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Reconfiguration of Scott and Albert Streets after removal of reserved bus lanes (Smirle Avenue to City Centre Avenue)

Project Status: 
Underway

Open House and Online Consultation

Open House
Monday December 11, 2017
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tom Brown Arena - Hall
141 Bayview Road

Numerous OC Transpo bus routes along Transitway and O-Train Trillium Line – stop at Bayview Station
Located along Cross-town Bikeway #2 and the Trillium Multi-use Pathway
Free parking is available

Online consultation
December 8 to 18, 2017
Ottawa.ca/ScottStreet

The City of Ottawa has initiated a functional design study for the modification of cycling facilities and eastbound travel lanes on Scott and Albert Streets between Smirle Avenue and City Centre Avenue.  These changes are being considered after the removal of the temporary busway along this corridor, which will not be required after the Confederation Line of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) is fully in service.  This study examines the section between Smirle Avenue (near Tunney’s Pasture Station) and City Centre Avenue (near Bayview Station).  

Functional design drawings of the proposed road and pathway arrangement will be available online and at the Open House.  Both the online consultation and the open house drop-in format provide residents with the opportunity to review the designs and provide comments and direct questions to City staff.

Open House Display Boards [ PDF 1.708 MB ]

Functional Design Plan [ PDF 4.674 MB ]

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email the contact below before the event.

Tell Us What You Think

You have the opportunity to review the functional design and fill out the feedback questionnaire at the open house on December 11, 2017 or online at ottawa.ca/ScottStreet from December 8 to 18, 2017.

Next Steps

The functional design will be refined based on comments received from the public. The detailed design will be carried out in the winter of 2018.  Implementation is expected to begin after the LRT’s Confederation Line is operating and the reserved bus lanes are removed.

Complete the feedback questionnaire or email your questions/comments by Monday December 18, 2017 to the project manager below.

Paul Clarke, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 29882
Email: Paul.Clarke2@ottawa.ca

Dates & Times

Monday, December 11, 2017,
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

Tom Brown Arena - Hall
141 Bayview Road
Ottawa, ON
Numerous OC Transpo bus routes along Transitway and O-Train Trillium Line – stop at Bayview Station Located along Cross-town Bikeway #2 and the Trillium Multi-use Pathway Free parking is available

Functional Design Study

Open House: December 11, 2017

6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tom Brown Arena - Hall
141 Bayview Road
Numerous OC Transpo bus routes along Transitway and O-Train Trillium Line – stop at Bayview Station
Located along Cross-town Bikeway #2 and the Trillium Multi-use Pathway
Free parking is available

Online consultation: December 8 to December 18, 2017

The City of Ottawa is developing a plan for reconfiguration of the Scott Street-Albert Street corridor following the removal of reserved bus lanes used for the Transitway detour.  This removal will occur after the Confederation Line of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system goes into service. 

The City invites feedback on the reinstatement/redevelopment plans for the corridor segment between Holland Avenue and City Centre Avenue.

The Scott/Holland road components adjacent to Tunney’s Pasture Station are presented for public information purposes only.

You have the opportunity to review and comment on:

  • The configuration of the separated eastbound bike lane
  • The multi-use pathway and westbound cycling restrictions
  • The layout of the roadway, with new parking on the south side.

Background

The Scott-Albert corridor forms part of the City’s primary east-west bikeway (Cross-town Bikeway #2).  The road has a speed limit of 50 km/h and is classed as an urban arterial.

Currently, construction of the adjacent LRT line has necessitated a detour of the Transitway bus routes along this section of the corridor.  The road operates with one general-use lane and one bus-only lane in each direction, except at certain intersections where turn lanes are provided.  An eastbound bike lane (width 1.8 m) with painted buffer was provided as part of the Transitway detour.  Outside of winter months, the eastbound bike lane buffer is supplemented with flex posts attached directly to the pavement.

On the north side of Scott Street, the existing multi-use pathway (MUP) remained in place.  This pathway terminates at crosswalks at all intersecting streets, requiring cyclists to dismount while crossing.

Albert Street between Bayview Avenue and City Centre Avenue does not currently have on-road cycling facilities.  Cyclists use a continuation of the previously mentioned MUP that shifts away from the road corridor to pass around the north side of Bayview Station. 

Study area map

Key plan showing the limits of this study

Functional plan

As a heavily used cross-town bikeway route, the ultimate configuration of cycling facilities along Scott and Albert Streets will be separated unidirectional cycle tracks with separate sidewalks.  This project represents the first phase of the evolution, which will continue as future infrastructure and re-development projects occur along this corridor.

Goals of this project:

  • To provide cyclists with a unidirectional cycling facility on each side of the road’s right-of-way over the full length of the corridor
  • To provide better buffering between cyclists/pedestrians and vehicle traffic along the eastbound direction, and to improve turning sight-lines between drivers and eastbound cyclists. 
  • To reduce conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians on the existing MUP.

Addition of bike lanes to the Albert Street bridge and its approaches will provide a continuous east-west facility.  Space for the lanes will be gained when the bus-detour arrangement (1 general-use lane/1 bus-only lane per direction) is replaced with three general-use lanes (2 westbound, 1 eastbound).   

The three-lane operation is being extended to the west of Bayview Avenue to provide space for extra separation (buffer from motor vehicles) for the eastbound bike lane.  Westbound cyclists will use the adjacent multi-use pathway in the Scott corridor, during the early part of the evolution.  The MUP will still be shared with pedestrians but, over the long term, separation between cyclists and pedestrians will be increased.

Increasing the buffer space for eastbound cyclists also shifts the moving traffic further from the neighbouring homes to the south than today.

The three-lane operation of Scott Street between Smirle Avenue and Bayview Road may be revisited in the future, pending re-development plans along the corridor which may require reinstatement of the second eastbound general-use lane.

The plan is to change operation of the multi-use pathway on the north side of Scott, in order to reduce the opportunity for conflicts with pedestrians.  Cycling is proposed to be westbound only on the multi-use pathway.  The eastbound cyclists will be directed to the improved eastbound bike lane.

Single-direction cycling operation is the default standard mode being adopted by the City for separated cycling facilities.  This ensures predictable operations, particularly at signalized intersections.  It also is necessary for the evolution as the intersections along the corridor will be converted to the so-called “protected intersection” design.

The proposed cycling facilities are as follows:

On the south side of Scott Street

  • From Smirle Avenue to the approach to the Holland intersection: eastbound bike lane with painted buffer and seasonal flex posts.
  • On both sides of the Holland intersection and extending to east of the bus stop at Holland: eastbound raised cycle track as part of a protected intersection
  • From east of the bus stop at Holland Avenue to Bayview Road: an eastbound bike lane separated from the nearest motor vehicle lane.  Separation proposed is an enhanced painted buffer space containing either a line of precast curbs or parking bays.

On the north side of Scott Street

  • From Bayview Avenue to the approach to the Holland intersection: westbound-only operation on the multi-use pathway (MUP)
  • A mixed crossride at the Hinchey intersection to permit riding across for the westbound cyclists on the MUP
  • On both sides of the Holland intersection and extending to the location of bike racks for Tunney’s Pasture Station: westbound raised cycle track as part of a protected intersection
  • From the bike racks to Goldenrod Driveway: bidirectional multi-use pathway.

Furthermore, the Scott/Holland intersection will be made into a protected intersection with separate crossings and signals for cyclists and pedestrians.

On Albert Street (both sides)

  • Between Bayview Avenue and the east end of the bridge over the Trillium Line: bike lane.
  • Between the east end of the bridge over the Trillium Line to City Centre Avenue: raised cycle tracks.
  • A crossing of Albert Street at Bayview Station
    (Details of the crossing are subject to the pending development on Albert Street, opposite to Bayview Station.)

Complete the feedback questionnaire or email your questions/comments by Monday December 18, 2017, to:

Paul Clarke, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Transportation Services Department
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 29882
Email: paul.clarke2@ottawa.ca