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Old Posted Mar 15, 2014, 6:42 PM
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http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/planni...ns-and-stu-309

Jockvale is the street coming in at the top left from the top. With a small change they could have made it rejoin Jockvale coming across the bridge at the lower right.
I agree with you here. Hopefully when the South Nepean Town Centre is developed they will come to their senses on this one.
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Proposed Roadway Modifications

Pursuant to By-law No. 2006–483, the City of Ottawa is providing notice to the public of its intention to approve road modifications at the following locations in accordance with the authority under By-law No. 2011-28:

Crestway Drive and Strandherd Drive

• New access on Crestway Drive
• New cycle track on Crestway Drive
• New southbound left-turn lane on Crestway Drive at site access


Hunt Club Road, between the Airport Parkway and Bank St.:

• New eastbound and westbound reserved lanes for bicycles
• New westbound bus lane from Bank St. to the Transitway
• New eastbound bus lane from the Airport Pkwy. to Mac St., and new mixed traffic lane from Mac St. to Bank St.
• Removal of a bus bay eastbound, east of Bank St.
• Extensions of existing left turn lanes

Bridle Path Drive/Dazé St. at the intersection of Hunt Club Road:

• Addition of a new left turn lane for mixed traffic and a new left turn lane for buses and bicycles in the northbound direction
• New northbound cycling lane
• Revised right-turn channels to improve safety

For more information, please see:
http://ottawa.ca/en/hunt-club-rd-and...h-improvements
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2014, 12:21 AM
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Not sure if it has been discussed here yet but the Open House for the new Hospital Link road is this Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vincent Massey Public School (small gym), 745 Smyth Rd.

I hadn't heard of this Hospital Link yet. Seems logical as it will significantly decrease the travel time to the hospital. Involves a slight realignment of Riverside Drive and the VIA tracks. New road connecting Riverside Drive and the Hospital Ring Road. With this link does it mean that the planned future connector route from Smyth to Alta Vista or Riverside is off the table?

more info here: http://capitalward.ca/images/documen...pital-Link.pdf

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Old Posted Mar 25, 2014, 12:37 AM
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It is just the link for now.

But the whole Altovista corridor makes a lot of sense. In fact the most important section is probably the section from Nicholas Street all the way through to smyth. This will take a lot of pressure off the Queensway between Nicholas Street and Riverside. It will also add another crossing over the Rideau River which is badly needed.

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Not sure if it has been discussed here yet but the Open House for the new Hospital Link road is this Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vincent Massey Public School (small gym), 745 Smyth Rd.

I hadn't heard of this Hospital Link yet. Seems logical as it will significantly decrease the travel time to the hospital. Involves a slight realignment of Riverside Drive and the VIA tracks. New road connecting Riverside Drive and the Hospital Ring Road. With this link does it mean that the planned future connector route from Smyth to Alta Vista or Riverside is off the table?

more info here: http://capitalward.ca/images/documen...pital-Link.pdf

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Old Posted Mar 25, 2014, 12:40 AM
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That hospital link was always supposed to be built. Hell, the Alta Vista freeway (?) was supposed to go there - that's why there's a road allowance!

That said, this is a very contentious issue. You can't just scrap a road and keep a right-of-way green for 40-50 years - as we know, that delay makes the road allowance a national park in resident's minds!
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2014, 1:24 AM
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Not sure if it has been discussed here yet but the Open House for the new Hospital Link road is this Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vincent Massey Public School (small gym), 745 Smyth Rd.

I hadn't heard of this Hospital Link yet. Seems logical as it will significantly decrease the travel time to the hospital. Involves a slight realignment of Riverside Drive and the VIA tracks. New road connecting Riverside Drive and the Hospital Ring Road. With this link does it mean that the planned future connector route from Smyth to Alta Vista or Riverside is off the table?

more info here: http://capitalward.ca/images/documen...pital-Link.pdf

Calling it the "Hospital Link" is an insult to our intelligence. It's not like the hospital has a pressing need for a 2nd connection to Riverside. We all know it's part of the Alta Vista parkway but the city isn't being upfront about it. The segment between Riverside & Nicholas is in the Lee's & Hurdman TOD renderings.
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2014, 1:55 AM
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Not sure if it has been discussed here yet but the Open House for the new Hospital Link road is this Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vincent Massey Public School (small gym), 745 Smyth Rd.
Interesting that this is finally moving ahead, 3 years after being budgeted.

One thing I'm curious is how OC Transpo will use this. There will be direct ramps between the Transitway and the hospital, making it much quicker for route 106, but moving the 106 to this new road will remove service from a section of Smyth.

Perhaps they will re-extend the #16 to the hospital to pick up the slack, like this:



I would think that with the travel time savings on route 106, that this would be fairly cost-neutral.
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2014, 2:43 PM
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I've always thought Nicholas should be extended to cross Lees and Rideau River to Hurdman and further down to connect on Riverside & Smyth. I like in that area right there and it is such a hassle to drive from my place on Riverside east until I hit the 417 then west on 417 to go to Nicholas, such a waste of time AND as mentioned that stretch of 417 (from Nicholas to Riverside - and even to St-Laurent - is often time bumper to bumper).

With this new road, does it give way to some development in the area? Could they develop and build thing between Riverside Dr. and that Hospital Road for example?
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2014, 4:14 PM
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You are, I think, right to question the need for direct Transitway access onto this new ‘Hospital Link’(which is, in reality, just the first segment of the Alta Vista Parkway, which will connect Conroy to Nicholas). In the ‘discussion’ leading up to the 2011-Sep-04 ‘Route Optimization’, OC Transpo argued that the buses were not needed around the Hospital Complex’s ring-road because it was not a lager ridership generator (which should have been obvious from the amount of real estate dedicated to parking). It was only after much bickering that the bus # 106 was looped around on the ring-road instead of simply racing along Smyth.

Prior to that, there was a plan to have a dedicated bus route along a southern line to the east. Buses were to leave Hurdman along the SE Transitway and turn onto a bus route north of the Hospital Complex, between the Perley and Rideau Vet’s Centre and the homes to the north, and then follow Innes Rd. east. That was the ‘plan’ until the OMB forced the City to look at the routing and decide if that ‘Transportation Corridor’ between the Perley-Rideau and the homes was necessary or whether it would remain a ‘park’. (Like many of the transportation corridors in the City, it had been ‘temporarily’ landscaped to resemble a park.) The evaluation by the City showed that there was little need to run dedicated bus lanes through the hospital area and that the buses would be better used running closer to the Train Yards retail area; thus the transportation link between the hospital and Industrial/Innes was removed. Therefore, any buses going into the Hospital Complex via the new ‘Link’ will need to come back out onto Smyth to go anywhere else.

So, why does OC Transpo need new, direct access into the Hospital Complex? Because City Council said that they do.

When public opposition was raised about this segment of the Alta Vista Parkway being built, Council’s way of making it palatable was to declare that it was a necessary transit link so it must have dedicated bus lanes. It would still be constructed as a 4-lane road but the capacity would be cut in half for regular traffic with the outside lanes designated for ‘Bus Only’. This ‘compromise’ allowed the neighbours to be told that they were only getting a 2-lane road and better bus service; but it allowed the City to still build four lanes.

City staff took the instructions to have dedicated bus lanes and did their analysis; finding that there really was no need to have dedicated bus lanes for the few buses that would be run. For the 2-lane road idea from Council, staff came up with the idea that they would build only the southern/western two lanes of the road and use them for all traffic (including buses), one direction per lane. That way Staff has taken Council’s guidance that they only build a 2-lane road (now); however, the future two northern/eastern lanes could be easily added ‘when needed’ and all four lanes would be for general traffic. (The underpass of the VIA track is being built for all four lanes from the start.)

As for the bus routing; yes, OC Transpo will need to run a bus along this new roadway, but it means that a section of Smyth will be left without close transit service (ignoring the couple of # 16 trips per day). The # 8 bus already provides service along Alta Vista Dr., so those folks are not gaining much, but the people near the western portion of Smyth who use the # 106 to get to the Elmvale Acres Mall will suffer. I expect that in a few years, OC Transpo will move the # 106, or equivalent, back onto Smyth since that is where the riders come from. (The very infrequent # 149 is not a real substitute for the # 106.) This will leave the ‘Hospital Link’ for cars and demands to extend it.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2014, 2:52 AM
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greenbank south and SW transitway extension open house boards March 2014
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The first big beam of the new Lee's Bridge arrived at the site, I just drove by it. They are gearing up for the rapid replacement.
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The first big beam of the new Lee's Bridge arrived at the site, I just drove by it. They are gearing up for the rapid replacement.
I'm really going to miss the wonderful surface quality of the road on Lees when travelling over the 417
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2014, 1:18 AM
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Citizen article on construction gong show
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ot...743/story.html

(sorry, I can't seem to copy/paste the text)

and the graphic for those who don't want to burn a free article
http://postmediaottawacitizen.files....adwork_web.jpg
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2014, 1:59 AM
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BY MATTHEW PEARSON, OTTAWA CITIZEN APRIL 28, 2014
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has faced a bumpy ride in the House of Commons lately, but it’s nothing compared to his morning commute.

That’s because ceremonial Sussex Drive is currently in the midst of a massive, $40-million road reconstruction project that stretches from St. Patrick Street to King Edward Avenue.

The famed street that houses the National Gallery of Canada, numerous embassies and Harper’s official residence is a mess of orange and black traffic pylons, heavy-duty construction machinery and mountains of gravel.

To see a graphic of the summer road work, CLICK HERE.

Less-than-plucky cyclists and pedestrians may want to avoid the area altogether, while drivers can expect delays.

A mid-day drive through the entire 1.1-kilometre construction zone took about four minutes on Monday, but it’s probably safe to double or even triple that time at rush hour, particularly because some east-end commuters might be choosing to use Sussex and the Rockcliffe Parkway as an alternate to avoid back-ups on Highway 417.

Traffic on Sussex is reduced to two lanes — one in each direction — as city crews replace watermains and sewers and, later, resurface the street.

The bulk of the work is expected to be done by December, but some of the finishing touches — such as new planters, sidewalks, bike lanes, trees and other street furnishings — might not wrapped up until next year.

Work is also being done on the Sussex Drive bridge, which spans the approach to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge (just west of the Lester B. Pearson Building).

The city says that work should be done by Halloween and will see both the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge and King Edward Avenue reduced to two lanes in each direction between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and reduced to one lane in each direction between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Public access off Sussex to both the National Gallery and adjacent Royal Canadian Mint remains open.

The underground sewer work along Sussex will see the separation of rain water from sewer pipes, which is needed to prevent raw sewage from flowing into the Ottawa River, as outlined in the Ottawa River Action Plan.

The project hasn’t generated many complaints, Fleury said, but some concerns have been raised about where taxis can pick up or drop off passengers on Sussex.

“We’re hearing that construction in general is an issue, but that’s kind of the struggle of it,” Fleury said, adding a weekly email is sent to area stakeholders to keep them abreast of the construction plans and progress.

The road work is part of an ambitious summer construction schedule that’s starting to kick into high gear.

The city plans to spend more than half a billion dollars on infrastructure renewal at 375 sites, including $51 million on road resurfacing.

Key resurfacing projects in other parts of Ottawa include: a five-kilometre stretch of Baseline Road between Woodroffe Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive; parts of Leitrim Road, St. Patrick and Slater streets; and St. Laurent Boulevard.

Hwy. 417 will be reduced to two lanes for six weekends, between Nicholas and the split, starting in the middle of May. The lane reductions will also be in place overnight on weekday.

Stittsville residents who use the Carp Road overpass might also feel some pain: it will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic flows between now and November.

Meanwhile, major projects such as work on the Confederation Line, new park-and-ride locations and the O-Train expansion will continue.

Construction on the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge is to be completed by the end of summer, while work on a pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Rideau River, linking Somerset and Donald streets, will begin. Construction has also resumed at the site of the long-delayed Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge.

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Citizen article on construction gong show
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ot...743/story.html

(sorry, I can't seem to copy/paste the text)

and the graphic for those who don't want to burn a free article
http://postmediaottawacitizen.files....adwork_web.jpg
Thanks for the link! I had seen the graphic on this forum a while ago, but couldn't find the article that came with it.
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Road widening studies

http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgvi...doctype=AGENDA

CAMBRIAN ROAD WIDENING (RE-ALIGNED GREENBANK ROAD TO JOCKVALE ROAD) ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY – RECOMMENDATIONS

REALIGNED GREENBANK ROAD AND SOUTHWEST TRANSITWAY EXTENSION (CAMBRIAN ROAD TO BARNSDALE ROAD) ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY - RECOMMENDATIONS

AIRPORT PARKWAY WIDENING (BROOKFIELD AVENUE TO OTTAWA MACDONALD-CARTIER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) AND LESTER ROAD WIDENING (AIRPORT PARKWAY TO BANK STREET) ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY – STATEMENT OF WORK

And a road diet

FUNDING FOR A ST. LAURENT BOULEVARD NORTH ROAD DIET FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT
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moved the Barrhaven rail crossings issues to a new thread http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=211150
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Regarding the Airport Parkway and Lester Road, that is a real challenge. The big problem, IMO, is solving the upstream issue. Bronson Avenue cannot be widened, and a narrowing would be desirable (but impossible in the current situation). That means the solution is separating the Airport Parkway from Bronson Avenue. My recommendation:

* Reconstruct Booth Street and Rochester Street as a one-way couplet, with 2 lanes on each north of Raymond and 4 lanes on each south. As a business area, the residential impact would be lower.

* To prevent cut-through traffic in residential areas, Booth Street would be discontinuous to all traffic except for cyclists and pedestrians at Albert Street (access closed off).

* Remove the 417 ramps at Bronson and shift them to Booth and Rochester, using Orangeville Street and Raymond Street as accesses.

* South of Carling Avenue, a vehicular tunnel with 6 lanes (3 in each bore) beneath Dow's Lake would connect Booth/Rochester to the Airport Parkway (now Bronson Avenue) north of Sunnyside Avenue. Trucks would be prohibited, as they are now on the Airport Parkway.

* An interchange (most likely a diamond or SPUI) would be built at Sunnyside Avenue, and the pedestrian crossing to the south would become an overpass. In general, the design would be a wide urban boulevard from the 417 to Carling and a freeway south of Carling.

* Once that is done, then twin the Airport Parkway.

* Concurrently, Bronson Avenue north of the Rideau Canal should be reduced to 2 travel lanes + parking, and the speed limit reduced to 40 km/h. The access from Highway 417 would be removed as well.

* The Bronson Avenue Bridge would narrow from 6 to 2 lanes, using the other space as plazas and a gateway to Carleton University. Bronson would go straight into the campus directly. Access to Colonel By Drive would be from a new connector road with an at-grade intersection or roundabout (replacing the current ramps).
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So, you want to resurrect the Champlain expressway in a different location?

While I like your concept, it presupposes a lot of extra funding. I would rather that we first spend money on a nicholas street to MacDonald Cartier tunnel or a nicholas street to riverside bridge or tunnel. By the way, the latter option could allow airport pkwy to be re routed up riverside to nicholas.


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Regarding the Airport Parkway and Lester Road, that is a real challenge. The big problem, IMO, is solving the upstream issue. Bronson Avenue cannot be widened, and a narrowing would be desirable (but impossible in the current situation). That means the solution is separating the Airport Parkway from Bronson Avenue. My recommendation:

* Reconstruct Booth Street and Rochester Street as a one-way couplet, with 2 lanes on each north of Raymond and 4 lanes on each south. As a business area, the residential impact would be lower.

* To prevent cut-through traffic in residential areas, Booth Street would be discontinuous to all traffic except for cyclists and pedestrians at Albert Street (access closed off).

* Remove the 417 ramps at Bronson and shift them to Booth and Rochester, using Orangeville Street and Raymond Street as accesses.

* South of Carling Avenue, a vehicular tunnel with 6 lanes (3 in each bore) beneath Dow's Lake would connect Booth/Rochester to the Airport Parkway (now Bronson Avenue) north of Sunnyside Avenue. Trucks would be prohibited, as they are now on the Airport Parkway.

* An interchange (most likely a diamond or SPUI) would be built at Sunnyside Avenue, and the pedestrian crossing to the south would become an overpass. In general, the design would be a wide urban boulevard from the 417 to Carling and a freeway south of Carling.

* Once that is done, then twin the Airport Parkway.

* Concurrently, Bronson Avenue north of the Rideau Canal should be reduced to 2 travel lanes + parking, and the speed limit reduced to 40 km/h. The access from Highway 417 would be removed as well.

* The Bronson Avenue Bridge would narrow from 6 to 2 lanes, using the other space as plazas and a gateway to Carleton University. Bronson would go straight into the campus directly. Access to Colonel By Drive would be from a new connector road with an at-grade intersection or roundabout (replacing the current ramps).
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