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Regional Road Corridor Design Guidelines and Arterial Road Cross-Sections

Regional Road Corridor Design Guidelines [PDF 7.85 MB]

The City of Ottawa, in collaboration with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Go for Green, published design guidelines for arterial streetscapes. The document is entitled: Regional Road Corridor Design Guidelines. The guidelines focus on the function and design of arterial road corridors in the urban area. Their intent is to balance the need for an arterial corridor to function simultaneously as a public space, an access provider, a multi-modal route, and a service and utility route. The guidelines also reinforce a preference for walking, cycling and transit use.

The document is divided in four major chapters:

  1. First principles
  2. Design guidelines
  3. Demonstration plans and sections for various road corridor types
  4. Implementation tools.

With the input of a working group of key stakeholders and professionals, design guidelines were developed for various individual road corridor components. These include elements located on adjacent lands, the road edge, and the roadway, as well as intersections, driveways, pedestrian crossings and linear services. These components can then be assembled to form complete road cross-sections and plans. The process involves mixing and matching those component designs that best achieve the desired road character and corridor width.

The document is linked to the web page of its national partners - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Transportation Association of Canada and Go for Green. The document is also available for $15.00 by ordering through the City's online store or contacting Clients Services at 613-580-2400.

Regional Road Corridor Design Guidelines

Building Better and Smarter Suburbs (BBSS) and Infrastructure Standards Review: Arterial Road Cross-Sections

Following policy directions in the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs: Strategic Directions and Action Plan report, City staff set up a working group to review existing arterial road cross-sections that included representatives from multiple City Departments and the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association. The objective of the review was to recommend options to modify the design guidelines for future urban arterial roads in a way that is economical, practical, functional, and effective while corresponding with contemporary design best practices.

The recommended Arterial Road Cross-Sections were approved by Planning Committee on October 24, 2017 and by City Council on November 8, 2017.

The new cross-sections are supplemental to the Regional Road Corridor Design Guidelines (2000) by providing more up-to-date guidance on specific road design matters such as cycling facilities and medians. As a result, new urban arterial roads are expected to be safer, more land-efficient, and less expensive to build and maintain.

Approved Arterial Road Cross-Sections [ PDF 5.884 MB ]