In June 2017, the City of Ottawa Transportation Committee and City Council received the Barrhaven and Merivale Road Rail Grade Separation Study which examined the feasibility of grade-separating of four roadways and the Southwest Transitway where they currently have at-grade crossings with the VIA Rail line. The study included review of the at-grade crossing at Jockvale Road and identified a need for grade-separation in the future due to increase in train and auto traffic. The study was undertaken following a recommendation from the Transportation Safety Board in its 2015 report on the VIA Rail and OC Transpo train and bus collision that occurred in 2013.
Consequently, the City of Ottawa has initiated the Jockvale Road Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) Rail Grade-Separation Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to develop a Recommended Plan for a possible grade-separation of the MUP crossing where Jockvale Road crosses the VIA Rail line in Barrhaven.
The MUP runs on the southwest side of Jockvale Road and is currently well used by many residents. A key consideration in undertaking this study is to enhance safety of the MUP users.
The study area is illustrated in the key map.
The study is being conducted in accordance with the Ontario's EA Act, fulfilling requirements of the Municipal Class EA process for a Schedule C project. The study will evaluate alternative solutions and designs for the project, assess the potential environmental effects of a Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts. The objective of the EA will be to recommend a cost effective, context-sensitive, functional design that accommodates all users of the multi-use pathway, is compatible with surrounding land uses, and minimizes impacts on the surrounding environmental (social, natural/physical, and economic) conditions.
The EA process requires a comprehensive consultation program involving stakeholders, including Indigenous communities, regulatory agencies, conservation authorities, local community associations, property and business owners, special advisory and interest groups and members of the public. Hence, there will be ongoing consultation activities during the course of the study.
As part of the study process, an Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared to document the planning and design process and to present the Recommended Plan for the project. Upon completion, the ESR will be available for review by the public and review agencies for a period of 30 calendar days. Following the public review period, the project will be considered to have met the requirements of the Municipal Class EA Process and Ontario’s EA Act.
The study is expected to be completed in Fall 2019.
For further information on this project, please contact:
Jabbar Siddique, P. Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, ext. 13914