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Queen Street renewal

Project Status: 
Underway

Queen Street renewal - Overview

Updated January 2017.

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the renewal of Queen Street between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street.

Figure 1: Extent of Queen Street renewal project

 Extent of Queen Street Renewal Project

The renewal of Queen Street is a project that implements the vision from the Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets, which was approved by Council on March 27, 2013. The overall plan aims to make walking, cycling and transit use more comfortable and convenient by redistributing and improving the streetscape environment.

As a "Transit Showcase Street", Queen Street will comfortably support high pedestrian volumes destined to and from the Confederation Line stations within an improved street environment. 

The project includes improved pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure along the central portion of the Queen Street corridor with extra-wide boulevard sidewalks, creative designs for parking and access, priority crosswalks and landscaping.

Since the LRT downtown tunnel runs under Queen Street, and two of the three integrated tunnel stations will be located on the street, the renewal of Queen Street surface infrastructure is being coordinated with the Confederation Line project construction. 

Project schedule

The Queen Street Renewal project will begin construction in Spring 2016 in the sections between Lyon Station (Queen and Lyon streets) and Parliament Station (Queen and O’Connor streets).

As part of the renewal, the roadway sections of Queen Street west of Lyon Station and east of Parliament Station will undergo a complete resurfacing in advance of Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

In order to ensure continuity of the Queen Street streetscape, those sections will then undergo the same complete streetscaping renewal after Confederation Line is up and running in 2018.

Taking this phased approach will give area residents and businesses some reprieve from the higher level of construction activity that would occur if the entire streetscape was done all at once.

This streetscaping project will be completed in spring 2018 to coincide with the opening of the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit Project.

Queen Street renewal – construction timeline

Bronson Avenue to Bay Street (resurfacing/reinstatement only) - completed 2016

Bay Street to Kent Street (Lyon Station) - September 2016 to November 2017 (final surface asphalt in April/May 2018)

Kent Street to Bank Street - completed 2016 (including final surface asphalt)

Bank Street to Mid-Block O’Connor/Metcalfe (Parliament Station) - April 2017 to November 2017 (final surface asphalt in April/May 2018)

Mid-Block O’Connor/Metcalfe to Elgin Street (resurfacing/reinstatement only) - completed 2016

Contact information

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s respective project contact at the address below.

Damon Berlin
Program and Project Management Officer
Light Rail Planning and Implementation
City of Ottawa
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext 12764

Notice to residents (7 April 2016)

This notice is to advise that construction on the Queen Street streetscaping and resurfacing project is starting this spring and will result in pedestrian, cycling, traffic and transit impacts in the area.

What: Queen Street between Bay and O’Connor/Metcalfe streets will be undergoing a complete streetscaping to improve pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure to better meet the needs of light rail along the Queen Street corridor.

Queen Street from Bay Street to Bronson Avenue in the west, and from O’Connor/Metcalfe to Elgin streets in the east, will undergo a complete resurfacing.

The work will include:

  • New sanitary and storm sewer and service replacement from Bay Street to Lyon Street;
  • Grading and drainage;
  • New catch basins and catch basin leads;
  • Concrete and unit paver sidewalks, flexible parking and crosswalks;
  • Shared bike lanes;
  • Street furniture and plantings; and
  • Resurfacing and sidewalk/curb reinstatement on the western and eastern limits.

When: The streetscaping project will start in April 2016 and continue until summer of 2018 to coincide with the opening of Confederation Line LRT. The contractor will stage the construction over this time, so work areas will change as operations are initiated and completed. The first section to begin is between Kent and Bank streets.

The resurfacing of the eastern and western portions of Queen Street will take place this summer.

Why: Queen Street was identified in the City’s 2013 “Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets” study, which looked at ways to create more vibrant, inclusive, safe and accessible streets in the city’s core. Since the LRT downtown tunnel runs under Queen Street, and two of the three integrated tunnel stations will be located on the street, the decision was made to incorporate execution of this work into the existing LRT contract.

Pedestrian, cycling and traffic impacts

The westbound lanes between Bay and Metcalfe streets will be closed starting April 24, 2016, until 2017. One eastbound lane will remain open. No on-street parking or taxi stands will be allowed during construction. Signage will be installed on site as required to direct vehicular traffic, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians.

Transit Services impacts

Impacts to transit will be moderate, requiring detours to some routes. Routes 9 and 12 will continue to operate along their regular eastbound routing on Queen Street with minimal impacts. Route 4 will continue to operate along Queen Street in the eastbound direction only, servicing regular bus stops. In the westbound direction, Route 4 will be detoured to Albert Street, where customers will be able to access the route at the existing Transitway stops between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street.

As the Queen Street streetscaping project progresses, further adjustments to Transit service may be required to ensure the delivery of safe, reliable service to customers. For more information regarding the planned detours and service adjustments, please visit the OC Transpo website.

Residential and business impacts

Local access to parking garages, entrances and sidewalks along Queen Street will be maintained.

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm.  On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am and 10 pm. while Sunday and Statutory holiday work is allowed between 9 am and 10 pm.  Some night work and/or weekend work is expected.  Advance notice of these events will be provided to the community by updates on the City website and by Notice to those adjacent to the work.

For further information about this project, please contact the City’s representative:

Alanna Lacroix
Stakeholder Relations
Ottawa Light Rail Stage 1 and 2 Project Office
(613) 580-2424 Ext. 30518

Damon Berlin
Stakeholder Relations
Ottawa Light Rail Stage 1 and 2 Project Office
(613) 580-2424 Ext. 12764

Contact Information: For any problems encountered outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City’s contact centre at 3-1-1. For general project information, please check the Confederation Line website.

To request an accessible format of this notice, please send an email to our office specifying the document.

Open house boards (9 March 2016)

Roll plan drawings [ PDF – 4.22 MB ]

Welcome

Purpose of the information session:

  • Inform you about the projects
  • Connect you to the project team
  • Present elements such as:
    • Wide sidewalks, provision for cycling, bus transit and the movement of all vehicles;
    • Streetscaping features;
    • Roadway, road structure and pavement;
    • Utility reconstruction as required;
    • Construction timelines and potential disruption;
    • Adjusted project limits and project scope.
Key plan map showing projects limits.

Pic#5 - Key Plan map showing projects limits.

Project facts and design principles

Context

The renewal of Queen Street, is a project that implements the vision from the Downtown Moves Plan which was approved by Council on March 27, 2013. That overall plan aims to make walking, cycling and transit use more comfortable and convenient by redistributing and improving the streetscape environment.

Quick facts

Queen Street improvements / actions include:

  • Maintaining one all-purpose travel lane in each direction
  • Auxiliary turn lanes at critical turning locations
  • Flex-space along the street edge for on-street parking and loading.
  • Wider sidewalks to accommodate increased pedestrian volumes
  • Improved landscaping and street furnishings (trees, benches, bike rings, waste receptacles, surface pavers, etc.)
  • New OC Transpo bus stops and shelters
  • Improved pedestrian crossings and raised intersections

Design principles / objectives

  • Transform Queen Street into a transit showcase street, given that two of the three downtown Confederation Line stations (Lyon Station and Parliament Station) will have station entrances on Queen Street;
  • Support the success of Confederation Line's Lyon and Parliament Stations;
  • Be the focus of pedestrian activity in the area;
  • Support bus-to-LRT interface zones to serve the Confederation Line in the downtown core;
  • Provide opportunities for on-street parking, loading and service space for commercial vehicles.

Lyon station

This image illustrates the integrated Lyon LRT Station entrances with existing buildings on Queen Street near the intersection of Lyon Street.

Lyon station

This image illustrates the integrated Lyon LRT Station entrances with existing buildings on Queen Street near the intersection of Lyon Street.

Parliament, west entrance

This image illustrates the integrated Parliament LRT Station entrances with existing buildings on Queen Street.

Parliament, east entrance

This image illustrates the integrated Parliament LRT Station entrances with existing buildings on Queen Street.

Managing construction

The construction project activities will have the potential to impact businesses and residents along the corridor and the adjacent community.  Construction activities will be coordinated with the construction of the future Confederation Line Light Rail Transit stations currently underway.  The project will:

  • Establish, as an overall goal, that the time and extent of the construction projects' potential negative effects on adjacent businesses and landowners and on the surrounding community and its environment be minimized as much as practical.
  • Place a priority on the need to retain a basic level of transportation accessibility to the street-fronting land uses, including pedestrian accessibility to building fronts and vehicle access to parking facilities.
  • Provide for an acceptable level of service by emergency service vehicles.
  • Acknowledge that the surrounding community may experience effects, particularly if traffic is temporarily routed along alternative streets.
  • Construction crew hours of work (typically 7 am to 5:30 pm weekdays), but special circumstances may arise. The City of Ottawa Noise By-law allows for work to occur between 7 am to 10 pm on weekdays.
  • Prescribe construction mitigation requirements in detailed designs and tenders, to the degree possible.
  • Potential for short-duration street closures to vehicle traffic.
  • Potential for short-duration disruptions to parking facility entrances.

Anticipated timeline of project

Bronson Avenue to Queen Street (resurfacing/reinstatement only) – August/September 2016

Bay Street to Kent Street (Lyon Station) – September 2016 to November 2017 (final surface asphalt in April/May 2018)

Kent Street to Bank Street – April 2016 to October 2016 (final surface asphalt in August 2017)

Bank Street to Mid-Block O’Connor/Metcalfe (Parliament Station) – July 2016 to November 2017 (final surface asphalt in April/May 2018)

Mid-Block O’Connor/Metcalfe to Elgin Street (resurfacing/reinstatement only) – August/September 2016

Contact information

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City's respective project contacts at the address below.

Alanna Lacroix
Program and Project Management Officer
Light Rail Planning and Implementation
City of Ottawa
Tel.: (613) 580-2424 x 30518

Damon Berlin
Program and Project Management Officer
Light Rail Planning and Implementation
City of Ottawa
160 Elgin Street,
Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7
Tel.: (613) 580-2424 x 12764

Notice of Completion (May 2014)

Environmental Study Report

 The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Assessment of the Queen Street Renewal Project. The City has identified the need to renew Queen Street to upgrade the streetscape and pedestrian environment in anticipation of the commencement of the Confederation Line service. The streetscape/surface renewal on Queen Street between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street is being coordinated with the construction of the Confederation Line light rail transit (LRT) through the downtown area. The Recommended Plan will provide one shared-use travel lane in each direction with turning lanes where essential, while providing maximum space for wide sidewalks including opportunities for on-street parking, loading and/or taxi space. 

The City has planned this project under Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. The Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been completed and by this Notice is being placed in the public record for review. Subject to the comments received as a result of this Notice and receipt of necessary approvals, the City intends to proceed to detailed design. The implementation timing has not yet been confirmed however construction activities will be coordinated with the Confederation Line project.

The ESR is available for review at the following locations:

City of Ottawa
City Hall Client Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West
Tel: 613-580-2424

Ottawa Public Library
Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street 
Tel: 613-598-4001

Interested persons may provide written comments or make inquiries to the City of Ottawa between May 29, 2014 and June 28, 2014.  Comments should be directed to:

Theresa Mendler
Community Liaison
Rail Implementation Office, Planning and Infrastructure City of Ottawa
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 25469
Fax: 613-613-580-9688
E-mail: theresa.mendler@ottawa.ca

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussions with the City, a person/party may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order).  Any Part II Order requests must be received by the Minister at the address below by June 25, 2014. A copy of the request must also be sent to the City of Ottawa, at the above address.  If there are no requests received by June 25, 2014, the project may proceed to design and construction as outlined in the ESR.

The Honourable Jim Bradley
Minister of the Environment
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto, On M7A 2T5
Tel: 416-314-6790
Fax: 416-314-7337
Toll Free: 1-800-565-4923
minister.moe@ontario.ca

With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

This notice was first issued on May 29, 2014.

 EMC [ PDF - 107 KB]

Notice of public open house

Bronson Avenue to Elgin Street - Environmental assessment & design

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Jean Pigott Hall

The City of Ottawa is undertaking an Environmental Assessment and detailed design study for the proposed Queen Street Renewal project. The project involves a comprehensive streetscape renewal of the Queen Street surface infrastructure from Bronson Avenue to Elgin Street (see map).

 Extent of Queen Street Renewal Project

The anticipated modifications to the street surface will be in support of the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and will address the anticipated increase in pedestrian volumes resulting from two LRT stations that will be constructed along Queen Street. The project will also be guided by the Vision and Strategic Directions of the City’s associated Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets initiative, which designates Queen Street as a “Showcase Street”. 

The study process is following the requirements of a Schedule ‘C’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process. 

At the meeting, information regarding the study process, project objectives, existing conditions, alternative designs, and the preliminary evaluation of the alternatives, will be presented. City Staff and their consultants will be available to answer questions. 

For further information or to provide comments, contact the City’s project manager or the consulting team project manager at the addresses below.

Ravi Mehta, P. Eng.
Program Manager, Light Rail Projects
Rail Implementation Office, Planning and Infrastructure
City of Ottawa
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7
ravi.mehta@ottawa.ca
Tel.: (613) 580-2424 x 21712
Fax: (613) 580-9688

Ron Clarke, MCIP, RPP
Senior Principal, Manager of Planning
Delcan Corporation
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
r.clarke@delcan.com
Tel.:613.738.4160 x 5226
Fax: 613.739.7105