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Halton Terrace – Jack Donohue Public School Traffic Calming Study

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The City of Ottawa has completed a traffic calming study for Halton Terrace in the vicinity of Jack Donohue Public School (between Whernside Terrace and Dunollie Crescent). This study was initiated as part of the Traffic Calming in School Areas initiative of the City’s Road Safety Action Plan (RSAP). This project is currently in the implementation phase, which includes detailed design followed by construction.

The purpose of this project is to reduce the negative impacts of motorized traffic and promote safety of students. 

Traffic Calming Study Area (Halton Terrace between Whernside Terrace and Dunollie Crescent)
Halton Terrace Traffic Calming study area

Traffic calming

Traffic calming is the combination of mainly physical measures that help to reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behaviour, and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. Traffic calming studies recommend localized retrofits to the roadway to address traffic concerns as opposed to a complete reconstruction of the street. More information about the types of traffic calming suitable for City streets.

Public consultation and final recommendations

Virtual public meeting

Councillor Sudds’ office hosted a virtual public meeting about this study through Zoom on June 2, 2021. The slides that were presented at the meeting are available at the link below.

Virtual Public Meeting Slides [ PDF 3.436 MB ]

As We Heard It Report

An online survey was conducted between May 17 and June 21, 2021. The survey results indicated that most respondents supported the Preferred Option (described below). The complete results of the online survey have been summarized in an As We Heard It report, which is provided below.

As We Heard It Report [ PDF 445 KB ]

Final functional designs

Based on traffic data, coordination with various stakeholders, public feedback and other project constraints, City staff reviewed two possible traffic calming concepts. Following this review, the Preferred Option (shown below) has been recommended.

Preferred option 

Simplified concept drawing of the Preferred Option, including: 4 sets of speed cushions, 2 pedestrian crossovers, and an edgeline in front of the school

Full drawing [ PDF 1.714 MB ]

This design includes:

  • 4 Sets of speed cushions (raised areas similar to speed humps, but not covering the entire width of the road, which are designed to allow large vehicles like buses to ‘straddle’ them)
  • 2 Type ‘B’ Pedestrian Crossovers (PXOs) (designated areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross the street, where vehicles must yield to pedestrians when crossing)
  • Edge line in front of the school

Next steps

Now that a final functional design plan has been recommended, funding will be secured and the approved traffic calming plan will proceed to detailed design and construction. These steps could take one to two years to complete.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, or for any inquiries, please call or email either of the following City of Ottawa project contacts:

Jason Endrawis, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West 
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 13766

Kim Pearce, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West 
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 25594