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Bronson Avenue and Raven Road Transit Priority Improvements

Project Status: 
Planned

Project overview (August 2019)

Project description

The City of Ottawa is planning to implement Transit Priority (TP) improvement measures on Bronson Avenue and Raven Road in order to enhance transit service in the area. This includes the following work:

  • extension of the existing Raven Road to connect to Bronson Avenue
  • a new signalized intersection
  • widening of Bronson Avenue to the east
  • modifications to the northeast corner of the intersection of Raven Road and University Drive
  • review of pedestrian / cycling connectivity

Study Area

Map showing the study area on Bronson Avenue and Raven Road

Project timing

Environmental assessment completion: November 2019
Design assignment completion: February 2020
Construction completion: September 2020

Project budget

Approved project funds to date are $3,048,000.

Public engagement

A Public Information Session is planned for September 11, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Ottawa South Community Centre located at 260 Sunnyside Avenue. At this time attendees will be able to review and provide comments on the alternatives being considered.

Contact information

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

Patrick Duquette, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Municipal
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 16038

Notice of Study Completion (January 2020)

The City of Ottawa has completed the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for Bronson Avenue and Raven Road Transit Priority Improvements to enhance transit service in the area. This Study was carried out in accordance with the requirements for a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class EA (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015).

An EA Report has been prepared to document the planning and design process and the recommended plan. The recommended plan includes the extension of Raven Road to Bronson Avenue, a new signalized intersection, widening of Bronson Avenue to the east to create a left turn lane into Raven, and minor curb modifications to the northeast corner of the intersection of Raven Road and University Drive. Subject to comments received as a result of this Notice, and the receipt of necessary approvals, the City of Ottawa intends to proceed with the design and construction of this project.

The EA Report is available for public review at the following locations during regular business hours for a period of 30 calendar days, starting on January 15, 2020:

City Hall Client Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON
Ottawa Public Library – Main
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON
Ottawa Public Library – Sunnyside
1049 Bank St
Ottawa, ON

During the public review period, interested persons are encouraged to review the EA Report and provide comments to:

Patrick Duquette, P.Eng
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects, Design & Construction - Municipal
Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development Department, City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
613-580-2424 ext.16038
Kelly Roberts
Senior Environmental Planner
Morrison Hershfield
200 - 2932 Baseline Road
Ottawa, ON K2H 1B1
613 739 2910 ext.1022303

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City, a person or party may request that the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as Part II Order). The Part II Order request must be received in writing by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks during the 30 day review period. A copy of the request should be forwarded to the Director of the Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch at the address listed below and to the City of Ottawa at the address listed above. A Part II Order Request Form must be used to request a Part II Order from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. The Part II Order Request Form is available online on the Forms Repository website by searching “Part II Order” or “012-2206E” (the form number).

If there are no requests received by February 14, 2020, the project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Municipal Class EA, and the project may proceed to design and construction as presented in the Class EA Study.

Minister Jeff Yurek
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 2J3
Director, Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON M4V 1P5

With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and solely for the purpose of conducting the environmental assessment.

Public information session display boards (September 11, 2019)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Ottawa South Community Centre
260 Sunnyside Avenue
Ottawa, ON

Welcome

Tonight is an opportunity for you to learn more about the study and ask questions. We are seeking your comments on the work undertaken to date. Please identify any issues and concerns that you would like to see addressed during the study.

You are invited to fill out a Comment-Questionnaire Form and leave it in the box provided, or return it to us by mail by September 25. Comments can also be submitted by email.

Your views and contributions are important to the success of this study

Study overview

The City of Ottawa and OC Transpo are planning to implement Transit Priority Improvement measures on Bronson Avenue and Raven Road on the Carleton University Campus in order to maintain and enhance transit service.

This includes the following work:

  • Extension of the existing Raven Road to connect to Bronson Avenue
  • A new signalized intersection
  • Widening of Bronson Avenue to the east
  • Modifications to the northeast corner of the intersection of Raven Road and University Drive
  • Widening of Raven Road to provide new Bus Layby
  • Review of pedestrian / cycling connectivity
  • Potential bus shelter upgrades

Study area [ PDF - 90.5 KB ]

Study process

The Study will follow a Schedule B Municipal Class EA process including:

  • Consultation with stakeholders who may be affected
  • Identification of problem or opportunity to be addressed
  • Identification of existing conditions and constraints
  • Consideration of alternatives and potential project effects
  • Documentation of the planning process

Consultation opportunities

Consultation will be undertaken with key stakeholders including: the general public; Carleton University; regulatory agencies and city departments.

Consultation with Indigenous Communities will be achieved throughout the study by communications with their identified representative(s).

Special stakeholder meetings will be held where specific questions/issues arise.

All persons or organizations that express an interest in the project may be added to the project mailing list and will receive information about the study as it progresses. 

Problem/opportunity identification

This improvement was identified in the Bronson Avenue Transit Priority Study (February 2018) as a recommendation to the City of Ottawa and OC Transpo. The goal of the Study was to develop transit-related improvements along the Bronson Avenue and Preston Street corridors with a view to the following:

  • Minimizing transit delays on Bronson Avenue and on Carleton University Campus
  • Leveraging the investment made during LRT construction, and creating a long term residual value
  • Engaging Carleton University with the process of developing bus access alternatives to the campus

Existing conditions

The following aspects of the site were studied:

  • Transportation / Transit Conditions
  • Natural Environment
  • Geotechnical
  • Land Uses
  • Utilities

Existing conditions [ PDF - 1.31 MB ]

Transportation/transit conditions

Two bus routes :

  • Route 10 travels on Bronson Avenue north of Carleton University
  • Route 111 travels on Bronson Avenue south of Carleton University
  • Both routes have a frequency of 4 buses per hour per direction, during both peak hours.

Sidewalks on both sides of Bronson Avenue and on at least one side of all connecting streets

Carleton O-Train map [ PDF - 666 KB ]

Pedestrian pathway and cycling [ PDF - 1.02 MB ]

Natural environment

  • Adjacent to the Rideau River / Brewer Pond
  • Site provides seasonal fish habitat (ditches and pond)
  • Species observed: painted turtle, frogs, birds (Redstart, Mallard, Robin, Goldfinch, Catbird, Grackle)
  • In landscaped areas there are many deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs
  • Within naturalized areas, vegetation consists of primarily deciduous trees and shrubs, with a dominance of Manitoba Maple, dead American Elms and ash trees, willows, and a mix of other species
  • The undergrowth is a mix of native woodland and non-native invasive species.
  • Woodland pond south of the parking lot is dominated by cattails and algae and is considered Category 2 habitat.
  • No Species at Risk identified within the study area

Vegetation [ PDF - 2.43 MB ]

Land use [ PDF - 368 KB ]

Archeology [ PDF - 328 KB ]

Utilities

Utilities - third party [ PDF - 390 KB ]

Utilities - water [ PDF - 477 KB ]

Alternative solutions

Alternative 1

Add northbound bus left turn lane at University Drive / Sunnyside Drive

Pros
  • Bus stops on and near campus remain the same
  • Improves pedestrian / cyclist connections and safety at the intersection
Cons
  • No transit time improvements in southbound direction
  • High construction cost
Summary

Alternative 1 is a high cost alternative while providing the smallest benefit to transit.

Alternative 1 [ PDF - 820 KB ]

Alternative 2

Mid-campus access with an extension of the existing entrance / exit to parking lot P-5

Pros
  • Consistent with the long term plan for Carleton Master Plan
  • Splits northbound and southbound bus stops which spreads transit customers on both sides of the roadway
Cons
  • Southbound bus stop at Bronson / University and northbound stop at Bronson / Brewer are no longer served
  • Potential conflict with gymnasium and stadium parking lot (P-5) traffic during events
Summary

Provides the lowest cost alternative with some benefit to transit.

Alternative 2 [ PDF - 515 KB ]

Design/concept

Alternative 3

Transit only Raven Road extension to Bronson Avenue

Pros
  • Buses no longer required to complete the ‘loop’ in both directions
  • Splits northbound and southbound bus stops which spreads transit customers on both sides of the roadway
Cons
  • Southbound bus stop at Bronson / University and both bus stops at Bronson / Brewer are no longer served
  • Extension of Raven Road is not in Carleton Master Plan
Summary

Alternative 3 provides the most benefit to transit and will ultimately recoup all capital costs.

Alternative 3 [ PDF - 358 KB ]​​​​​​​

Conclusion

Alternative 3 is the preferred alternative: It provides the most benefits to transit by a large margin, and despite the high construction cost, the annual cost savings will recoup the initial capital cost. While the Raven Road extension is not identified in the Carleton Master Plan, it does not conflict with any other components of the master plan.

Bus routing

Existing routing requires all routes to make full loop around campus.

Proposed routing with Raven Road extension allows routes to pass through campus in one direction.

  • Northbound bus stops at Brewer Park are lost, as well as Route 111 stops at Bronson / Sunnyside

Existing and proposed bus route [ PDF - 1.07 MB ]​​​​​​​

Best management practices

  • Tree protection
  • Noise control guidelines
  • Erosion and sediment control plan
  • Environmental protection plan
  • Landscape plan (re-instatement plan)
  • Dewatering management plan
  • Construction-timing windows
  • Public communications plan

Permit and approvals

RVCA – Interference with Wetlands and Alternation to Shorelines and Watercourses (O.Reg174/06)

Site specific impacts and mitigation

Soils contamination

  • Excess soils management plan
  • Inspection and segregation on-site from the clean fill
  • Remove and replace contaminated soils

Groundwater management

  • Water taking information, to be reported on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR)
  • Treatment for suspended solids and disposal to appropriate sewer

Turtle exclusion fencing

  • The woodland pond located 30 metres south of the parking lot must be avoided as well areas within 30 metres of the pond, not including the parking lot
  • Turtle exclusion fencing will be recommended on the south side of the parking lot during the turtle active period, to ensure that no turtles try to enter the construction area

Next steps

Based on feedback from consultation groups and the public, over the coming months the project team will:

  • review comments received at the Public Open House and prepare “What we Heard” summary
  • prepare Class EA Report
  • publish Notice of Completion for 30-day public review

Your views are important to the success of this study. Please comment on any aspects of the project which you consider to be important by contacting the Senior Engineer:

Patrick Duquette, P.Eng
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Municipal
City of Ottawa
Office : 613-580-2424 ext. 16038

Kelly Roberts
Senior Environmental Planner
Morrison Hershfield
613-739-2910 ext.1022303

Public information session (September 11, 2019)

Posted: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 8:31 am
Last updated: 
Monday, January 13, 2020, 2:27 pm

Dates & Times

Wednesday, September 11, 2019,
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

Ottawa South Community Centre
260 Sunnyside Avenue
Ottawa, ON

The City of Ottawa invites you to a Public Information Session concerning the proposed transit priority improvements on Bronson Avenue and Raven Road. This project is being planned as a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. The public consultation is planned to provide further information to the public on the proposal and to receive input and comment from interested persons.

Who: The design consulting firm, Morrison Hershfield Limited, has been retained to complete the Environmental Assessment and develop the design of the project.

Why: The objective of this project is to enhance transit service in the area.

What: The City of Ottawa is planning to implement Transit Priority (TP) improvement measures on Bronson Avenue and Raven Road in order to enhance transit service in the area. This includes the following work:

  • Extension of the existing Raven Road to connect to Bronson Avenue.
  • A new signalized intersection and widening of Bronson Avenue to the east.
  • Modifications to the northeast corner of the intersection of Raven Road and University Drive.
  • Review of pedestrian/cycling connectivity.

When: Construction is planned to commence in spring of 2020.

Where: Raven Road between University Drive and Bronson Avenue

City staff and the project consultants will be on hand to discuss the current project status and respond to questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned. Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please contact the undersigned:

City's Project Manager
Patrick Duquette, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 16038

Consultant Environmental Assessment Lead
Kelly Roberts
Senior Environmental Planner
Morrison Hershfield
Tel: 613-739-2910, ext. 1022303

Contact

Environmental Assessment Study Notice of Commencement (August 2019)

The City of Ottawa is planning to implement Transit Priority (TP) improvement measures on Bronson Avenue and Raven Road in order to enhance transit service in the area. This includes the following work:

  • Extension of the existing Raven Road to connect to Bronson Avenue.
  • A new signalized intersection.
  • Widening of Bronson Avenue to the east.
  • Modifications to the northeast corner of the intersection of Raven Road and University Drive.
  • Review of pedestrian / cycling connectivity.

Study Area

the study area on Bronson Avenue and Raven Road.

The Process

The study is being planned under Schedule B of the Municipal Class EA (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015). The EA process will include a consultation program involving stakeholders, approval and regulatory agencies, local community associations, and members of the general public. Upon the completion of this study, a Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment Report will be made available for public review and comment.

A Public Information Session was held September 11, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Ottawa South Community Centre located at 260 Sunnyside Avenue.

To provide comments please contact:

Kelly Roberts
Senior Environmental Planner
Morrison Hershfield
613-739-2910 ext. 1022303

Patrick Duquette, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design & Construction - Municipal
Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
613.580.2424 ext. 16038

Input received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record as per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).