Monday, May 13, 2019
6 to 9 pm
164 Jeanne Mance Street
The City of Ottawa is planning to undergo the revitalization of Montreal Road and North River Road. The project limits include:
- Montreal Road – North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard
- North River Road – Selkirk Street north to the cul-de-sac
- Vanier Parkway – 200 metres south of Montreal Road and 100 metres north of Montreal Road
Through the revitalization, Montreal Road will be transformed into a “Complete Street” implementing improvements for all users:
- Pedestrians – sidewalk improvements, public spaces
- Cyclists – cycle tracks
- Transit – optimized transit stops, shelters, transit priority lanes
- Vehicles and trucks – intersection improvements
The Functional Planning Study for Montreal Road was completed in June 2017 and the design phase commenced in November 2017. The purpose of this public information session is to present the detail design and inform residents of the upcoming construction activities, staging and traffic impacts.
In addition to the public information sessions, the project public consultation has included: meetings with the Montreal Road project Working Group, monthly design update newsletter, meetings with the Vanier Community Association and Quartier Vanier BIA.
A vision statement for the revitalization of Montreal Road was established during the Functional Planning and Design Study. The project vision statement has been carried forward to the preliminary and detail design stage and states:
“Montreal Road will become a welcoming, liveable main street where residents and businesses thrive. The goal of the revitalization is to create a destination 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.”
North River Road – Montreal Road north to the cul-de-sac
- Replacement of the local watermain, sanitary sewer, service laterals and catchbasins
- Full road reconstruction including concrete curbs, west side multi-use pathway and east side concrete sidewalk
- Two lane cross section, one lane in each direction, maintaining the existing road width
- Asphalt multi-use pathway on the west side of the roadway
- Concrete sidewalk on the east side of the roadway
Montreal Road – North River Road to Vanier Parkway
- Replacement of the existing local watermain, service laterals and catchbasins
- Full road reconstruction including concrete curbs and sidewalks
- Landscaping and streetscaping features
- Traffic signal and streetlighting installations
- Bus shelter installations at bus stops where feasible
- Utility burial and upgrades
- Four lane cross section, two lanes in each direction, maintaining the existing road width
- Curb lanes are transit lanes during peak hours (westbound during the AM peak and eastbound during the PM peak) and parking lanes at all other times
- Concrete sidewalks on both sides of the roadway
Montreal Road – Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard
- Replacement of the existing local watermain and service laterals
- Replacement of the existing storm and sanitary sewers at various locations and catchbasins throughout the limits
- Full road reconstruction including concrete curbs and sidewalks, raised cycle tracks and paving stone boulevard
- Landscaping and streetscaping features
- Traffic signal and streetlighting installations
- Bus shelter installations at bus stops where feasible
- Utility burial (Altha to L’Eglise) and upgrades
- Three lane cross section, two lanes in the westbound direction and 1 lane in the eastbound direction
- Westbound curb lane is a transit lane during the AM peak and a parking lane at all other times
- Raised unidirectional cycle tracks and concrete sidewalks on both sides of the roadway
Project construction is scheduled to start in late May/early June 2019 beginning with utility burial and upgrade works. A general summary of the construction timeline lines and project staging are as follows:
- Year 1 (2019) – Burial of overhead hydro power lines and other utility work on Montreal Road between North River Road and L’Eglise Street.
- Year 2 (2020) – Continued utility work including hydro burial as well as watermain and sewer construction on Montreal Road and North River Road (Montreal Road to north cul-de-sac). Completion of roadwork for the section of Montreal Road between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway and on North River Road.
- Year 3 (2021) – Continued watermain, sewer and road work on Montreal Road between the Vanier Parkway and St Laurent Boulevard. Avenue.
- Year 4 (2022) – Landscape, cleanup and final lift of asphalt pavement on Montreal Road.
The above timelines and sequence of work may change as the work progresses along Montreal Road.
Traffic management during construction
Throughout construction there will be temporary changes to the traffic lanes within the construction zone. The lanes changes are necessary to provide the contractor with the required space to complete the work.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times to buisnesses and properties along Montreal Road. Vehicle and bicycle access will be restricted along Montreal Road at times including closure of some side streets.
In 2021 eastbound traffic will be detoured from Montreal Road via McArthur Avenue from Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard.
All detour routes will be signed and advance notice of road/intersection closures, along with the associated detours, will be provided. OC Transpo will detour affected transit routes as required throughout the duration of construction. Notifications will be provided to the public in advance of transit detours.
Accessibility for the public is an important consideration for the City. The City will make every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. Pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times. Please let the project team know if you have any special needs or assistance requirements that may be affected by the construction.
Short term driveway access restrictions will be required during construction of the utility burials, new watermain and/or sewer and for the placement of the new asphalt road surface, cycle tracks and concrete curb and sidewalks. Where commercial properties are serviced by a single driveway, the reconstruction will be phased to perform work on one half of the driveway at a time to maintain access, wherever possible. Where properties are serviced by more than one driveway, the reconstruction will be phased to ensure one access is provided at all times.
To allow the work to be completed in a timely manner, on street parking will be prohibited in areas as required during the construction period. Signs will be placed 24 hours in advance indicating the parking prohibition.
Activity on this project will generate construction noise. The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am to 10 pm, while Sundays, statutory and public holidays work is permitted between 9 am to 10 pm.
Temporary water service connections will be provided to each property while the watermain is being replaced. During the transition to and from the temporary water service, the water to properties will be shut off for a period of up to 8 hours. Notifications will be provided approximately one week in advance of this work that provide the date and times that the water will need to be shut off.
All landscaping will be reinstated and driveways and walkways disturbed during construction will be restored.
Vanier and Montreal Road public art plan
The Vanier and Montreal Road public art plan was developed through extensive community engagement, which involved more than 80 Vanier residents in stakeholder interviews, site visits, and community visioning workshops. The engagement process revealed strong community alignment around the following key findings, namely that the Vanier and Montreal Road public art plan should:
- reflect diversity
- create connections
- create a beacon/"gateway"
- be mindful of safety through integrated planning
- creativity into infrastructure
- provide opportunities for dynamic storytelling
- be possitive and forward-looking
The Vanier and Montreal Road public art plan has been developed with these key findings front of mind. The program will be implemented with the overarching strategy of creating, revealing and maintaining connectivity and connections. The Vanier and Montreal Road public art plan unfolds in four parts, each interpreting connection slightly different: the first, the "Gateway", connects Vanier and adjacent neighbourhoods; the second, Montreal Road as Main Street, connects different sites within Vanier, and the third, Gathering Places, connect people to the sites, the stories of past, present and future, and to each other. Lastly, the art program will seek to connect to other relevant and strategic initiatives in the neighbourhood, through Partnerships.
Gateway – connecting Vanier across the river and beyond
A Gateway beacon will be commissioned at the intersection of Montreal Road and River Road which acts as a welcoming landmark and speaks to the diversity of the neighbourhood. Although a sculptural work, light will be an integral part of this commission, to ensure a nighttime presence that is as welcoming as daytime.
Montreal Road as Main Street – connecting different parts of Vanier together
One or more elements of streetscape infrastructure will be identified for the integration of art into the fabrication of the base standard. The integrated designs will reflect the community desire to weave storytelling and creativity into regular infrastructure; art as a vital part of a vibrant neighbourhood.
A banner mounting system will be included with the new light standards along Montreal Road. The City of Ottawa Public Art Program will work with the local BIA to put out a call for curators/program facilitators, who will curate the program, including artwork/artist selection, with oversight from the City Public Art Program and the BIA.
Gathering Places – connecting Vanier’s diverse community, past, present and future
An artwork that encourages gathering, and is the work of an Indigenous, Inuit or Métis artist, will be commissioned at this site adjacent to St. Margaret’s Church. The work should include elements that invite people to spend time and offer storytelling opportunities and interactivity.
The redevelopment of Parc Riverain will incorporate an artwork that encourages gathering, interactivity, storytelling and/or play. The art concept will capitalize on the space and greenery of the park setting to deliver a work that allows for significant numbers to gather and interact, and will weave the idea of diversity across human and natural environments.
Partnerships – connecting to other initiatives
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program will work with local BIA and arts organizations to program art into the empty storefronts.
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program will proactively work with local BIA and arts organizations to bring art program activity into the new sites of significance that offer improved conditions for pedestrian activity as well any other sites in Vanier deemed appropriate for the particular project.
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program will work with all relevant City departments and stakeholders, both public and private as this development progresses, in order to ensure opportunities are identified in a timely and meaningful way.
Vision Vanier - revitalization projects
Vision Vanier is an umbrella initiative aimed at providing a coordinated communications and engagement approach to city projects for residents, businesses, community associations and other key stakeholders. The goal of Vision Vanier is to raise awareness, share information, gather feedback and affect positive change.
There are six key city projects under the Vision Vanier umbrella:
- Montreal Road Revitalization
- Vanier Public Art Program
- Montreal Road Community Improvement Plan
- Building Better Revitalized Neighbourhoods Vanier
- Vanier Arts and Cultures Revitalization
- Riverain Park Revitalization
Do you want to be part of building a revitalized Vanier? We want to hear what matters most to you about your community. Contact the project team for project updates and information on how you can get involved today!
Vision Vanier - Riverain parking lot and pathway renewal
The city is planning improvements for Riverain Park to improve connectivity and provide better transportation options for residents. This project will offer better transportation options and safety for all roadway users.
Vision Vanier - Building better revitalized neighbourhoods (BBRN)
Building better revitalized neighbourhoods focuses on renewal through new and existing program and initiatives, infrastructure as well as redevelopment. The City will continue to engage with the community to develop a neighbourhood revitalization strategy for Vanier.
Vision Vanier - Vanier Arts and Cultures revitalization strategy
Vanier Arts and Cultures revitalization strategy’s process will bring together residents, cultural workers, organizations and all municipal services sharing this goal and wishing to use one of the most powerful tools of sustainable development: a strategy to improve the artistic, heritage and cultural life of residents.
Vision Vanier - Montreal Road community improvement plan
A community improvement plan for Montreal Road would permit the City to provide financial incentives to property owners to upgrade their properties. Such a program in Vanier would help to attract new businesses and support existing businesses and nurture economic growth.
Vision Vanier - Montreal Road revitalization
This vision is to construct Montreal Road into a vibrant and welcoming main street with state of the art transit that will allow residents and businesses to thrive.
Vision Vanier - Montreal Road public art plan
Based on community engagement and best practices, the public art for Montreal Road and Vanier will help to transform the public space by adding visual interest and unique character to the community.
Thank you for your attendance. We encourage you to provide your comments by email or in writing using one of the comment sheets provided. Please deposit completed comment sheets in the box provided or mail/fax/email your comments to the address shown on the bottom of the comment sheet by May 27, 2019.
Following the public information session, comments and feedback received from the public will be reviewed and the design for Montreal Road will be finalized.
All information/comments received will be maintained on file for use during the design and may be included in design documentation. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
Accessible formats and communication supports are available.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project team.
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