The City of Ottawa is undertaking a Functional Design Study for the downtown streets that parallel the Queensway including:
- Catherine Street between Elgin Street and Bronson Avenue;
- Chamberlain Avenue/Isabella Street between Percy and Elgin Streets;
- Bank Street between Catherine and Isabella Streets; and
- Metcalfe Street from Argyle Avenue to Catherine Street.
Catherine Street and Chamberlain Avenue/Isabella Street function as one-way streets between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street and provide connections to the Queensway on and off-ramps.
The study will explore opportunities to improve walking, cycling, transit and general traffic along these streets by reviewing the existing traffic lanes and sidewalk widths, parking and loading areas, pedestrian and cyclist movements and traffic circulation. The functional design of Chamberlain Avenue will be coordinated with the realignment of Chamberlain Avenue by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) from Bronson Avenue to Percy Street.
The street design will address all travel modes and the many demands on the street by:
- Seeking opportunities to improve the walking environment;
- Identifying opportunities to enhance the cycling environment;
- Addressing transit requirements; and
- Accommodating motor vehicle demands during peak periods and potential Queensway detours;
- Addressing, in general terms, the potential space requirements for other functions along the street including: on-street parking, taxi and lay-by/ loading zones, bicycle parking, street-side services and amenities, and emergency vehicle access.
The renewal of these corridors will implement the vision established in the City of Ottawa Official Plan and the Centretown Community Design Plan. Accordingly, the streets’ designs will have regard for the various planned functions and community contexts along the project limits. Functional designs will also consider the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
This study will identify any potential environmental assessment requirements to be completed prior to implementation. The process will incorporate steps to help fulfill municipal and/or provincial requirements including a review of needs, development of a functional design and assessment of alternatives for the full range of transportation modes. Public and agency consultations will be held throughout the study. The study will also address potential implications on the adjacent provincial right-of-way and the need for approvals to implement the project.
Study Result and Timing
This initial study will serve as the basis for the subsequent detailed design and future integrated road and underground infrastructure reconstruction in the study area. The study will provide a functional design for the reallocation of street space to inform a fully integrated road and sewer renewal project for Catherine Street, Chamberlain Avenue, Isabella Street, Bank Street and Metcalfe Street within the study limits. As part of the process, a Roadway Modification Approval report or Transportation Committee approval may be required. It is anticipated that the functional design component of the study will be completed in mid-2019, after which the project will proceed to the subsequent detailed design phase.
Various opportunities for public involvement will be provided, including a public open house to present study material. Public input and comment is encouraged throughout the project process. The study will receive input from a combined Technical and Public Advisory Committee and other stakeholders during the study.
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 City of Ottawa invites you to a public open house for the Chamberlain Avenue, Catherine Street and Isabella Street Functional Design Study:
Public Open House
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Glashan Public School, 28 Arlington Avenue, Gymnasium
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:00 p.m.)
- Welcome and introductions
- Brief question and answer period
- Open house
By attending, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, review the draft design and provide feedback. Your feedback will assist the City in finalizing the draft functional design. The detailed design process will begin following approval of the functional design.
Highlights of the draft design:
- Remove one vehicle lane on Chamberlain Avenue.
- Replace the sidewalk on Chamberlain Avenue with a multi-use pathway.
- Remove one vehicle lane on Isabella Street east of Metcalfe Street.
- Provide cycling connections between the Rideau Canal and the O’Connor Street Bikeway.
- Remove the conflict at Catherine Street/Kent Street intersection between pedestrians on the north side and right turning vehicles.
- Replace one vehicle lane on Catherine Street from Kent Street to Percy Street with a peak period transit priority lane and off-peak parking.
- Increase pedestrian refuge areas at traffic signals where feasible.
- Widen sidewalks where feasible
Register online to be informed of upcoming consultation events. For further information or to provide comments please contact:
Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 12559