Everything Innes Ward residents need to know to be ready for Light Rail Transit on Day 1.
Councillor Laura Dudas invites you to attend an information session with OC Transpo to prepare transit users, and potential transit users, for Day 1 of the train.
Date: April 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 boul.
This east-end focused session will provide information about
Blair Station bus-to-train logistics, a new route serving our community, trip
planning and updates to existing bus routes, multi-modal commuting, and much
As Ottawa continues to grow, and residential growth in the east end continues to expand, we are increasingly seeing quiet residential streets turning into arterial main streets, bustling with traffic. Renaud Road is a prime example of a road whose original purpose has changed significantly as our community has expanded.
That is why, as a city, we must ensure that we are regularly revisiting infrastructure planning, and ensuring that things like roadways are keeping pace with growth and remain safe for residents. As Ottawa adds new communities to the city, it’s important that once country roads, are not becoming major thoroughfares without the appropriate upgrades to go along with it.
As part of ensuring Renaud Road continues to evolve to meet our community’s traffic and safety needs, in the coming months there will be several road safety and management measures installed.
Renaud Road, from Mer Bleue Road to Navan Road
Two speed humps (3 m wide and 80 mm high) will be installed between Penency Terrace and Glenlivet Ave. by the Richcraft/Minto/Ashcroft development partnership as part of an agreement with the City of Ottawa. This work is anticipated for August 2019 and the locations were selected based on consultation with the community.
Sidewalks and street lighting are planned (between Fern Casey St. and Ascender St.) as part of the Richcraft Phase 1 Development. The tentative timeline for this work is fall 2019.
This spring/summer the following measures will be implemented:
School Thermoplastic (two school zone signs embedded in the pavement, one eastbound and one westbound)
40 km/h gateway signs will be installed this spring, covering an area that includes Page Rd. (north of Navan Rd. and south of Brian Coburn Blvd.), Contour St, Morningstar Way, Langelier Ave, Trailsedge Way, Tulip Tree Way, de la Melodie St., Penency Terr and Butterfly Walk.
There will continue to be a speed board, located east of the intersection of Renaud Rd. and Compass St., a “Slow Down for Us” sign facing westbound (west of Pin Cherry Grove), and community entrance sign facing westbound (intersection of Renaud Road and White Street).
Renaud Road, from Navan Road to Bradley Ridge Park
An Area Traffic Management Study is underway with the intent of bringing recommends to the public for input in spring 2019. This study considers permanent road safety and traffic management measures.
Once the final plan has been approved, it can take up to two years to receive funding and be added to the city’s workplan. As Councillor, I will work to hasten the process and ensure the funding is allocated.
40 km/h gateway signs will be installed this spring for an area covering Percifor Way, Whispering Winds, Hillpark High St, Ziegler St, June Crt, Leita Place, Travis St and Jolley Cut Way.
Flex stakes between Saddleridge Dr. and Joshua St. will be returned to their previous locations this spring. The two speed boards along this stretch of road will remain in place.
As a result of today’s Council vote in support of extending light rail transit to the east, the south and the west ends of the city, my east end Council colleagues and I have directed city staff to expand the scope of the Place d’Orléans Secondary Plan to include the entire Stage 2 LRT eastern corridor (from Jeanne d’Arc station to Trim station) in one coordinated plan.
What this means for Innes Ward is that lands around the LRT stations, and within a specified radius that will include St. Joseph Boulevard, will be examined for how to support stronger mixed use in the area. This would include a focus on economic growth, as well as things such as affordable housing opportunities and green spaces. This development would then be done in tandem with the construction of LRT in the east (starting in 2019).
I will continue to work closely with Councillors Matt Luloff and Stephen Blais to press for action for Ottawa’s east end.
With the recent announcement that the LRT Stage 1 handover to the city has been delayed again, it has raised the question of whether the city should be moving ahead with Stage 2.
The Stage 2 extension directly impacts the east end more than any other part of Ottawa. Stage 2 opens us up to the rest of the city; allowing us to realize the economic, transportation, and smart planning benefits that we have all been anticipating since the city first decided to build light rail.
If we delay, it is clear that the costs of the project will increase, substantially. The time it will take to get shovels in the ground will be significantly extended, meaning Blair Station will be the sole entry point to the LRT system for the entire east end of Ottawa; and the city will be required to pay additional costs for not pursuing the contract.
Let me be clear; what has happened with Stage 1 is unacceptable. The contract for the first stage of this project did not include a realistic timeline, did not provide the necessary accountability and reporting mechanisms, and penalties were not consistently enforced.
The Stage 2 contract already corrects many of these known issues by including tougher penalties, realistic timelines, and stricter reporting mechanisms.
As the public and council learns more about the failings of the Stage 1 contract, those lessons learned will guide our expectations for transparency and accountability as we embark on this next step in completing our city’s transit system.
For Innes Ward and Ottawa’s east end, Stage 2 will see the delivery of four new stations, including on the Montreal Road/174 overpass, Jeanne d’Arc Orléans, Place d’ Orléans and Trim Road.
Stage 1 is only a small part of the transit system; it was our down payment on a fulsome, reliable rail system that positions the east end as a new economic hub, increases property values, improves our commute, and connects us with the rest of the city, including the airport, the south end, and the west end.
The price of that connection is expensive, but the status quo of increasing vehicular traffic on our east end highways, arterial roads, and residential streets is not sustainable.
Stage 2 is an investment in our city’s prosperity and our sustainable future. Delaying Stage 2, and potentially adding a minimum of tens of millions of dollars to a project that provides us with a fully functioning, complete transit system, accomplishes nothing.
On Thursday, February 28, I hosted a public meeting to update residents living near and on Forest Valley Drive on potential short and long-term traffic measures. City staff were in attendance at the meeting, and provided the following presentation. If you would like to contact me regarding this project or receive other updates, please send an email to Laura.Dudas@Ottawa.ca.
I am delivering this letter to
keep you apprised of the status of the Chapel Hill Park & Ride, located at the northeast corner of Navan Road
and Brian Coburn Boulevard, and to offer my assistance if any further
information is required.
& Ride will consist of:
262 parking spaces for vehicles, including an electrical vehicle charging station;
a transit station equipped with bus shelters, bike racks and bike shelter, benches, emergency phones, CCTV cameras;
signalized vehicular access to both Navan Road and Brian Coburn Blvd; and,
pedestrian and cycling facilities to connect the Park & Ride east to Pagé Road, and north along Navan Road connecting to Blue Willow Crescent.
The City is also adding:
bio-retention facilities that will collect the stormwater from this site and treat it prior to discharge to Mudd Creek; and,
The Chapel Hill Park & Ride’s landscaping will include the planting of more than 600 shrubs of various types, as well as Red Oak and Morgan Red Maple trees where suitable.
The City anticipates that the Park & Ride construction will be
complete by November 2019.