Markings
- Convert yield sign at Kristin Way intersection to stop sign.
- Introduce a 1 m painted yellow median and white edge lines on Brittany Drive between Bangs Street and Coleford Place.
Modification Outcome and Benefits
Pedestrians should benefit from reduced motorist speeds and improvements to sidewalk conditions. Curb extensions/ road narrowings at intersections will help shorten pedestrian crossing distance and improve pedestrian visibility. Radii reductions should help reduce turning speeds at intersections.
Cyclists should benefit from the anticipated reduction in speeds. It is noted that where road narrowings are proposed, it is necessary to ensure that cyclist needs are appropriately accommodated within the available pavement cross-section.
Curb radius reductions at the Brittany Drive/ Montreal Road and Brittany Drive/ St-Laurent Boulevard intersections were checked for both regular and articulated buses. Bus turning can be accommodated.
Improved motorist behaviour will be encouraged through the combination of speed tables and speed humps, road narrowings created by curb extensions, painted median and edge line markings, and curb radius reductions. The recommended measures are not intended to re-direct traffic to other neighbourhood roads.
Adjacent Land Use
Adjacent properties should benefit from reduced vehicle speeds.
Projected Start and Completion Date
All area traffic management measures, once approved, are prioritized for potential implementation utilizing a process described in the City's Area Traffic Management Guidelines. Recommended measures from the study will be implemented either at the time of future roadway rehabilitation or when funding for implementation becomes available and these measures rank as an overall priority within the Area Traffic Management program.