The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design and construction for the Montreal Road revitalization project from North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard. The project also includes reconstruction of North River Road from Montreal Road to the North River Road cul-de-sac for a total distance of 560 metres length. This work is required to ensure that integral City services will continue to be delivered to residents and businesses in the area.
The project limits are available in the key plan [ PDF - 377 KB ].
The vision for Montreal Road is to construct a vibrant and welcoming main street with a well-balanced transportation network that will allow residents and businesses to thrive. Highlights of the project include:
- Construct a three-lane cross section between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard 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 Boulevard
- Replace sanitary and storm sewers along certain sections of Montreal Road
The project limits for Montreal Road are North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard for a total distance of 2 kilometres. In addition to the Montreal Road corridor, the project includes reconstruction of North River Road from Montreal Road to the North River Road cul-de-sac for a total distance of 560 metres length. The proposed works include replacement of the watermain, sanitary sewers and road drainage modifications.
Public involvement and engagement
Various opportunities for public involvement and input will be provided throughout the duration of the project. 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 design decision-making process and the City values your comments.
Here are some examples of engagement opportunities:
- Three public open houses
- Monthly meetings with the Vanier Community Association and Quartier Vanier BIA to provide project updates, receive feedback and answer questions
- Working group meetings with members from the Vanier Community Association and Quartier Vanier BIA with the purpose of obtaining input on specific issues involving significant design decisions
- Monthly project update newsletter
- Contact with individual business owners and residents affected by the proposed improvements
Recognizing the inconveniences and challenges of construction, the City takes every precaution to minimize interruptions to residents, businesses and commuters. The City welcomes the opportunity to work with residents, partners and community groups, for the coordination of construction projects.
This project is currently in detailed design and it is expected construction will start in spring 2019. The anticipated completion for the project is fall 2021.
Over the last several months, as part of the detailed design process, the project team has been engaging with community groups, the Quartier Vanier BIA, the Montreal Road Working Group and individual business owners.
The Montreal Road project team is working on the design of intersections along Montreal Road and construction drawings for North River Road, which are nearing completion.
Significant work is taking place on developing a construction staging and traffic management strategy for Montreal Road.
The project team will be focusing on these aspects as part of the construction:
- Maintaining access to businesses during construction including delivery zones
- Maintaining pedestrian access along Montreal Road and possible detours for cyclists
- Minimizing delays to OC Transpo and ensuring access to bus stops
- Reviewing potential vehicle detours along McArthur Avenue
- Developing a staging strategy and schedule for completing the underground works, road narrowing (4 lanes to 3 lanes), curbs and landscaping. The objective is to complete the work as quickly as possible (including potential night and weekend work) while minimizing mobility impacts.
The City of Ottawa public art program has concluded a competitive process to retain a consultant who will develop a comprehensive public art plan for Vanier and Montreal Road, awarding the contract to Rebecca Carbin of Art +Public UnLtd.
Rebecca Carbin has over 18 years experience developing public art plans and programs and commissioning art in public spaces, both in Canada and the United Kingdom. You can read more about Rebecca and her experience on her website linked above.
For this project, Rebecca and her community engagement consultants, Bespoke Cultural Collective and Lise Beaudry, will be coordinating and facilitating public engagement and consultation opportunities with the Vanier Montreal Road community over the next month in order to ensure that the Vanier Montreal Road public art plan reflects the local community, past, present and future.
Next steps for public art
- A series of community engagement workshops specific to the public art plan is currently being developed, based on in-depth interviews with key-stakeholders. The public will be notified once the format and dates for these workshops confirmed.
- In the months following, based on the outcomes for these workshops and session, the public art plan will identify a vision for public art in this neighbourhood as well as concrete recommendations for public art opportunities, identifying sites, approaches, priorities, timelines and budgets. The Plan will identify at least one public art opportunity dedicated to honouring and recognizing indigenous heritage and culture.
- The Vanier Montreal Road public art plan will be finalized by March 2019. The City of Ottawa public art program will then implement the recommendations therein, including a permanent public art commission integrated into the revitalization of Montreal Road.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next steps for project
- Continue with the detailed design of the roadway, underground servicing and streetscaping for Montreal Road
- Meet with the Montreal Road Working Group in mid-November to discuss the cycling facilities on Montreal Road and public art
- Continue the development of a traffic management strategy that accommodates pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicles during construction
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team.
Mobility and you
Accessible formats and communication supports are available.