Introduction - The Grey Nuns Drive localized Area Traffic Management Study was initiated by the City in July 2015 to address community concerns related to traffic as reported by local residents.
Concerns - Residents identified a number of concerns along Grey Nuns Drive:
- High vehicular volumes
- Motorists speeding
- Poor stop sign compliance
- Motorist using Grey Nuns Drive as a through route between Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard and St-Laurent Boulevard
Study Process – A study was undertaken using the process outlined in the City’s Area Traffic Management Guidelines (2004). This involved numerous activities including data collection, public consultation, development and evaluation of alternative solutions, and the selection of a preferred solution.
Methodology – The intent of following the process in the Area Traffic Management Guidelines was to ensure solutions to address or mitigate concerns were developed through fostering community consensus and technical input. This included examining solution alternatives in an incremental manner. Ultimately, a set of feasible solutions were presented to the public for comment with the intent of selecting a draft preferred solution. Refinements were made to the draft preferred solution to address follow-up commentary – the refined plan forms the Recommended Plan.
Two Public Open House meetings were hosted (October 7th, 2015 and February 3rd, 2016) at Convent Glen Elementary School to present and gather input regarding the study. Advertising for both Public Open House meetings was done via a notice posted in the Ottawa South EMC Community Newspaper and the LeDroit Newspaper (on October 2nd ,2015 for the first meeting and on January 28th, 2016 for the second meeting), Notification Letter (door-to-door deliveries), and on the City’s website.
Results of consultation
- 37 individuals attended Public Open House 1 - 29 individuals submitted written comments.
- 23 individuals attended Public Open House 2 - 19 individuals submitted written comments.
- The Recommended Plan was formed based on input from Public and City Staff.
Summary of recommended plan measures
Centre Island Median
- Install a centre island median on Harvest Crescent at the south intersection with Grey Nuns Drive.
- Install a mid-block narrowing on Grey Nuns Drive between the two schools, at the crossing of the park multi-use pathway. The narrowing will be approximately 1.7m wide in order to narrow the road to approximately 7.0m wide.
- Install a raised crosswalk on Grey Nuns Drive at the same location as the previously mentioned mid-block narrowing. The raised crosswalk has the same profile as a speed table.
Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) and Signage Improvements
- Install a PXO Type-D on Grey Nuns Drive in combination with the afore-mentioned mid-block narrowing and raised crosswalk.
- Install Ra-4R and Ra-4L “Pedestrian Crossover” and Wb-X “Pedestrian Crossover Ahead” signs in accordance with PXO Type-D standards.
- Due to the installation of the mid-block narrowing, parking will need to be prohibited within approximately 25m of the pedestrian crossover.
Install Lighting at Pedestrian Crossover
- Additional lighting may need to be installed to meet current lighting standards. The requirement for additional lighting will confirmed at detailed design stage.
- The bus stop on the west side of Grey Nuns Drive near the new PXO location will need to be relocated further south. An additional length of asphalt pathway is proposed to connect the relocated bus stop to the proposed pedestrian crossover.
Modification outcome and benefits
Pedestrians should benefit from reduced motorist speeds, increased motorist awareness of pedestrians, and a reduced crossing distance at the pedestrian crossover. The new pedestrian crossover will give pedestrians right of way over motorists at this location. Pedestrians should benefit from a reduced crossing wait time at this location.
Cyclists should benefit from the anticipated reduction in speeds. The mid-block narrowing may reduce the comfort of some cyclists, but the accompanying raised crosswalk and PXO should ensure that vehicle speeds are low near the narrowing. The pedestrian crossover should provide a safe crossing for cyclists travelling through the park, though they will be legally required to dismount to use the PXO.
Improved motorist behaviour will be encouraged through the combination of the centre island median, raised crosswalk, pedestrian crossover and improved signage increasing awareness of pedestrians. Cut through traffic may be reduced.
- Adjacent Land Use
Adjacent properties should benefit from reduced vehicle speeds and improved motorist behaviour.
Projected start and completion date
All area traffic management measures, once approved, are prioritized for potential implementation utilizing a process described in the City’s Area Traffic Management Guidelines. Recommended measures from the study will be implemented either at the time of future roadway rehabilitation or when funding for implementation becomes available and these measures rank as an overall priority within the Area Traffic Management program.