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Public information session display boards and comments summary

Public information session #1 (April 24, 2018)

Welcome

At this session we will:

  • Review the recommendations of the Montreal Road Functional Planning and Design Study completed in June 2017.
  • Present the preliminary design plans for:
    • Montreal Road  - North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard
    • North River Road - Montreal Road north to the cul-de-sac
  • Obtain feedback from residents and business owners

North River Road from Selkirk Street to north of Wayling Avenue [ PDF - 1.09 MB ]

North River Road from north of Wayling Avenue to the cul-de-sac [ PDF - 736 KB ]

Montreal Road from Montgomery Street to Durocher Street [ PDF - 2.20 MB ]

Montreal Road from Savard Street to east of Begin Street [ PDF - 2.10 MB ]

Montreal Road from Park Street to west of Granville Street/Lafontaine Avenue [ PDF - 2.34 MB ]

Montreal Road from west of Alfred Street to east of L’Eglise Street [ PDF - 1.64 MB ]

Montreal Road from east of L’Eglise Street to St. Laurent Boulevard [ PDF - 1.17 MB ]

Project and public consultation schedule

Spring 2018

  • Conceptual design completed
  • Public information session # 1 (April 24, 2018)

Summer 2018

  • Preliminary design completed
  • Public information session # 2:
    • Streetscaping, public art and public spaces
    • Transit stop locations and bus shelters

Winter 2019

  • Detailed design completed
  • Public information session # 3:
    • Final design
    • Construction staging and impacts

Spring 2019

Anticipated construction start

Fall 2021

Anticipated construction completion

In addition to the public information sessions, the project public consultation also includes:

  • meeting with the Montreal Road project working group
  • monthly design update news letter (please ask to be put on the distribution list)
  • meetings with the Vanier Community Association and Quartier Vanier BIA

Vision statement

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.”

Montreal Road as a destination. Montreal Road as a community to live. Montreal Road as a place to work. Montreal Road as a place to play.

Completed - Montreal Road functional planning study recommendations

In June 2017 the City of Ottawa completed the year-long study, including public consultation.

“Complete Streets Policy” requires improvements for all users:

  • Cyclists – cycling tracks and cycling lanes
  • Pedestrians –sidewalk improvements and public spaces
  • Transit – optimized transit stops, bus shelters, reserved lane
  • Vehicles and Trucks – intersection improvements and travel times

Alternative designs considered during planning:

  • 4 Lanes  (not recommended) – between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard with no dedicated cycling facilities
  • 3 Lanes (not recommended) - between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard with cycling facilities and only one westbound transit lane
  • Hybrid (recommended) – 4 lanes between North River Road and Vanier Parkway and 3 lanes from Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard

Alternative evaluations

Corridor User 4-Lane 3-Lane Hybrid
Pedestrians Protected intersections to reduce crossing distance. Protected intersections to reduce crossing distance. Protected intersections to reduce crossing distance.
Cyclists No dedicated cycling facilities.
  • 3.5 kilometre total dedicated cycling facilities
  • Cycle track WB
  • Cycle lane eastbound over entire corridor
  • 2.5 kilometre total dedicated cyling facilities
  • Cycle track westbound
  • Cycle lane eastbound between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard
Transit
  • Reserved transit lane in both directions during peak periods (peak direction only)
  • Expanded reserved transit lane hours
  • Consolidated bus stop locations
  • Reserved transit lane westbound only during am peak period
  • Expanded reserved transit lane hours
  • Consolidated bus stop locations
  • Up to 8 minute (60%) increase in bus travel times across corridor
  • Reserved transit lane westbound only during am peak period
  • Expanded reserved transit lane hours
  • Consolidated bus stop locations
  • Up to 1 minute (8%) increase in bus travel times across corridor
  • Transit priority for buses at Vanier and St. Laurent intersections
Vehicles
  • No change in corridor travel times
  • No change in parking supply
  • Up to 8 minute (100%) increase in vehicle travel times across corridor
  • Removal of 39 (44%) on-street parking spots on south side
  • Insufficient parking capacity remaining
  • Up to 3 minute (40%) increase in vehicle travel times across corridor
  • Removal of 24 (27%) on-street parking spots on south side
  • Sufficient parking capacity remaining
Trucks Consistent minimum lane widths
  • Consistent minimum lane widths
  • Wider eastbound travel lane over entire corridor
  • Consistent minimum lane widths
  • Wider eastbound travel lane between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard

Other factors, such as cultural heritage impacts, natural heritage impacts, economic impacts, environmental impacts and social impacts were considered as part of the evaluation. No major differences between the three options studied were noted for these factors.

Ongoing - Montreal Road and North River preliminary and detailed design

In November 2017 the preliminary design of Montreal Road and North River Road was started. 

As part of the preliminary design a review of the functional planning study was completed including:

  • Ground survey and measurements
  • Review of design criteria
  • Review of design vehicles
  • Refinements to roadway geometry
  • Location of all utilities, street lights and hydro poles
  • Operational review of intersections
  • Re-examination of cycling options
  • Review of sidewalk widths
  • Watermain and sewer replacement requirements
  • Geotechnical and environmental testing requirements

The following refinements have been made during preliminary design:

  • Montreal Road cross-section:  North River Road to Vanier Parkway
    • Functional planning study recommended shared use lanes for bicycles and vehicles
    • This recommendation has been carried forward into the design stage.
  • Montreal Road cross-section: Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard
    • Functional planning study recommended:
      • A westbound raised cycle
      • An eastbound road cycling lane
    • The planning study has been revised to include raised cycle tracks for both eastbound and westbound Montreal Road.
    • A raised cycle track improves the separation and reduces conflict between cyclists and motorists.
  • Montreal Road (North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard – 2 kilometres)
    • Sidewalk reconstruction
    • Raised cycle tracks on both sides of Montreal Road (Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard)
    • Road reconstruction
    • Watermain reconstruction
    • Sewer spot repairs
    • Streetscaping features
    • Traffic signal reconstruction
    • Streetlighting upgrades
    • Bus shelters where feasible
  • North River Road (Montreal Road north to the cul-de-sac – 500m)
    • East side sidewalk reconstruction
    • West side multi-use pathway upgrades
    • Full road reconstruction
    • Watermain and sanitary sewer reconstruction

Thank you

We welcome your feedback on this project. You can provide comments by email.

Please send your comments by May 8, 2018.

All information/comments received will be maintained on file for use during the design/construction and may be included in the design/construction 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 email the project team.

Comments summary

1.0 General

Comment - Suggest using a facility with more bicycle parking for next public meeting.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - Noted; however, selection of the facility is based on size, proximity to the project area and availability at the time of booking.

Comment - Opposed to Salvation Army moving to Vanier.
Number of respondents - 4
Response - The Salvation Army proposal is not part of the project scope. Comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff.

Comment - Support for the revitalization of Montreal Road and the overall project initiative.
Number of respondents - 9
Response - Noted.

Comment - Support for improved cycling facilities, raised cycle tracks and/or protected intersections.
Number of respondents - 21
Response - Noted.

Comment - Opposed to current design; suggest using another street as an example (O'Connor, Wellington, etc.)
Number of respondents - 6
Response - Montreal Road is officially designated as a traditional main street, spine cycling route, transit priority corridor, truck route and arterial road. The multiple designations are evidence of Montreal Road's key role in the City's multi-modal transportation network, which has to take into account the various corridor users.  In 2015, Council approved the City's Complete Street Policy, which requires road reconstruction projects to give consideration to all modes of transportation.  This policy in combination with the Multi Modal Level of Service (MMLOS) guidelines sets out desirable performance criteria for pedestrians, cyclists, transit, trucks and vehicles.  This policy was applied to the Montreal Road project as part of the Montreal Road Functional Planning Study (June 2017).  The planning review examined several cross-section options for Montreal Road and it was concluded based on the MMLOS analysis that a 3-lane Montreal Road cross-section (between the Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard) was the preferred solution. The 3-lane configuration, which includes a dedicated WB transit lane in the morning peak hour and a shared transit/vehicle lane in the EB direction, provides for substantial pedestrian and cyclist improvements while still accommodating vehicles and transit without significant delays.   This balanced approach was found to be the preferred solution for transforming Montreal Road from a primarily arterial and transit corridor into an inclusive facility that serves the needs of all its users in a more equitable way.

Comment - Opposed to cyclists on Montreal Road; suggest cyclists use another street such as McArthur or Donald.
Number of respondents - 11
Response - Montreal Road is a designated cycling spine route in the City's Transportation Master Plan. It is therefore a requirement of the design criteria to provide facilities to accommodate cyclists.  Montreal road provides an important cycling route that connects from Rideau River through Orleans and out past Cumberland Village via St. Joseph Blvd and Old Montreal Rd.    The connectivity eastward is only paralleled by Highway 417 and Ottawa Road 174, both of which prohibit cycling.

2.0 Safety

Comment - Concerns with pedestrian safety and increased collisions with cyclists due to cycle track and sidewalk being at the same elevation.
Number of respondents - 12
Response - The proposed cycle tracks on Montreal Road are a raised, unidirectional (following the direction of traffic) facility. The cycle tracks will provide a designated space for cycling only and will be distinct from the concrete sidewalks, constructed in asphalt and separated by a demarcation tile strip. Generally, cycle tracks do not support high-speed bicycle movement as they attract a wider range of cyclists from all ages and skill levels than on-road or less separated facilities. Additional information is available on the City website.

Comment - Concerns with cyclist safety and collisions with turning vehicles.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - The proposed cycle tracks on Montreal Road are a dedicated cycling facility running parallel to the road and are physically separated from vehicular traffic by a barrier curb and buffer zone. The cycle tracks will be unidirectional and follow the direction of traffic. High visibility cross-rides are proposed for all intersections were the cycle tracks cross the roadway. The cross-rides run parallel to the pedestrian crosswalk and are clearly indicated using bright green pavement markings. Additional information is available on the City website.

Comment - Concerns with safety of the Mark-Vanier by-pass / connection; suggest providing cycling facilities on Montreal Road.
Number of respondents - 16
Response - High traffic volumes through the section of Montreal Road from North River Road to Vanier Parkway warrant the existing  4-lane configuration. Due to right-of-way constraints, it is not feasible to provide a separated cycling facility on this section of Montreal Road in order to provide the proposed 4-lanes at minimum widths with 2 metre sidewalks on both sides. While an alternative route is provided along Mark Avenue and through an easement at 263 Greensway Avenue, cyclists still have the option of using Montreal Road by taking a lane.  The route along Mark Avenue and through an easement at 263 Greensway Avenue will be signed appropriately with streetlighting provided to meet City standards. The alley between Tag Zone and U-Realty is not part of the project scope."

Comment - Concerns with safety of the Montreal Road / North River Road intersection and/or the speed of vehicles in this area.  Suggestions of implementing a raised intersection.
Number of respondents - 14
Response - The Montreal Road and North River Road intersection design is still under review with various alternatives and potential traffic calming measures being considered to improve the multi-modal performance and safety of the intersection.  The implementation of a raised intersection at this location is not recommended given the proficient movement of vehicles and accommodation of large design vehicles is a requirement along Montreal Road (the corridor is designated as an urban arterial roadway, transit route and truck route).  A speed limit reduction analysis was completed at the Cummings bridge and the results indicate reducing the posted speed to 40 kilometre/hour is not warranted.

3.0 Transit

Comment - Would like to maintain and/or increase the number of bus stops and shelters; show existing/proposed locations on the drawings.
Number of respondents - 13
Response - OC Transpo previously completed a Bus Stop Rationalization Study of the corridor of which the recommendations were incorporated in the Functional Planning Study (June 2017). The feasibility of providing bus shelters will be reviewed as part of the next phase of the design and is largely dependent on the availability of space within the right-of-way. Proposed bus stop, bus pad and shelter locations will be clearly indicated on the drawings for the next Public Information Session.

Comment - Would like to add a dedicated bus lane in the eastbound direction.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - Based on a completed Multi Modal Level of Service (MMLOS) analysis, a 3-lane Montreal Road cross-section between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard is the preferred design for the corridor.  The 3-lane configuration, which includes a dedicated WB transit lane in the morning peak hour and a shared transit/vehicle lane in the EB direction, provides for substantial cyclist improvements while still accommodating vehicles and transit without significant delays. The decision to maintain two lanes in the WB direction was made in order to ensure consistent inbound transit travel times for the majority of passengers who are on their way to work downtown. Additionally, transit travel times analysis revealed more significant timesavings achieved by the westbound exclusive transit lane during am peak period than by the existing eastbound exclusive transit lane during the pm peak hour.

4.0 Traffic and parking

Comment - Opposed to on-street parking removals on Montreal Road.
Number of respondents - 4
Response - A parking review was completed as part of the Functional Planning Study (June 2017).  The parking review considered the demand and capacity of parking along Montreal Road and adjacent side streets and found no noticeable deterioration in parking availability as a result of removing all parking on the south side of Montreal Road.  The design team is also reviewing opportunities for additional parking on the North side of Montreal Road.

Comment - Concerns with traffic impacts from upcoming adjacent developments.
Number of respondents - 3
Response - As part of the development review process, a traffic impact assessment is typically required for future developments.  The assessment identifies potential infrastructure improvements that are required to accommodate the development.  This process will be followed for Montreal Road and identified improvements will be completed as required.

Comment - Concerns with increased traffic congestion and bus delays, especially for eastbound traffic in the afternoon peak.
Number of respondents - 8
Response - As part of the Montreal Road Functional Planning Study (June 2017) a detailed traffic operational analysis was completed for the proposed Montreal Road design.  The analysis indicated the 3-lane cross-section between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard results in an overall 1-minute travel time increase for buses and 3 minutes for vehicles.  These delays were found to be acceptable given the extent of improvements to other modes of transportation.

Comment - Concerns with eastbound traffic making a left-turn onto Hannah, especially in the afternoon peak; suggest adding a left-turn lane and dedicated signal.
Number of respondents - 4
Response - Due to property constraints, it is not feasible to provide dedicated left-turn lanes at the Hannah Street intersection. Comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff for consideration during development of the traffic signal phasing.

Comment - Concerns with cyclists making left-turns from Montreal Road to side streets.
Number of respondents - 1
Response - Bike boxes are provided in locations as recommended in the Functional Planning Study (June 2017) and as discussed with City staff. Curb depressions will be provided at all other appropriate locations to allow access to the cycle track.

5.0 Utilities

Comment - Would like hydro lines buried.
Number of respondents - 6
Response - An approximate 140 metre segment of overhead Hydro located on the south side of Montreal Road (between Lalemant Street and Ste. Anne Avenue) will be undergrounded as part of the Montreal Road project.  This segment of overhead Hydro requires burial given the existing poles conflict with the proposed sidewalks and/or cycle tracks resulting in below minimum clear zone requirements.  The existing poles for the remaining approximate 1200 metre of overhead Hydro can be accommodated within the proposed design as such burial is not warranted.  It should be noted that undergrounding Hydro is a costly endeavour that is typically undertaken as a last resort when no technical solution can be achieved.

6.0 Streetscaping and public art

Comment - Would like to maintain and/or increase the number of benches.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - Noted, streetscaping considerations are part of the next phase of the design.

Comment - Suggest providing bike rental stations and/or maintenance stations.
Number of respondents - 4
Response - Noted, comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff.

Comment - Suggest providing additional trees and/or green space.
Number of respondents - 6
Response - Noted, streetscaping considerations are part of the next phase of the design.

Comment - Suggest adding a Gateway feature at Cummings Bridge and/or St. Laurent Boulevard.
Number of respondents - 5
Response - Noted, streetscaping considerations are part of the next phase of the design.

Comment - Would like the public art to enhance the corridor and reflect the local Francophone history.
Number of respondents - 4
Response - Noted, comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff from the City's Public Art Program.

Comment - Would like business owners to update store fronts.
Number of respondents - 1
Response - The City is undertaking a Community Improvement Program (CIP) for Montreal Road that offers incentives for businesses wishing to renovate their store fronts.  Further information is available upon request.

7.0 Geometry

7.1 General

Comment - Would like proposed sidewalk widths increased further.
Number of respondents - 8
Response - Montreal Road has multiple designations that requires the corridor to operate as a multi-modal facility. Due to a limited right-of-way width, a balance is required between vehicle lanes, cycle tracks and sidewalks widths. Sections of Montreal Road with a constrained right-of-way require the use of minimum sidewalk widths (1.8 metre); however, areas that are more open, sidewalk widths are increased beyond the minimum standard. Opportunities for widening the sidewalk are also being reviewed with adjacent property owners to allow for additional hard surfaces on private property.

Comment - Would like additional crosswalks provided to cross Montreal Road at side streets.
Number of respondents - 8
Response - Crosswalks to cross Montreal Road are provided at all signalized intersections.

7.2 Concept 1A (North River Road at Montreal Road)

Comment - Concerns regarding traffic operations and/or signal phasing at the Montreal Road / North River Road intersection.
Number of respondents - 6
Response - The Montreal Road and North River Road intersection design is still under review with various alternatives being considered to improve the multi-modal performance and safety of the intersection. Comments regarding traffic signal phasing have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff for consideration.

Comment - Concerns regarding the proposed lane configuration on North River Road.
Number of respondents - 3
Response - The Montreal Road and North River Road intersection design is still under review with various alternatives being considered to improve the multi-modal performance and safety of the intersection. The proposed lane configuration for North River Road was developed as part of the Functional Planning Study (June 2017) and based on the completed traffic analysis in that study.

Comment - Concerns regarding the cycling connections and/or crossings at the Montreal Road / North River Road intersection.
Number of respondents - 5
Response - The Montreal Road and North River Road intersection design is still under review with various alternatives being considered to improve the multi-modal performance and safety of the intersection. Major modifications to Cummings Bridge are not part of the project scope.

Comment - Concerns regarding bus stop locations on North River Road, south of Montreal Road.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - Comments have been forwarded to OC Transpo for review.

7.3 Concept plan 1B (North River Road, from Wayling Avenue to cul-de-sac)

Comment - Concern regarding widened sidewalks on the east side of North River Road, north of Montreal Road.
Number of respondents - 1
Response - The existing asphalt sidewalk is being reconstructed at 1.8 metre wide to meet the minimum City standard.

7.4 Concept plan 2 (Montreal Road, from Montgomery Street to Durocher Street)

Comment - Concerns regarding traffic operations and/or signal phasing at the Montreal Road / Vanier Parkway intersection.
Number of respondents - 6
Response - Comments regarding traffic signal phasing have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff for consideration.

Comment - Concerns regarding safety and/or visibility at private entrances.
Number of respondents - 4
Response - Noted, entrance reviews are part of the next phase of the design.

Comment - Would like cycle track provided on the south side of Montreal Road, from Vanier Parkway to Savard Avenue.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - Due to right-of-way constraints, it is not feasible to provide a separated cycling facility for this segment of Montreal Road. However this area is currently still under review.

7.5 Concept plan 3 (Montreal Road, from Savard Avenue to Begin Street)

Comment - Concerns with closed side streets and traffic impacts on Montreal Road.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - Additional side street closures are not part of the project scope. The existing closed side streets will be maintained. Opportunities for significant streetscaping, public art and/or public spaces will be considered for these areas as part of the next phase of the design.

Comment - Suggest constructing a park and ride in the vacant lot between Dupuis Street and Begin Street.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - The lot in question is private property.

7.6 Concept plan 4 (Montreal Road, from Park Street to Granville Street)

Comment - Would like additional on-street parking and/or loading zones on Montreal Road, near Lafontaine Avenue.
Number of respondents - 1
Response - A parking review was completed as part of the Functional Planning and Design Study (June 2017) and recommended the removal of some on-street parking in order to reallocate the available right-of-way to implement the proposed design. The parking review considered the demand and capacity of parking along Montreal Road as well as within 200 metres along the adjacent side streets and found no noticeable deterioration in parking availability. As part of the preliminary design, the design team is reviewing opportunities for additional parking and/or loading zones along the corridor.

Comment - Would like pay phones removed at the Montreal Road / Ste-Anne Avenue intersection.
Number of respondents - 1
Response - Comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff.

7.7 Concept plan 5 (Montreal Road, from east of Granville Street to east of L'Eglise Street)

Comment - Suggest adding green paint for cyclist crossing on the north side of the Montreal Road / L'Eglise Street intersection.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - The entrance to the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes church is being reviewed as part of the next phase of the design.

7.8 Concept plan 6 (Montreal Road, from east of L'Eglise Street to St. Laurent Boulevard

Comment - Would like bike boxes provided for all approaches to the Montreal Road / St. Laurent Boulevard intersection.
Number of respondents - 3
Response - Modifications to the Montreal Road / St. Laurent Boulevard intersection are not part of the project scope. Comments regarding line painting of the intersection have been forwarded to the appropriate City staff for consideration.

Comment - Concerns with requiring cyclists to dismount and walk on the approach to the Montreal Road / St. Laurent Boulevard intersection.
Number of respondents - 2
Response - Cyclists will be provided with depressed curbs and line painting to allow for entering / exiting the cycle track on the approach to the intersection. Alternatively, signage will be provided to allow for cyclists to dismount and walk to cross the intersection.