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Leitrim Road Realignment and Widening Environmental Assessment Study

Project Status: 
Underway

Project Overview

The Leitrim Road Realignment and Widening Environmental Assessment Study Recommendations was presented at Transportation Committee on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. for approval. Presentation to City Council followed on May 9, 2018. The report is available from Service Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) study to develop a Recommended Plan for the realignment and widening of Leitrim Road between River Road and Bank Street.

Study Area

A figure depicting the study area limits that extend from River Road to Bank Street and partly broaden to the south to allow for realignment

Rationale for Realignment and Widening of Leitrim Road

The 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identifies the need for the potential widening to four lanes of Leitrim Road to meet the long-term east-west travel demand of Ottawa’s southern urban areas. This study will verify the growth and development assumptions and demand forecasts of the TMP to confirm that additional arterial capacity is required. Southerly realignment of Leitrim Road also needs to be considered, given the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority’s plans to construct a new runway in the future. The time frame identified in the TMP for the realignment and widening is beyond year 2031. Nevertheless, there is a need and opportunity to complete the planning and functional design of the realignment and widening now to establish the future right-of-way requirements, protect the corridor, and inform the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands.

Study Process

The study is being conducted in accordance with Ontario's EA Act, fulfilling requirements as a Municipal Class EA process for a Schedule C project. The City must consider alternative designs for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental effects of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts.

The study will also address potential implications of federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.

As part of the study process, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared for public review. Following the public review period, the project will be considered to have EA approval and may proceed to implementation once funding is in place.

Study Timeline

The EA process will include a consultation program involving many stakeholders, including the City of Ottawa, the Government of Canada, the Ottawa International Airport Authority, the National Capital Commission, other approval and regulatory agencies, local community associations, businesses and institutions, special advisory and interest groups, and members of the general public. The study is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Get involved!

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 may be posted periodically on the study website.

The study will also have the benefit of input from agency, business and public consultation groups that will meet at key points during the study.

Two open houses will be scheduled throughout the study as an opportunity for interested persons to learn about the study and provide input. Notifications for the open house will be provided through local newspapers, e-mails to the study mailing list and postings on the website.

To have your name placed on the study mailing list or to submit comments or questions, please contact:

Katarina Cvetkovic, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager, Transportation – Environmental Assessments Unit
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 22842
Email: Katarina.Cvetkovic@ottawa.ca

Notice of Study Commencement and Open House #1

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Fred Barrett Arena
3280 Leitrim Road
6 to 9 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)
OC Transpo route 93 (formerly 144)
Free parking is available

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Leitrim Road Realignment and Widening Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to identify the right-of-way requirements for the project, protect the corridor and inform the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands. The study area is illustrated on the key map.

The EA study is being undertaken in accordance with Ontario’s EA Act, fulfilling requirements as a Municipal Class EA process for a Schedule C project.  The EA process will involve developing, assessing and evaluating alternatives, leading to a Recommended Plan including a functional design and an estimate of capital and operating costs for implementation.

Leitrim Alternative Design Preliminary Evaluation Results 

There will be ongoing public consultation activities during the course of the study.  This first Open House will provide:

  • An overview of the study progress to date including an overview of existing conditions
  • Reconfirming the project need and justification
  • An evaluation of alternative solutions and alternative corridors.

Open House Display Boards

Your participation in the Open House meetings is an important component of the study where you can discuss the project with the study team and provide feedback.

Tell Us What You Think

The questionnaire is now closed. The City would like to thank everyone who participated in the questionnaire.

Interested persons can provide comments throughout the EA process. Any comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  If you require special accommodation, please call or email the City of Ottawa Project Manager, below, before the event.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact:

Katarina Cvetkovic, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 22842
Email: Katarina.Cvetkovic@ottawa.ca

Open House #2

Posted: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 3:57 pm
Last updated: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 11:02 am

Dates & Times

Wednesday, February 28, 2018,
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

Fred Barrett Arena
3280 Leitrim Road
Ottawa, ON

Presentation 7 p.m.

OC Transpo Route 93

Free parking is available

You are invited to attend the final Open House for the Leitrim Road Realignment and Widening (River Road to Bank Street) Environmental Assessment Study. The City of Ottawa is conducting this study to identify the right-of-way requirements for the project, protect the corridor and inform the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands.

The study is being undertaken in accordance with the Ontario Environmental Assessment (EA) Act, fulfilling requirements as a Municipal Class EA planning process for a Schedule C project. The EA process includes developing, assessing and evaluating alternatives, leading to a Recommended Plan including a functional design and an estimate of capital and operating costs for implementation.

The purpose of the Open House is to:

  • Provide a project update as a follow-up to the consultations held in September 2017
  • Summarize the evaluation results of alternative designs
  • Present the draft recommended plan
  • Obtain feedback.

Open House Display Boards

Your participation in the Open House is an important component of the consultation efforts through which you can discuss the project with the study team and provide feedback on the proposed plan before it is presented to the City’s Transportation Committee and Council for approval in spring 2018.

Tell us what you think

Please review the project information and design drawings by March 15, 2018. If you have any comments on this proposal, please provide them using the online feedback form  or directly to the project manager listed below.

Interested persons can provide comments throughout the EA process. Any comments received will be collected under the EA Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. 

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  If you require special accommodation, please call or email the City of Ottawa Project Manager, below, before the event.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact:

Katarina Cvetkovic, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 ext. 22842
Email: Katarina.Cvetkovic@ottawa.ca

Contact

Katarina Cvetkovic

Notice of Completion of Environmental Study Report

The City of Ottawa has completed the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for Leitrim Road Realignment and Widening. This Study was carried out in accordance with the requirements for a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document (October 2000, as amended 2007, 2011 and 2015).

The realignment of Leitrim Road is required due to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority’s plans to implement a new runway in the future. The EA study established the right-of-way requirements for Leitrim Road realignment and widening in order to protect the corridor from encroaching development. The EA findings will also inform and guide the planning and development of adjacent lands. 

An Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been prepared to document the planning and design process and the Recommended Plan for the realignment and widening of Leitrim Road from River Road to Bank Street. The ESR is available for public review at the following locations during regular business hours for a period of 30 calendar days, starting on Friday, August 24, 2018.  ​​

City of Ottawa
City Hall Information Desk
110 Laurier Avenue West

Ottawa Public Library
Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street

Ottawa Public Library
Lorry Greenberg Branch
363 Lorry Greenberg Drive

Carleton University
MacOdrum Library
1125 Colonel By Drive

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
2430 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, ON

A digital copy of the ESR and supporting appendices can be downloaded.

To download the ESR and supporting appendices:

  1. Click on the download link
  2. Select the ‘Download’ drop down menu in the upper right corner of the view window
  3. Select ‘Direct Download’

During the public review period, interested persons are encouraged to read the ESR and provide comments. Please direct written comments to:

Katarina Cvetkovic, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager, Transportation Environmental Assessments Branch
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 22842
Email: katarina.cvetkovic@ottawa.ca

and

Ronald A. Clarke, MCIP, RPP
Vice President, Ottawa
Parsons
1223 Michael St., Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
Tel: 613 738-4160 ext. 1526
Email: ronald.clarke@parsons.com

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussion with the City, a person/party may request that the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks make an order to change the project status and require a higher level of assessment under an individual Environmental Assessment process (referred to as a Part II Order). The Part II Order request must be received in writing by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and by the Director of Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch during the 30-day review period at both addresses listed below.  A copy of the request should also be forwarded to the City of Ottawa and Parsons at the addresses listed above. If there are no requests received by September 24, 2018, 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 ESR.

Minister
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Ontario
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto, ON   M7A 2T5
Email: Minister.MOECC@ontario.ca

Director, Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Ontario
Environmental Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON, M4V 1P5
Email: MOECCpermissions@ontario.ca

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.

This notice was first published on August 17, 2018.

Environmental Study Report Executive Summary

The Environmental Assessment (EA) study for Leitrim Road realignment and widening (River Road to Bank Street) is needed at this time to establish the future right-of-way requirements in order to protect the corridor from encroaching development. The findings of the study will also inform and guide the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands.  The realignment is required due to the Ottawa International Airport Authority’s plans for a new southern runway, with potential implementation beyond year 2031. The study also provides an opportunity to re-imagine the role of Leitrim Road and design it as a complete street that serves all modes of transportation, while adding capacity. Although this project is identified in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and is needed to protect the right-of-way, its implementation is not part of the TMP’s Affordable Network and as such, no funding has been identified for construction.

The EA study recommends that the future realigned road be four lanes in most sections in order to meet the forecasted demand associated with the full build-out of Riverside South and Leitrim communities. Widening is not required in the existing section between River Road and Limebank Road and one travel lane in each direction will be sufficient. 

The study’s Recommended Plan will:

  • Protect a roadway corridor from encroaching development;
  • Enable the Airport Authority to plan for a future southern runway;
  • Provide a planned network that connects existing and new collector roads to serve the growing south urban communities;
  • Improve cycling and pedestrian networks; and
  • Provide a new multi-modal connection to the Leitrim LRT Station and Park and Ride on the Trillium Line.

Key elements of the Recommended Plan for the 9 km project are:

  • New four-lane undivided roadway in all sections except between River Road and Limebank Road (which remains as two lanes);
  • Protected intersections to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians;
  • Signalized intersections and roundabouts where appropriate;
  • 2.0 m concrete sidewalk and 1.8 m segregated and raised cycle track on both sides, or a 3.0 m multi-use pathway along one or both sides of the roadway;
  • 3.5 m outer travel lane and 3.25 m inner travel lane;
  • Curbs in urban areas and ditches and rapid drainage along the Greenbelt;
  • Lighting to be provided in accordance with the City’s Right-of-Way Lighting Policy;
  • Posted speed of 60 km/h in urban areas, and 70 km/h through the Greenbelt;
  • Closure of existing Leitrim Road for sections where the road will be realigned (east of Limebank to Trillium Line, and east of Albion to the new Leitrim Road);
  • Retain existing Leitrim Road (Trillium Line to Albion) to provide access to adjacent land uses;
  • New roadway between realigned Leitrim and Gilligan Road, providing a multi-modal connection to the Leitrim LRT Station and Park and Ride;
  • Grade separation of Leitrim Road over the Trillium Line; and
  • Minimal footprint to minimize environmental impacts on the Greenbelt and natural environment.

Approximately 30 hectares in total is required from Transport Canada including lands leased by the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority, the National Capital Commission and private land owners to accommodate the realignment and widening. Approximately 3.3 hectares of this land is owned by the City of Ottawa, however not currently used for Right-of-Way.