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Lowertown East Area Traffic Management Study

Project Status: 
Completed

Open house - October 19, 2016

Notice of Study Commencement and Open House

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
École secondaire publique De La Salle
501 Old St. Patrick Street
7 to 9 p.m.

The City of Ottawa has initiated an area traffic study in the Lowertown East Community, in the area bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue, St. Patrick Street and Wurtemburg Street. The study was launched to address concerns raised about traffic diverting to residential streets to avoid congestion on major thoroughfares.

The objectives of the study are to:

  • Assess the traffic related concerns of local residents
  • Develop and evaluate possible solutions where warranted
  • Recommend a preferred plan of action.

Study area is  the community bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Street, St. Patrick Street, and Wurtemburg Street in ward 12

At the Open House we will review:

  • Existing conditions
  • Area Traffic Management process
  • Traffic statistics for the study area
  • Traffic calming measures

Open House Display Boards [ PDF 7.141 MB ]

What we heard - concerns and responses

I’m concerned about excessive speed and aggressive driving in our neighbourhood.
The implementation of traffic calming measures will be evaluated at various locations throughout the study area as the study progresses.

We recognize that excessive speeding is an issue in this area. For traffic complaints such as a recurring traffic violation in your neighbourhood, you can file a report online, phone the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222 x7300, or visit any police station. Reporting this information will help the Ottawa Police better allocate police resources.

If you witness a traffic violation in progress and wish for the police to follow up, you will need to provide some details about the vehicle. For more information, please visit the Ottawa Police website.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Please consider adding/removing stop signs, traffic calming bulb-outs, speed cushions/speed humps, or other traffic calming measures.
The implementation of traffic calming measures will be evaluated at various locations throughout the study area as the study progresses.                                                                                                                                                                                    

I am concerned about the safety of pedestrians in our neighbourhood, especially youth who have to cross busy and dangerous intersections to attend school or visit the park.

The safety of pedestrians in the Lowertown East area is a priority for the City of Ottawa. Measures to improve pedestrian safety will be evaluated as the study progresses.

Any recurring traffic violations that make you feel unsafe should be reported to the Ottawa Police. You can file a report online, phone the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222 x7300, or visit any police station. Reporting this information will help the Ottawa Police better allocate police resources.

If you witness a traffic violation in progress and wish for the police to follow up, you will need to provide some details about the vehicle. For more information, please visit the Ottawa Police website.

                                                                                                                           

I am concerned about the increasing volume of traffic in our neighbourhood. Many motorists appear to be using our neighbourhood as a cut-through.
Measures to address traffic volume throughout the study area will be evaluated at various locations as the study progresses.

The collection of traffic volume data will help the study team assess the existing conditions on the streets in the neighbourhood.           

 

I’m concerned about traffic violations in my neighbourhood (ex. failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to obey traffic signs/signals, failure to yield to pedestrians).
We recognize that traffic violations, such as failure to complete a stop, continue to be an issue in this area. For traffic complaints such as a recurring traffic violation in your neighbourhood, you can file a report online, phone the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222 x7300, or visit any police station. Reporting this information will help the Ottawa Police better allocate police resources.

If you witness a traffic violation in progress and wish for the police to follow up, you will need to provide some details about the vehicle. For more information, please visit the Ottawa Police website.                                                                      

 

Parking should not be allowed in areas with high traffic volume/where cycling lanes exist/where it impedes visibility.
Changes to parking regulations will be considered and evaluated as the study progresses.

Illegal parking concerns , whether they pertain to hazardous parking or an issue of accessibility (such as trucks blocking an entrance), should be reported to the City of Ottawa via 3-1-1 or 311@ottawa.ca.                                                        

 

Please add more bicycle paths.
Parking in cycling lanes is an issue.
Aggressive driving is dangerous for cyclists.

Cyclists are a priority to the City of Ottawa. Measures to improve cyclist safety and comfort will be evaluated as the study progresses. Parking concerns relate to hazardous issues should be reported to the City at 3-1-1 or 311@ottawa.ca. Traffic violations should be reported to the Ottawa Police.

Traffic calming measures are being considered at a number of locations in the study area.                 

 

A “No through-traffic” sign should be added to eliminate traffic from outside the neighbourhood.
Signs should be added to delineate parking zones on Tormey St.
Add no right-turn on red signs at various locations.
Add one-way signs.

Opportunities to add or adjust signs to improve safety and traffic flow will be evaluated at various locations as the study progresses.

Restricting traffic movements through the use of turn prohibitions and one-way streets is an option; however, this would apply to all drivers. 

Unfortunately “No through-traffic” signs are usually intended for temporary conditions, such as areas experiencing construction, and are NOT enforceable by police.                                                                                                                                    

 

I am concerned about the number of heavy trucks in the area.
Measures related to heavy truck traffic in the study area will be considered at various locations as the study progresses.        

 

Right turns on red shouldn’t be allowed (Rideau St./Wurtemburg St.).
Can signals be adjusted to allow more time for pedestrians to cross?

Adjustments to signal timing at various locations to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety as well as traffic flow will be evaluated as part of the study process.                                                                                                                                                    

 

I am concerned about parking impeding visibility.
I am concerned that motorists don’t notice the stop sign (at Cobourg St./ Clarence St.) and often drive right through.
Parking that is impeding visibility should be reported to the City of Ottawa via 3-1-1 or 311@ottawa.ca. The traffic control at Cobourg and Clarence will be evaluated as the study progresses.

In addition, sightlines at identified intersections will be reviewed as part of this study.                              

 

Heavy truck traffic is creating noise and vibration.
I am concerned that new development in our neighbourhood will increase the noise and vibration.

Measures related to heavy truck traffic in the study area will be considered at various locations as the study progresses. Where noise and vibration concerns are related to development and construction, please contact the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1, or 311@ottawa.ca.            

 

I am concerned about the planned condo development in our neighbourhood.
Concerns about development in the Lowertown East area should be directed to the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1, or 311@ottawa.ca.            

 

Bus stops should be moved away from intersections for faster traffic flow.
For concerns about the location of bus stops, please contact Customer Relations at OC Transpo via their website or phone at 613-842-3600.                                                                                                                                                                          

 

I am concerned about the value of my home due to damage from new construction.
Concerns about housing value should be directed to City at 3-1-1 or 311@Ottawa.ca.                           

 

I have concerns about the raised curb limiting the accessibility of the cross-walk at Augusta Street.
Roads within the City of Ottawa are designed in accordance with the Accessibility Policy. Concerns related to accessibility should be reported to the City at 3-1-1 or 311@ottawa.ca.                                                                                                

 

I have a concern about an area outside of the study area boundaries.
Your comments are very important to the City of Ottawa and we’d love to hear from you. Please direct any concerns regarding the areas outside of the study area (bounded by St. Patrick St., King Edward St. Rideau St. and Wurtemburg St.) to your city councillor, or the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1, or 311@ottawa.ca.                                                                                                                     

Next Steps:

Following the meeting, the study team will review all comments in order to develop a plan to assess the issued raised by area residents. Following the development and analysis of potential mitigation measures, a second public meeting will be held to consult with the community residents regarding any future action.

For additional information, please direct your questions and/or comments to the contacts listed below.

Brian Tweedie
Coordinator, Area Traffic Management
City of Ottawa
Transportation Planning Branch
110 Laurier Ave. W., 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 x13256
E-mail Brian.Tweedie@ottawa.ca

Vanessa Skelton, P. Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
AECOM
1150 Morrison Drive, Suite 302
Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9
613-820-8282 ext. 251
E-mail Vanessa.Skelton@aecom.com

Open House #2 – Recommended Plan

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
De La Salle High School, Cafeteria
501 Old St. Patrick Street
Drop in 7 to 9 p.m.

The City of Ottawa invites you to an Open House to review options that have been developed to address residents’ traffic concerns in the Lowertown East Community.  The area being studied is bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue, St, Patrick Street, and Wurtemburg Street.  This study is in response to concerns over short-cutting traffic and aggressive driver behaviour in this neighborhood.

Open House Display Boards [ PDF 6.965 MB ]

By attending this public meeting you will have an opportunity to:

• Review and comment on the recommended plan

  • Discuss options with the study team
  • Learn more about the project and study process
  • Review background information on this community

If you cannot attend this meeting, comments/questions can be mailed or emailed to the contacts provided below.  Information from this meeting will be provided on the project website at ottawa.ca/LowertowneastATM 

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email the project lead below prior to the meeting.

For more information please contact:

Brian Tweedie, Coordinator
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 ext. 13256
Email: brian.tweedie@ottawa.ca

Vanessa Skelton, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Manager, AECOM
613-820-8282 ext. 251
Email: Vanessa.Skelton@aecom.com

Recommendations

The Lowertown East Area Traffic Management Study was initiated in 2016 by the City of Ottawa to address concerns related to traffic as reported by local residents. The study area boundaries included St. Patrick Street in the north, Rideau Street in the south, King Edward Avenue in the west, and Wurtemburg Street in the east. Residents identified a number of concerns within the Lowertown East community including:

  • Through traffic using neighbourhood streets
  • Aggressive driving behaviour, and safety of all road users within the community

The study followed the City of Ottawa’s Area Traffic Management (ATM) Guidelines The Area Traffic Management Process | City of Ottawa. The purpose of the study was to assess the traffic related concerns of local residents, develop and evaluate potential solutions where warranted and recommend preferred mitigation measures. The study was undertaken in two phases: Phase 1 - issues identification and Phase 2 - developing solutions.

As part of the public consultation, two Public Open House (POH) meetings were hosted at De La Salle High School on October 19th, 2016 and on March 1st, 2017.  Public notification was provided through the use of a “buck slip” (a postcard-type mailing) to local residents. The “buck-slips’ were delivered out on October 11th, 2016 and February 15th, 2017.  At the first meeting, residents were provided an opportunity to meet the study team, and discuss the overall study process as well as their individual concerns regarding the operation of traffic in their neighborhood.  Boards containing background traffic data and general study information were made available at his meeting.  The second public meeting was used to present potential traffic scenarios designed to address the concerns that had been expressed at the first meeting and also comments that were collected over the course of the study.  Public feedback was also encouraged through the City’s website which included an online survey in the form of an interactive study questionnaire.  The comments that were received from the public over the course of the study were all given consideration during the drafting of the final recommendations. 

Recommendations

Preferred Plan [ PDF 2.192 MB ]

The following summarizes the recommendations stemming from the Lowertown East Area Traffic Management Study:

Speed Humps

  • Install 2 speed humps on Wurtemburg Street: one south of Heney Street and one north of Brigadier Private.
  • Install 2 speed humps on Heney Street: one between Lower Charlotte Street and Wurtemburg Street and one between Charlotte Street and Cobourg Street.
  • Install 2 speed humps on Clarence Street: one west of Rockwood Street and one between Charlotte Street and Cobourg Street.
  • Install a flat-top speed hump on Old St. Patrick Street west of Patro Street.

Parking Modifications

  • Implement a no-parking zone on the east side of Cobourg Street between Tormey Street and the first driveway south of Tormey Street. 

Raised Crosswalk

  • Install a raised cross-walk on the south leg of the intersection of Cobourg Street and Clarence Street.
  • Consider a raised cross-walk on the south leg of the intersection of Beausoleil Drive and York Street.

This measure will be included in the detailed design process with the other recommendations; however, a final decision on the implementation of this measure will be made by Area Traffic Management staff following a review of the available funding at the time of tendering the construction contract. 

Pedestrian Crossover (PXO)

  • Install a pedestrian crossover (PXO) on Cobourg Street at Beausoleil Street.
  • Install a raised PXO on Old St. Patrick Street adjacent to De La Salle High School.

Note: A PXO at Murray Street and Beausoleil Drive is to be installed through a different program. 

Intersection Narrowings

  • Install an intersection narrowings on the northwest and southeast corners of Old St. Patrick Street and Beausoleil Drive.
  • Replace the intersection narrowings on the east side of Cobourg Street, the southwest corner of Cobourg Street, and Beausoleil Drive in conjunction with the PXO installation.
  • Reduce the corner radii on the northwest and southwest corners of Old St. Patrick Street at Cobourg Street to approximately 5 meters through a curb radii-reduction or narrowings to be determined at the time of detailed design.

Turn Prohibitions

  • “No left turn” sign at the northbound approach and “No through movement” sign at the westbound approach to the Nelson Street and York Street intersection (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.), with an exemption for bicycles.
  • “No left turn” sign at the northbound approach of the Nelson Street and Clarence Street intersection (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.), with an exemption for bicycles.

Supplemental Adjunct Measures

Following the implementation and assessment of the Nelson Street turn prohibitions, based on the effectiveness, consideration will be given to the implementation of the following traffic calming measures: 

  • Install a speed hump(s) on York Street between King Edward Avenue and Nelson Street. (This measure is to be considered only after the assessment of the Nelson Street turn prohibitions.) 
  • Install a speed hump on Clarence Street between King Edward Avenue and Nelson Street.  (This measure is to be considered only after the assessment of the Nelson Street turn prohibitions.)