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
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.
In the proposed 2019 Ottawa City
Budget, Innes Ward will see overdue funding increases for key road and transit
infrastructure pieces that, amongst other things, put a focus on:
Improving area transportation
Renewal and recreational pathway connections to improve mobility and connect our neighbourhoods
The construction of new parks and renewal of older parks in established neighbourhoods
The draft budget caps the overall
residential property-tax increase at three per cent. The proposed increase,
including the transit levy, amounts to $113 for an average urban home, which
works out to less than $10 per month.
The City’s draft 2019 budget
$15 million to create more affordable and supportive housing, the largest investment in housing in Ottawa’s history. This investment is in addition to the $111 million the City currently provides toward housing and homelessness, such as social housing, housing subsidies, support services and homelessness initiatives. This housing funding would allow the City to start construction on about 125 new affordable units in 2019, with a focus on building near transit and light-rail stations.
The proposed budget would increase spending on infrastructure, including roads, sidewalks, buildings and bridges, by eight per cent, or $9.8 million. With this base funding increase, our investment would climb from $118.7 million to $128.5 million. This would close the infrastructure gap Ottawa has been facing within the next five years, twice as fast as previously planned. Eighty percent of the planned 2019 capital budget is for infrastructure renewal.
The proposed budget includes $7.8 million for OC Transpo to buy additional buses. It also commits $3.4 million in 2019, and $5.1 million on an annual basis thereafter, to expand transit service. The budget proposes $55.2 million to replace 79 old buses and $22.4 million to refurbish buses.
$5.7 million to support resident care and quality of life in the City’s long-term care homes, including the hiring of 46 additional staff.
$38.6 million to renew and maintain our buildings, parks, swimming pools, splash pads, fitness spaces and outdoor courts.
$1.49 million annually to plant 500,000 trees through this Term of Council and regenerate Ottawa’s forest cover across rural, suburban and urban communities
Funding for 14 new paramedics, with associated equipment, to improve response times across the city.
Innes Ward investments in the 2019
draft budget include:
Improving our transportation and
$1.7 million to conduct an environmental assessment to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard and the Cumberland Transitway to the west, and for transit-priority measures along Blair Road from Innes Road to Blair Light Rail Transit Station
$8.5 million to resurface roads, including:
Anderson Road from Renaud Road to Russell Road
St. Joseph Boulevard from ramp 54 of Ottawa Regional Road 174 to Youville Drive
St. Joseph Boulevard from 100 metres east of Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard to Prestone Drive
Resurfacing St. Joseph Boulevard from eastbound off-ramp 54 from Ottawa Regional Road 174 to Youville Drive
Pagé Road from Montpelier Place to Innes Road
Eastpark Drive in Blackburn Hamlet
Designing and implementing traffic-management measures along Belcourt Boulevard and Renaud Road
$364,000 to renew the sidewalk along St. Joseph Boulevard from 100 metres east of Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard to Prestone Drive
$234,000 to renew the south sidewalk along St. Joseph Boulevard between Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard and St-Jean Street
$85,000 to renew the south sidewalk along St. Joseph Boulevard from 80 metres west of Napoléon Way to Duford Drive
Designing a connection between the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail and Innes Road and Stonehenge Crescent
$50,000 to replace hydro poles
$29,000 to repair streetlight cable faults
$5,000 to replace streetlight poles at 2954 St. Joseph Boulevard
$8.3 million to improve intersection control measures, including at Mer Bleue Road and Décoeur Drive
$8.5 million to construct the Chapel Hill Park and Ride
Rehabilitating the Delorme Sewage Pumping Station
Improving our greenspaces and
$2 million for upgrades at the Blackburn Arena
$1.3 million to replace:
Training centre roof at Fire Station 54
Roofing system and fire alarm panel at Ottawa Public Library – Orléans Branch
New play structures and equipment at Ruisseau Park
$1.2 million to build the new Trailsedge East Park
$1.1 million to build the Spring Valley Trails Community Park
$529,000 for a new gym at Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans
$407,486 to build the new Orléans Village Park (Caivan)
$7,500 for soccer field fencing at Carriere Park
$2,000 for a bulletin board at Patrick Dugas Park
$321,000 for a playground and shade shelter at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park
$169,000 to renew the playground at Champagne Park
$126,000 for a baseball scoreboard and batting cage at Heritage Park
$4,000 for bulletin boards at Blue Willow Park and Silverbirch Park
I want to thank everyone who shared their suggestions and priorities for the budget with me. Whether it was during the two Innes Ward budget consultations held last month, or directly with my office, the feedback received was instrumental in identifying the community’s priorities. I would encourage you to read over the draft budget information above or the more in-depth version at ottawa.ca and provide any comments or feedback to me at Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca.
As always, you can also attend any
committee or board meetings to share your thoughts about the budget. The list
of committee dates can be found on Ottawa.ca.
The budget goes to Council for
approval on March 6, 2019. I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the
I want to provide you with an update on the Brian Coburn Boulevard/Cumberland Transitway Environmental Assessment Study:
In early December, the National Capital Commission (NCC) granted the City access to their lands to drill bore holes. That work began this month, and will continue until February.
The study area has been expanded to include the widening of Blair Road to allow for transit priority from the East to the Blair Light Rail Transit Station. I can confirm that the expanded scope will not delay progress on the overall Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension.
The study team is conducting a high-level evaluation and screening of the seven options, as presented in previous community consultations, with the intent of short-listing it down to four options. I have made it clear to city staff that the option proposed by the community is my preferred option.
Once the four options are identified, City staff will present them to the NCC’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty, the date of which has yet to be set. Although the meeting is closed to the public, I have informed the NCC that I will be in attendance to speak on behalf of the project.
The City will hold a public open house in the spring to provide information about the shortlisted options, as well as plans for transit priority along the extension. I will share more information about this open house as soon as it becomes available.
An additional public open house is planned for fall 2019. The recommended option based on the studies, staff expertise, the NCC’s feedback, and public consultation will be brought to Transportation Committee, of which I am a member, in early 2020.
The study also identified that the land at the corner of Brian Coburn Boulevard and Navan Road (2983 – 3053 Navan Road) may need to be acquired by the city to accommodate the road extension.
As many of you know, this land is being considered for a commercial development. City staff are recommending that a holding provision be placed on that development for a short period of time to allow the city to conduct an Environmental Assessment, which will determine if any portion of that land is required for the Brain Coburn Boulevard Extension. I would be remiss to not postpone the commercial development, knowing that it would delay the Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension and cost taxpayers significantly more to acquire the land once it has been developed.
I will continue to provide updates on this, and other projects throughout the Ward and the east end, as they become available. If you have questions, email me at Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca.