Huntmar Drive at Maple Grove Road New Traffic Control Device

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Planned

Project overview

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking a design to improve the existing temporary signalized intersection at Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road. The improvements are intended to address intersection capacity needs, while also benefiting cyclists and pedestrians. The City of Ottawa has retained the services of Novatech to manage and complete the required engineering efforts.

The project limits include:

  • Huntmar Drive from Robert Grant Avenue to Vendevale Avenue / Harmattan Avenue
  • Maple Grove Road from Rosehill Avenue to Leveche Way
An illustration of streets within the project limits for the Huntmar Drive at Maple Grove Road New Traffic Control Device Project.

Project timing

The design has identified a number of features for which additional project funding is required.  We anticipate securing these additional funds later this year and therefore, construction has been deferred to 2023.

Design: summer 2022
Construction start: spring 2023
Construction completion: fall 2023

Project budget

Approved project funds to date are $4.5 million.

Public engagement

An online public engagement opportunity was held in early spring of 2022, to present the design drawings to the public. At that time the public was able to review the design, ask questions and provide comments on the proposed works. 

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require a disability-related accommodation, please contact the project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

COVID-19

The City of Ottawa, in its commitment to protecting people and the community, continues to work closely with the industry and to comply with recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Contact information

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

City Project Manager
Kyle Delaney
Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 26856

Construction update (July 2022)

Online engagement and notices have been previously issued regarding the planned construction of a new traffic control device at Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road. While design work for this project remains ongoing, construction has been delayed as a number of additional features have been added to the project design which will require additional project funding. We anticipate securing these additional funds later this year and therefore, construction has been deferred to 2023 pending approvals and overall construction coordination. The timing for the project will be announced once funding is secured and construction is scheduled.

What: Work will involve the installation of new traffic control signals at the intersection of Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road, along with geometry modifications to accommodate the addition of left turn auxiliary lanes and right turn lanes, to address capacity requirements for peak traffic volumes. Enhanced pedestrian and cycling treatments will be included at the intersection, consistent with the “protected intersection” concept.

Why: The existing traffic signals at Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road require modifications to address capacity requirements for existing and future peak traffic volumes.

When: The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Design is expected to be completed in late summer 2022
  • Construction is expected to start in spring 2023

Notices will be sent out to area residents and businesses prior to construction.

Where: Work is planned to take place within the following street segments:

  • Huntmar Drive – between Robert Grant Avenue and Vendevale / Harmattan Avenue
  • Maple Grove Road – between Rosehill Avenue and Leveche Way

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the design consulting firm, Novatech, to develop the design for the Huntmar Drive at Maple Grove Road New Traffic Control Device Project.

For further information about this project, please contact the City project manager.

Online engagement opportunity (March 15 to April 1, 2022)

Welcome

Welcome to the online engagement opportunity for the Huntmar Drive at Maple Grove Road New Traffic Control Device Project. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the project and provide input on the planned works.

The City has a proactive communications approach. The project team will update you on the project using different methods to communicate including letters and posting information on Ottawa.ca.

The purpose of this online public information session is to present the preliminary design, receive feedback, identify the next steps in this process, and inform residents of the future construction activities.

We invite you to review the provided project material and encourage you to provide your feedback. Please email your comments to the City Project Manager at the email address below, as well as any questions regarding the material, or any other aspects of the project.

Municipal class environmental assessment

As part of the Huntmar Drive at Maple Grove Road New Traffic Control Device Project, the public is to be advised of the planned works and consulted prior to project implementation. This public consultation is being completed in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.

The project is being planned as a Schedule “A+” under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. Schedule A+ projects are “pre-approved”; however, the public is to be advised of the planned works and consulted prior to project implementation. Should the public have any concerns, they are asked to contact City staff.

What is the City doing?

The City of Ottawa has identified a requirement to make improvements to the signalized intersection at Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road to address capacity needs for peak traffic volumes and achieve an acceptable Level of Service (LOS), while providing added protection for cyclists and pedestrians. The City of Ottawa has retained the services of Novatech to manage and complete the required engineering efforts.

The project scope includes:

  • Addition of left turn auxiliary lanes and right turn lanes to address capacity requirements for peak traffic volumes;
  • Accommodation of cyclists and pedestrians;
  • Partial urbanization of Huntmar Drive including concrete sidewalk and capture of storm water runoff (extending approximately 280 metres north of Maple Grove Road);
  • Traffic signal modifications;
  • Street lighting modifications; and,
  • Reinstatement of landscaping.

Why is the City doing the work?

Proposed watermain

A new 400mm diameter PVC watermain is proposed along Huntmar Drive north of Maple Grove Road. This watermain will connect with future infrastructure to be installed with further development to the north.

The new watermains will be constructed as per City Standard.

Proposed storm sewer

Full urbanization of Huntmar Drive north of Maple Grove Road is proposed for approximately 55.0m, with urbanization of the west side of Huntmar Drive extending an additional 145.0m. A new storm sewer along Huntmar Drive north of Maple Grove Road is proposed to capture stormwater runoff from the roadway to take the place of the existing roadside ditches. This sewer will also serve as an outlet for future road works to the north along Huntmar Drive.

Catch basins will be installed along the road edge to capture storm drainage.

Road works

Modifications to roadway components will be included to address capacity needs and provide added protection for bicyclists and pedestrians. More specifically, changes to the roadway will include:

  • Addition of left turn lanes and right turn lanes;
  • New sidewalks and cycle tracks added as per the City’s newly implemented Protected Intersection Design Guidelines; and,
  • Adjustments to overall pavement widths.

Road works proposed for each street segment include:

  • Huntmar Drive – north of Maple Grove Road:
    • Within this section the pavement width is being widened from 8.3m to 18.75m to accommodate a southbound left turn lane, southbound through lane, southbound right turn lane, 1.5m wide concrete median and two northbound lanes; and,
    • Addition of cycle tracks for cycling improvements.
  • Huntmar Drive – south of Maple Grove Road:
    • Within this section the pavement width is being widened from 12.2m to 16.25m to accommodate a new 1.5m wide concrete median, a northbound left turn lane and two through lanes; and,
    • Addition of cycle tracks for cycling improvements.
  • Maple Grove Road – east of Huntmar Drive:
    • Within this section the pavement width is being widened from 9.5m to 11.0m to accommodate the addition of a westbound left turn lane.
  • Maple Grove Road – west of Huntmar Drive:
    • Within this section the pavement width is maintained at generally the same width as existing (11.0m); and,
    • Addition of cycle tracks for cycling improvements.

For additional design details on the planned road works, please view the plans below.

Proposed Design Elements [ 843.96 KB ]

Landscape/streetscape features

Huntmar Drive south of Maple Grove Road is lined with trees. The intent of this project is to minimize impact on existing trees. A number of trees will need to be removed to accommodate the protected intersection treatments. The alignments of the sidewalk and cycle tracks have been established to best limit the potential for impact to the trees. The City is reviewing alternative planting opportunities and tree protection measures will be implemented during construction to ensure trees are impacted as little as possible.

What to expect during construction?

Vehicular traffic

Lane reductions will occur along Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road, however, local access to properties will be maintained throughout construction. Police assistance within the existing intersection will be utilized to assist in directing traffic as required.

Pedestrian access

A minimum of one continuous sidewalk will be maintained at all times within the project limits. The contractor will be required to provide suitable pedestrian access for residents to their dwellings at all times. This will require the use of temporary surface measures (i.e. asphalt, etc.) as deemed necessary.

Access to private property

The Contractor is required to provide vehicle access to all existing entrances/private approaches and ensure that all driving surfaces are maintained and are operational during construction. All vehicle access to existing entrances/private approaches must be fully operational once the construction for the day is completed, unless proper advance notification has been provided by the Contractor to the property owner and temporary on-street parking arrangements have been made. These temporary arrangements may be necessary at times when works are taking place in front of dwellings and when concrete sidewalk and curb works take place.

Notification prior to construction

Residents will be notified prior to construction commencement. Details will be provided on construction schedule and sequencing.

Project timeline

  • Milestone: Design completion
    • Anticipated date: early spring 2022
  • Milestone: Tender award
    • Anticipated date: late spring 2022
  • Milestone: Construction start
    • Anticipated date: early summer 2022 (subject to available funding)
  • Milestone: Construction completion
    • Anticipated date: late fall 2022**

**Note: Potential for some carry over landscape reinstatements to spring 2023 following the typical winter shutdown period.

Closing

You can remain involved in the Huntmar Drive at Maple Grove Road New Traffic Control Device Project by:

  • Providing comments and questions on the proposed works via e-mail, no later than April 1, 2022; and,
  • Contacting the City’s Project Manager at any time during the remainder of the design phase and during the construction phase of this project.