What is the goal of the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study?
The objective of this study is to review and evaluate alternative street design options and to identify a preferred street design for the reconstruction of the street as part of the upcoming water and sewer replacement work planned to commence in 2019. This includes:
- Undertaking a transportation study to establish the general lane arrangements, including turning lanes at intersections.
- Confirming on-street parking and loading solutions.
- Determining sidewalk widths, cycling and transit requirements and solutions.
- Understanding the below-grade services and utilities that might affect street renewal choices.
- Identifying potential locations for public places, enhanced streetscape areas and public art.
- Developing, in general terms, potential streetscaping themes and directions that can be addressed during the subsequent detailed design phase.
How is the functional road design being developed?
City staff prepared several potential road cross-section options that were presented for public comment at a public visioning workshop in June 2016. Based on public feedback, these options were further refined and a preferred “test design” of a three-block section of Elgin Street was developed. That test design was reviewed and revised before the entire corridor was designed and presented for public comment. To date, the entire process has been a design-only exercise. It does not include any construction activities.
Has the functional design been finalized?
After receiving input from the public, City staff and other stakeholders, the City began developing a preferred plan for the design of the road. This will be shown to the Public and Technical Advisory Groups and then to the broader public at the end of November 2016 to solicit further input before seeking Council approval in early 2017.
When will the design and construction of sewers and watermains take place?
The goal of this phase of the project is to recommend a road cross-section and functional design for the street, including lane arrangements and sidewalk widths. Once this functional design is completed and approved by Council in 2017, the detailed design of the road, sewers and watermains will begin. It will take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete the detailed design phase. This will include additional public consultation.
Staff has determined which infrastructure could be rehabilitated and which requires replacement. The planned scope of work includes the reconstruction of sewers, watermains and associated services between Lisgar and Isabella streets. Due to the extent of underground works, the road will require full reconstruction, including sidewalks and curbs. Construction of underground infrastructure and roadwork will be coordinated together.
When will construction take place?
Construction will begin in 2019 and will likely last 24 months.
How will the construction be phased?
The construction phasing will be determined as part of the detailed design stage. This phase of the design process will begin in 2017, following completion of the Functional Design Study. During the detailed design stage, a detailed traffic management plan will be developed and consultation with the public and stakeholders will continue.
What are the next steps for the Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study?
The next steps in the study process are as follows:
- Working group meeting #2: Early October 2016
- Public contact: public open house: Winter 2017
- Urban Design Review Panel: January 12, 2017
- Working group meeting #3: January 2017
- Transportation Committee and Council: May 3 and 10, 2017