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Project update (July 2018)

June 2018 saw the Montreal Road project team continue work on the preliminary landscaping/ streetscaping drawings and bus shelter locations along Montreal Road.

The project team also met with representatives from Women's Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE) who will be undertaking a community safety audit of Montreal Road as outlined below.

Bus stops and bus shelters

Exhibit 1 illustrates the proposed location of bus stops along Montreal Road from North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard.  OC Transpo determined the bus stop locations during the Montreal Road Functional Planning Study as part of a bus stop consolidation strategy, which aims to improve transit operations and travel times on the 3-lane Montreal Road cross-section (from Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard). 

In total, there are 17 proposed bus stops directly on Montreal Road. These include:

  • 13 stops with bus shelters -  The 13 bus shelters would be a significant improvement to the 6 shelters currently located on Montreal Road within the project limits. Since several of the proposed shelters are partially located on private lands, it will require ongoing negotiations with property owners for easements.   
  • 4 stops with no shelters - 4 locations are proposed without shelters due to constraints from an existing building face and/or building canopy overhang (such as the Wabano Center). This results in insufficient space to construct a full shelter.

Exhibit 1 [ PDF - 125 KB ]

Community safety audit

On June 20, a meeting was held with representatives from Women's Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE). The purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the Montreal Road community safety audit which involves:

  • Walking Montreal Road with members of the community and WISE representatives to identify areas that could pose a safety issue from a women’s and/or vulnerable users perspective.
  • Incorporating the audit findings into the Montreal Road design plans to improve lighting levels, streetscaping features and public realm designs.

The Montreal Road safety audit is being organized by WISE in conjunction with the Vanier Community Association and will take place in mid July.

Next project design steps

  • Complete preliminary streetscaping and landscaping plans.
  • Meet with the Montreal Road Working Group in early July to discuss bus stops, shelter locations and streetscaping.
  • Meet with the Vanier Community Association Sustainable Development and Transportation Committee in early July to provide a project update and answer questions.
  • Begin detailed geometrical design plans and production of construction drawings.  The detailed design process is estimated to take 6 months.    

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team.

Mobility and you

Stay informed about capital infrastructure projects. Check out the City’s interactive traffic map and traffic report, or call 3-1-1 for updates about when and where construction is happening.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Project update (June 2018)

May 2018 saw the Montreal Road project team continue work on the preliminary design of the underground and road infrastructure along Montreal Road and North River Road.

Additionally, comments from the April 24 public information session were summarized and are now available.

A second Montreal Road working group meeting was held on May 17 with members of the community to discuss the streetscaping, public art program, and the burial of overhead utility lines as outlined below.

Streetscaping

Conceptual streetscaping options for Montreal Road were reviewed and a discussion took place on streetscaping options, including traditional versus more vibrant/modern streetscaping themes. Working Group members provided comments on their vision of the corridor and the use of potential public spaces on streets such as Dupuis and Bradley. The working group plans to provide written comments on aspects related to streetscaping and public spaces to the design team by June 8, 2018. Comments can also be forwarded to the Montreal Road project team.

Public art program

Another facet of the Montreal Road revitalization is the public art program. Public art can spark neighbourhood revitalization, transform public spaces and add identity to the civic landscape. These aspects, combined with streetscaping improvements, make up an important component of the Montreal Road project. The Vanier communities’ diversity, unique history and community character require a comprehensive and phased approach to developing public art:

  • Phase 1 involves the development of a public art plan with research, consultation and collaboration with the community.
  • Phase 2 involves a call to artists with the established public art plan. Artists will submit applications to be reviewed and selected by the art selection committee. The committee will be comprised of artists, community representatives and project representatives. Installation of the artwork will be coordinated with the Montreal Road construction project.

The public art program for Montreal Road is lead by Melissa Black, Public Art Officer at the City of Ottawa.

Burial of overhead utilities

As part of the Montreal Road Project, approximately 140 meters of overhead hydro lines, located on the south side of Montreal Road between Lalemant Street and Ste-Anne Avenue, have currentlybeen identified as requiring undergrounding to accommodate the proposed design. The project teamcontinues to review undergrounding requirements as part of the detail design process.

Next project design steps

  • Continue with the design of the underground infrastructure on Montreal Road, including 2 kilometres of watermain and limited sewer replacement between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. The underground work on North River Road includes reconstruction of the existing watermain and sanitary sewer, along with full road reconstruction.
  • Continue with the roadway geometry design for Montreal Road and North River Road, including intersections, access and streetlighting.
  • Develop a preliminary streetscaping plan outlining potential public spaces, street furniture locations and landscaping concepts.
  • Meet with the Montreal Road Working Group in late June/early July to discuss bus stops, shelter locations and intersections.
  • Begin Phase 1 of the public art program

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team.

Mobility and you

Stay informed about capital infrastructure projects. Check out the City’s interactive traffic map and traffic report, or call 3-1-1 for updates about when and where construction is happening.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Project update (May 2018)

April 2018 saw the Montreal Road project team continue working on the preliminary design of the underground and road infrastructure along Montreal Road and North River Road.

The first public information session was held on April 24, 2018 at the Centre Pauline-Charron, where the project team presented:

  • A summary of the recommendations outlined in the Montreal Road Functional Planning Study (completed in June 2017)
  • The preliminary complete street design for Montreal Road between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. The proposed design is consistent with the 2015, Council approved, Complete Streets Framework that provides guidelines for accommodating pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicles on roadway reconstruction projects.

Approximately 90 people attended the information session, where the project team received over 50 comment sheets. The public information session boards are available. Additional comments will be collected until May 8 and can be forwarded to the project team. Once all the comments are collected, they will be posted on the City’s web site with the public information session boards.

The next public information session takes place in the late summer of 2018. The project team will present updated design drawings including streetscaping plans and bus shelter locations.

Next project design steps

  • Continue with the design of the underground infrastructure on Montreal Road including two kilometres of watermain and limited sewer replacement between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. The underground work on North River Road includes reconstruction of the existing watermain and sanitary sewer along with full road reconstruction.
  • Continue with the roadway geometry design for Montreal Road and North River Road including intersections, access and street lighting.
  • Develop a preliminary streetscaping plan outlining potential public spaces, street furniture locations and landscaping concepts.
  • Meet with the Montreal Road Working Group in mid-May to discuss the streetscaping plan.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team.

Mobility and you

Stay informed about capital infrastructure projects. Check out the City’s interactive traffic map and traffic report, or call 3-1-1 for updates about when and where construction is happening.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Design update #4 (April 2018)

Project update

In the month of March the project team completed the conceptual road design of Montreal Road (from North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard) and North River Road (from Montreal Road to the north cul-de-sac). The design was reviewed internally with the City’s Technical Advisory Committee and with community representatives during the first project working group meeting. The conceptual design will also be presented at the upcoming project public information session scheduled for April 25.

Public engagement

On March 19, the first Montreal Road working group meeting was held with block captains representing both community residents and businesses along Montreal Road. The purpose of the meeting was to present the conceptual road design for Montreal Road to the working group and obtain their comments on the proposed improvements. Exhibit 1 – Montreal Road project block captains provides the contact information for individuals who have volunteered to represent specific zones along Montreal Road.

Exhibit 1 [ PDF - 84.3 KB ]

The primary task of the block captains is to obtain feedback from the community as well as convey discussions and issues presented at the working group meetings to other community residents and businesses. We encourage residents and businesses to reach out to the designated block captains within their zones and provide comments on issues directly related to the Montreal Road project.

As part of the project’s public consultation process, the City will be holding the first (out of three) public information sessions:

Tuesday April 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Centre Pauline-Charron, 164 Jeanne-Mance Street, Vanier

The focus of the information session will be to:

  • Recap recommendations from the Montreal Road functional planning study completed in the summer of 2017. The planning study work has been finalized and forms the foundation of the Montreal Road design.
  • Present the proposed conceptual Montreal Road design that was discussed at the March 19 Montreal Road working group. City staff and the project consultants will be on hand to discuss the current project status, the conceptual design and respond to questions. Additionally, community members will have an opportunity to flag constraints, suggest areas for improvement and bring up specific issues along the corridor that they would like reviewed by the project team.

Next project design steps

  • Finalize conceptual geometry for Montreal Road and North River Road.
  • Begin geotechnical and environmental investigation, which involves the installation of markers and drilling of approximately 35 boreholes within the Montreal Road and North River Road right-of-way. Information gathered from the geotechnical boreholes will determine soil types, soil conditions and ground water levels, which will be used to support the design of the road and underground infrastructure.
  • Begin the preliminary design for Montreal Road and North River Road, which includes underground infrastructures (watermain, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and utilities). Examination of design elements related to streetscaping, public spaces, accessibility and bus stops/shelters will beginning in the May/June 2018 timeframe.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the project team.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Design update #3 (March 2018)

Project update

Since the February 2018 design newsletter, the Montreal Road project team has been working on the preliminary design of the Montreal Road/Vanier Parkway intersection and the Montreal Road/North River Road intersection. In addition, the preliminary cross-section design has been finalized for the 1.6km section of Montreal Road between the Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard. With reference to the exhibit below the new Montreal Road cross-section will include the following:

  1. A 2m wide sidewalk on both sides of Montreal Road. The actual usable pedestrian area increases beyond 2m at numerous locations along Montreal Road and is dependent on the proximity of existing buildings. Some short localized pinch points do exist where the sidewalk could be reduced to less than 2m and the cycle track to less than 1.5m.
  2. Raised cycle tracks on both sides of Montreal Road. The 1.5m wide cycle tracks will be constructed at the same elevation as the adjacent sidewalk. A 0.2m wide delineated buffer will separate the cycle track and the adjacent sidewalk. The buffer area could also be used for lighting, however; the style and location of pedestrian/street lights remains to be determined and will be reviewed as part of detail design with input from the working group.
  3. A 0.4m to 0.7m buffer zone separating cyclists from vehicles. The buffer zone on the north side of Montreal Road will be larger compared to the south side to avoid parked vehicle doors from encroaching into the cycling track.
  4. An outside 3.3m wide westbound lane will be used by buses only during the morning peak hour and will revert to on-street parking during off-peak hours.
  5. An inside 3.3m wide westbound through lane that will be used by all vehicles.
  6. A 3.5m wide eastbound through lane that will be used by all vehicles including buses. No parking will be permitted in this lane at any time.

Proposed Montreal Road cross-section between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard.

Public engagement

On February 23, an introductory meeting was held with block captains who will form part of the Montreal Road working group. The primary task of the block captains is to obtain feedback from the community as well as convey discussions and issues presented at the working group meetings to other community residents and businesses. Up to four working group meetings are envisioned, which will take place during specific milestones of the design process. Please note that the working group meetings are in addition to the three Public Open Houses, which remain to be scheduled.

The project team also presented an update to the Vanier Community Association on February 23, subsequent to the block captain meeting.

Upcoming public engagement for the month of March will focus on the first official working group meeting scheduled for March 19 where the following topics will be discussed.

  • Review of proposed Montreal Road cross-section including cycle track and pedestrian facilities (from North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard).
  • Discussion of parking and loading zone impacts associated with the Montreal Road 3-lane cross-section.
  • Community mapping exercise identifying constraints, areas for improvement and specific issues.

Project vision

Montreal Road will become a welcoming, livable main street where residents and businesses thrive. The goal of the revitalization is to create a designation and enhance quality of life by providing safe, comfortable and easy access for everyone. The complete street approach to the design will give us a well-balanced and connected transportation corridor where streets are safe, vibrant public spaces that connect people to the places where they live, work and play.

Next project design steps

  • Continue with the preliminary design of intersections along Montreal Road including tying into the connecting side streets.
  • Finalize conceptual geometry for Montreal Road (North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard) and North River Road (Montreal Road north to the dead end).
  • Begin Geotechnical and Environmental investigation.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the project team.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Design update #2 (February 2018)

Project update

Since the January 2018 design update, the Montreal Road project team has completed the following:

  • Existing conditions report, including documenting all pavement markings, signage, and vegetation
  • Underground utility plan indicating the location of watermains, sewers and private utilities
  • Phase I Environmental Assessment outlining areas for further environmental review
  • Measurement of all hydro poles along Montreal Road to determine cycling and pedestrian conflicts
  • Review of the design proposed in the Montreal Road Functional Planning Study, dated June 2017

Progress on the Montreal Road cross-section (Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard)

The Montreal Road Functional Planning Study identified the following cross-section along Montreal Road (exhibit below):

  • Pedestrian sidewalks on both sides of the road
  • Raised cycle track on the north side of the road (in the westbound direction)
  • On road cycling lane on the south side of the road (in the eastbound direction)
  • One eastbound through lane
  • Two westbound lanes consisting of one through lane and one morning transit priority lane that reverts to on-street parking outside of the morning commute hours

Exhibit [ PDF - 61.7 KB ]

Over the last month, the project team has been focusing on designing a raised cycle track on the south side of Montreal Road (eastbound direction) instead of an on-road cycling lane. Inclusion of raised cycle tracks on both sides of Montreal Road was identified as a highly desired feature during the Montreal Road Functional Planning Study public consultation process. Some remaining tasks that need to be completed to confirm the feasibility of the south side cycle track includes discussion with Hydro Ottawa on relocation of several poles and closer review of building step modifications that would be required at entrances to provide the required sidewalk widths.

Public engagement

A request via email was sent on January 24 for block captains that will form a working group with members from the Vanier Community Association (VCA), Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area (QVBIA), Overbrook Community Association, Citizens for Safe Cycling, accessibility, pedestrian and transit advocates, as well as the residents. The primary task of the block captains will be to convey discussions and issues presented at the working group meetings to other community residents and businesses. The first working group meeting with block captains will take place in late February 2018.

On January 15, the project team met with the Healthy Transportation Coalition where several topics were discussed, including a strong desire by the community for bus shelters at Montreal Road bus stops within the project limits. The location of all bus stops and the availability of space to accommodate bus shelters will be reviewed in late spring 2018 once the sidewalks and cycling facilities designs have been finalized.

Upcoming public engagement for the month of February 2018 includes a VCA meeting and the block captain working group meeting, which remains to be scheduled.

Project vision

Montreal Road will become a welcoming, livable main street where residents and businesses thrive. The goal of the revitalization is to create a designation and enhance quality of life by providing safe, comfortable and easy access for everyone. The complete street approach to the design will give us a well-balanced and connected transportation corridor where streets are safe, vibrant public spaces that connect people to the places where they live, work and play.

Next steps

The project team will be finalizing the Montreal Road cross-section design and commence preliminary design.  The proposed cross-section will be presented in the next design update.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the project team.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Design update #1 (January 2018)

In summer of 2017 the City of Ottawa completed the Montreal Road functional planning study which outlined a vision for the 2 kilometre section of Montreal Road between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. The City is now proceeding with the next phase of the project, which focuses on designing and refining the improvements proposed in the planning study. As part of the public communication strategy for this high profile project, a monthly newsletter will be published from the design stage through to construction to keep residents, business owners and the public informed on the progress of the project.

Scope of the project

The ultimate vision for Montreal Road is to construct a vibrant and welcoming main street with a well-balanced transportation network that will allow residents and business to thrive. To achieve this vision some of the following aboveground and underground improvements are proposed:

  • Construct a three-lane cross section between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent that includes two westbound lanes, one eastbound lane and cycling tracks/lanes in both directions;
  • Implement streetscaping features along Montreal Road including but not limited to new street furniture, streetlights, trees, concrete sidewalks and paver stones;
  • Review and improve bus stop and bus shelter locations;
  • Replace the existing watermain between North River Road and St. Laurent Blvd.; and
  • Replace sanitary and storm sewers along certain sections of Montreal Road.

As part of the Montreal Road project, the 560 metre long section of North River Road (north of Montreal Road) is planned for reconstruction. The proposed works include replacement of the watermain, sanitary sewers and road drainage modifications.

Montreal Road at North River Road existing conditions (looking east).

Project schedule

The timelines envisioned for the project are as follows:

  • Project start: November 2017
  • Conceptual design completed and Public Open House # 1: Winter/Spring 2018
  • Preliminary design completed and Public Open House # 2 : Summer 2018
  • Detailed design completed and Public Open House # 3: Winter 2019
  • Full construction start: Spring 2019 (some work possible in late 2018)
  • Construction completion: Fall 2021

Public engagement

The public engagement strategy for the project focuses on two-way communication between City staff and business owners, residents and the public. Input from the various stakeholders is an important part of the decision making process and is required to develop solutions. The project team consisting of City staff and Robinson Consultants proposes the following public engagement during the design process:

  • Three public open houses;
  • Monthly meetings with the VCA (Vanier Community Association) and QVBIA (Quartier Vanier BIA) to provide project updates, receive feedback and answer questions;
  • Working group meetings with members from the VCA and QVBIA with the purpose of obtaining input on specific issues involving significant design decisions;
  • Monthly project update letter;
  • Attendance at annual general meetings (AGM) with the VCA and Overbrook Community Association;
  • Contact with individual business owners and residents affected by the proposed improvements.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the project team.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Interesting facts

In 1969 the City of Eastview was renamed Vanier after the recently deceased Governor General of Canada, Georges Vanier. Below are some interesting facts about Georges Vanier (1888 – 1967) extracted from Wikipedia:

  • Vanier was born in Montreal and raised bilingual.
  • He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université Laval, was called to the bar and took up the practice of law.
  • He married Pauline Archer in 1921 and they had five children.
  • Military Career
    • At the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Army, took on a prominent role in recruiting others, and in 1915 helped organise the French Canadian 22nd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, of which he was commissioned as an officer. Vanier received the Military Cross in 1916.
    • In 1918, he led an attack at Chérisy and was shot, resulting in the loss of his right leg. He was awarded another Military Cross and appointed to the Distinguished Service Order.
    • In 1921, Vanier acted as aide-de-camp to Governor General the Viscount Byng of Vimy.
    • In 1928, he was appointed to Canada's military delegation for disarmament to the League of Nations.
    • In 1930, he was named secretary to the High Commission of Canada in London.
    • In 1941, he was commissioned as commander of the military district of Quebec and began an early policy of bilingualism in the army.
    • In 1942 Vanier was promoted to the rank of major general and then made the Canadian Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the governments in exile.
  • Vanier was posted as Canada's first ambassador to France in 1944.
  • He pushed the government of Canada to revise the regulations of immigration and more than 186,000 European refugees settled in Canada between 1947 and 1953.
  • Vanier was the first French Canadian Governor General of Canada from 1959-1967 with mandate of fostering Canadian unity.

Vanier (seated, right), with William Lyon Mackenzie King (seated, centre), and other members of the Canadian delegation dispatched to the United Kingdom to discuss war planning, 1941.