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 businesses 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 positive 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.
Please sign up for the Montreal Road Revitalization newsletter.
Comment - Where can we find additional information and updates about the project and upcoming construction?
Response - Additional information is available on the City of Ottawa website. Residents may also choose to sign-up for the project e-newsletter by clicking the link at the top of the Montreal Road Revitalization webpage.
Comment - Support for the revitalization of Montreal Road and the overall project initiative; encourage land development and bring new business to Montreal Road.
Response - Noted.
Comment - Support for improved cycling facilities, raised cycle tracks and/or protected intersections.
Response - Noted.
Comment - Opposed to cyclists on Montreal Road; suggest cyclists use another street such as McArthur or Donald.
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. Road reconstruction projects on arterial roadways also have to take into account the City’s complete streets policy which outlines requirements for accommodating and improving service for all modes of transportation.
Comment - Concerned City is not doing enough to address social issues (e.g. drugs and alcohol, prostitution, poverty, etc.) in Vanier.
Response - These issues are generally outside of the Montreal Road project scope; however, a Community Safety Audit of Montreal Road was undertaken to evaluate how safe the physical environment feels on Montreal Road and identify tangible solutions that would make it safer for everyone. Based on the audit improvements were included in the design related to visibility, lighting levels, signage and potential entrapment sites. Other ongoing Vanier community initiatives can be found on the City’s Vision Vanier website.
Comment - Opposed to Salvation Army moving to Vanier.
Response - The Salvation Army proposal is not part of the Montreal Road design and construction scope of work.
Comment - Concerns about potential rat infestation once sewer works begin.
Response - The impacts on rat intrusion as a result of construction on Montreal Road will be monitored throughout the duration of the project. Residents and business owners are encouraged to control rats by following the information provided on the City’s website.
Comment - Concerns the cycle lanes on McArthur Avenue are too confusing and resulting in accidents.
Response - The cycle lanes on McArthur Avenue are not part of this assignment. Comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff.
Comment - Concerns with safety of the Mark-Vanier by-pass / connection; suggest providing cycling facilities on Montreal Road. Would like to continue 3-lane configuration from North River Road to Vanier Parkway.
Response - High traffic volumes through the section of Montreal Road from North River Road to Vanier Parkway warrant the proposed 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 2m 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.
Comment - Concerns with pedestrian safety and increased collisions with cyclists due to cycle track and sidewalk being at the same elevation.
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 speeding vehicles along Montreal Road. Would like speed limit reduced, red light cameras added to all intersections, and raised intersections at North River Road, Vanier Parkway and Marier Avenue.
Response - The proposed eastbound Montreal Road lane reduction, curb radii tightening, public art and extensive streetscaping should calm traffic and reduce overall speeds along Montreal Road. The 50km/hr posted speed limit is consistent with the classification of Montreal Road and can be reviewed subsequent to construction completion. Implementation of raised intersections along major arterial roads such as Montreal Road is not recommended due to adverse impacts and delays to transit and emergency vehicles.
Comment - Concerns regarding snow removal of the cycle tracks. The cycle lanes on McArthur Avenue were not well-maintained last winter.
Response - In general, raised cycle tracks and multi-use pathways will be winter maintained. The typical standard is to plow following 2.5 to 5.0 cm of snow accumulation, however they are maintained to a snow packed standard with the exception of those adjacent to arterial roadways. Snow removal will be scheduled when snow banks are encroaching on to 50% of the existing width of the bike lane. Additional information is available on the City website.
Comment - Would like more information regarding the bus detours and accessibility to/from McArthur during construction.
Response - Bus detour routes and temporary bus stop locations are currently under review with OC Transpo. There are no bus detours planned for 2019. Once information becomes available for the 2020 and 2021 construction season, it will be distributed through the OC Transpo notification channels and through the Montreal Road Revitalization Project Updates via the project e-newsletter. Residents may choose to sign-up for the project e-newsletter by clicking the link at the top of the Montreal Road Revitalization webpage and following the link “Stay informed! Sign up for the Montreal Road Revitalization e-newsletter.” located under the Project Overview (May 2019) heading.
Comment - Would like bus stops moved closer to the intersections to allow for faster transfer to/from Route 12 to Routes 14, 18, 9, 19 and 20.
Response - As part of the Montreal Road functional planning study, OC Transpo completed a Bus Stop Rationalization Study of Montreal Road from North River Road to St Laurent Boulevard. The study was completed to optimize the number and locations of bus stop along Montreal Road and to minimize transit delays as a result of the removal of the one eastbound Montreal Road lane. Adjustments to bus stops provide an opportunity to improve transit service along a corridor for all transit customers. In some cases, the removal of a bus stop can result in a travel time savings of up to 30-45 seconds per trip. The relocation of a bus stop can improve travel times and reduce delays associated with the signal. Stop adjustments also provide opportunities for improved waiting areas and shelters, which have been accommodated at many of the stops along the corridor. All of the proposed bus stop adjustments aim to maintain customer walking distances to transit service within the Council approved 400m walking distance guidelines. During the review of bus stops, proximity to key origins and destinations was considered, in order to reduce additional walking distances wherever possible, while still achieving the benefits of the stop adjustments.
Comment - Would like to maintain and/or increase the number of bus stops and shelters; show existing/proposed locations on the drawings.
Response - See answer Above. All transit stops are labeled on the geometry drawings and bus shelters are proposed where feasible with Passenger Information Displays (PIDs) installed at specified locations. The drawings are available.
Comment - Would like improved bus shelters – no glass roof, better provisions for winter conditions, and designed to discourage drug use.
Response - OC Transpo will be installing their standard bus shelters that have a solid roof, enclosed on 3 ½ sides with glass side panels. An example of the shelter to be installed can be found on the recently reconstructed Main Street project.
Comment - Would like more enforcement of the bus-only lane.
Response - Noted.
4.0 Traffic and parking
Comment - Concerns regarding significant traffic congestion as a result of Beechwood Avenue, Montreal Road, and McArthur Avenue being reduced to 3-lanes.
Response - Comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff regarding congestion on Beechwood Avenue and McArthur Avenue. Delays on Montreal Road in the westbound direction are anticipated to be minimal given the existing 2-lanes configuration will be maintained under the new design. Vehicle delays on Montreal Road in the eastbound direction were found to be acceptable given the significant level of service (LOS) improvement to cycling and generally minor impacts to transit.
Comment - Concerns with increased traffic congestion and bus delays, especially for eastbound traffic in the afternoon peak.
Response - Traffic Modeling was undertaken of the 2km section of Montreal Road between North River Road and St Laurent Boulevard. The purpose of the modeling was to estimate the approximate peak hour transit and vehicle travel time delays as a result of the proposed three lane Montreal Road cross-section (2 WB-lanes and 1-EB lane between Vanier Parkway and St-Laurent Blvd). Based on the traffic modeling results it is anticipated that eastbound transit delays will be less than 2min. Several transit oriented improvements were implemented in an attempt to mitigate the travel time impacts including bus stop consolidation, relocation of stops to the far side of the intersections and a new EB-LT lane at Marier. Westbound Montreal Road transit travel times are generally anticipated to remain in the range of existing travel times. This is attributed to the 2-lane WB configuration being maintained as per existing conditions.
Comment - Concerns with eastbound traffic making a left-turn onto side streets, especially in the afternoon peak. Provide additional left-turn lanes for side streets.
Response - Auxiliary left-turn lanes were provided at Vanier Parkway, Marier Avenue, Granville Street / Lafontaine Avenue and St-Laurent Boulevard. Numerous intersections within the urban core of Montreal Road are constrained by existing buildings and limited property as such constructing auxiliary lanes at these locations is not feasible.
Comment - Would like the 3-lane configuration on Montreal Road to be 2-lanes eastbound (not westbound) and/or have the centre lane change directions to follow the peak hour flow (similar to Jarvis Street in Toronto).
Response - A variety of lane configuration alternatives were analyzed during the preparation of the Functional Planning and Design Study (completed in June 2017). The 3-lane configuration with 2-lanes westbound was determined to be the most effective approach and accepted by the City as the preferred alternative.
Comment - Would like improved responsiveness for the pedestrian push buttons at all intersections. Pedestrian signals should change with the green light, even if the push button is not activated. Would like pedestrian signal countdown at all intersections.
Response - Pedestrian cycle lengths and push button activation will be reviewed post construction once the pedestrian and traffic volumes actualize along Montreal Road.
5.0 Streetscaping and public art
Comment - Suggest consulting with local aboriginal community groups for input into the streetscaping and Public Art designs.
Response - Members of the aboriginal community have been involved through the development of the streetscaping plan and Public Art consultation.
Comment - Suggest including plaques / memorials regarding Vanier’s history and historic figures in the streetscaping and Public Art designs.
Response - Noted, comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff.
Comment - Suggest organizing the local community to paint the planter boxes, seating blocks, etc.
Response - Noted, comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff.
Comment - Suggest providing bike rental stations and/or maintenance stations.
Response - Noted, comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff. The existing bike maintenance station on the north side of Montreal Road at Marier Street will be reinstated after construction.
Comment - Suggest adding a Gateway feature at Cummings Bridge and/or St-Laurent.
Response - Gateway wall features are provided in the north-east and south-east quadrants of the North River Road intersection. Due to property constraints and the potential future rebuilding of the St-Laurent intersection, a gateway feature is not provided at this location. The south-east quadrant of the Montreal Road/North River Rd intersection has been identified as a potential location for future Public Art.
Comment - Would like to maintain and/or increase the number of benches.
Response - Benches and/or other seating features are provided where feasible along the corridor including at bus stops and public gathering nodes.
Comment - Would like cigarette butt stops and garbage cans at all bus stops, benches and public squares.
Response - Garbage and recycling bins are provided where feasible along the corridor including at bus stops and public gathering nodes.
Comment - Concerns the new plantings will not be maintained.
Response - The landscaping design is comprised of drought resistant plantings requiring low maintenance. The Contractor is required to provide a 2-year warranty period for all new plantings and then City Operations will take over maintenance of the plantings.
Comment - Would like business owners to update store fronts.
Response - The City has several ongoing initiatives as part of Vision Vanier. Please visit the City’s web site to learn more about the programs including economical incentives for store front improvements.
Comment - Would like proposed sidewalk widths increased further.
Response - Sidewalks were designed to provide for a minimum 2m clear width which is an improvement when compared to existing conditions. In numerous locations the 2m width increases substantially when taking into account hard landscaped surfaces fronting stores which are also used by pedestrians. Consistent sidewalks wider than 2m are generally not feasible along Montreal Road given the narrow road right-of way and proximity of buildings to the right of way boundary.
Comment - Would like additional crosswalks provided to cross Montreal Road at side streets.
Response - Crosswalks to cross Montreal Road are provided at all signalized intersections.
Comment - Suggest line painting and arrows to indicate modal separation and direction of travel along the cycle track and pathways.
Response - Pavement markings and signage will be provided for the cycle track and multi-use pathways per current City Standards.
Comment - Suggest smoothing out the cycle track tapers at the side street intersections.
Response - Cycle track tapers or “bend-outs” are provided where feasible within the existing right-of-way, according to City Standards. The intent of the bend-outs are to discourage high-speed usage, offset the cyclists from the roadway and improve visibility of cyclists for turning vehicles.
6.2 North River Road (cul-de-sac to Wayling Avenue ) [L1]
Comment - Would like on-street public parking for the adjacent park at the North River Road cul-de-sac.
Response - In general, on-street parking will be reinstated similar to existing conditions. City of Ottawa By-Law will confirm the parking restrictions and the corridor will be signed accordingly.
6.3 North River Road (Wayling Avenue to Selkirk Street) and Montreal Road (North River Road to Vanier Parkway) [L2]
Comment - Would like cycle path to go under the Cummings Bridge.
Response - This would likely require significant modifications to the bank of the Rideau River and the Cummings Bridge and result in additional environmental approvals and permits, structural design, and capital costs. This issue is outside of the project scope however comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff.
Comment - Suggest consolidating the number of bus stops on North River Road (south of Montreal Road).
Response - The comment has been forwarded to OC Transpo for their review.
Comment - Suggest adding public toilets, picnic tables, and additional parking to Riverain Park.
Response - Improvements to Riverain Park are outside of the Montreal Road project scope; however the comment has been forwarded to the City park facilities group.
Comment - How do cyclists turn left at Vanier Parkway?
Response - A “protected intersection” is provided at Vanier Parkway. Cyclists turning left are encouraged to follow the provided unidirectional cross rides along two legs of the intersection. Additional information regarding protected intersections is available on the City of Ottawa website.
Comment - Would like additional plantings and vegetation at the Vanier Parkway intersection.
Response - The proposed plantings at the Vanier intersection were selected based on a species / hardiness along with safety and visibility. Numerous concerns have been expressed by residents to eliminate loitering illicit activity around the intersection by improving lighting and visibility around the periphery of the intersection.
Comment - Would like protected left-turns at Vanier Parkway intersection.
Response - The traffic signal design and phasing including dedicated left turns is being reviewed by the City Traffic Signal group.
Comment - Suggest building a roundabout at Montreal Road and Vanier Parkway.
Response - A number of design alternatives were analyzed during the preparation of the Functional Planning and Design Study (completed in June 2017). The provision of a “protected intersection” was recommended and accepted by the City as the preferred alternative which was carried forward into the Preliminary and Detail design phase of Montreal Road.
6.4 Montreal Road (east of Vanier Parkway to Park Street) [L3]
Comment - Would like to be able to access the Shopper’s Drug Mart parking lot from Durocher Street.
Response - The center median on Montreal Road fronting the Shoppers Drug Mart will improve safety at the offset Durocher/Savard intersection including the Shoppers entrance by limiting the number of vehicle conflicts occurring at this geometrically complex and congested location.
Comment - Would like to eliminate dead-end and open Emond Street.
Response - The closure of Emond Street was previously implemented by the City to improve safety and limit on the street and at Emond Park.
Comment - Would like to incorporate similar design elements of the interlock pattern for Dupuis Street elsewhere.
Response - The streetscaping design was expanded and elaborated in certain areas, based on feedback from the local community, to encourage public gathering nodes. Each public gathering node was designed with unique features, specific to each space. The Dupuis Street area is intended to be the main public gathering space. Along Montreal Road the overall use of interlock will be reduced from what exists currently and additional concrete will be used to improve the durability and aesthetics of the corridor.
Comment - Would like a public market at Dupuis Street.
Response - Noted. The specific programming for the Dupuis Plaza remains to be confirmed and is subject to input from the community and the Vanier BIA.
Comment - Suggest adding signage at Marier Avenue for the Vanier Museopark/etc.
Response - Noted, comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff and the local community and businesses associations.
6.5 Montreal Road (Park Street to Alfred Street) [L4]
Comment - Would like additional on-street parking and/or loading zones on Montreal Road, near Lafontaine Avenue.
Response - A parking review was completed as part of the Functional Planning and Design Study (completed in 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 200m along the adjacent side streets and found no noticeable deterioration in parking availability. A designated loading space on the north side of Montreal Road near Lafontaine Avenue is currently under review by City staff.
Comment - Suggest eliminating the intersection offset at Granville Street and Lafontaine Avenue.
Response - Due to property constraints, major modifications to the alignment of the intersection are not feasible. However, in an effort to improve the intersection, a bulb-out is provided in the north-west quadrant and the curb radii were narrowed.
6.6 Montreal Road (Alfred Street to east of L’Eglise Street) [L5]
6.7 Montreal Road (east of L’Eglise Street to St-Laurent Boulevard) [L6]
Comment - Would like better pedestrian refuge areas at the St-Laurent Boulevard intersection.
Response - Modifications to the St-Laurent Boulevard intersection are not part of the project scope. Saint Laurent intersection will be evaluated through subsequent planning reviews of Montreal Road east of the current project limits. Comments have been forwarded to the appropriate City Staff for future consideration.
Comment - How do cyclists turn left at St-Laurent?
Response - The eastbound cycle track terminates west of the St-Laurent Boulevard intersection. Cyclists may choose to enter the roadway and share a lane or dismount and walk their bike to navigate the intersection. A potential bike box is being reviewed.