Accessibility Infrastructure updates

Innes Ward is home to many senior residents who are choosing to remain in the community. Providing accessible infrastructure is a priority to ensure that seniors and residents with mobility restrictions continue to enjoy everything our community has to offer.

In our Ward, there are multiple projects underway, or just completed that will add to the accessibility of our beautiful neighbourhood.

A few examples include:

  • Benches located along multi-use pathways, sidewalks, nature trails, and connecting to the new Chapel Hill South Park and Ride
  • Tactile Walking Surface Indicators installed as part of road repaving projects across the Ward
  • Blackburn Arena expansion commencing in 2020 will ensure this important community hub meets accessibility needs
  • Signage advising motorists of areas where many older adults reside
  • Altered pedestrian crossing signals at Pagé Road and Innes Road to allow more time for seniors to cross the street safely

By 2031, seniors will make up 22 per cent of Ottawa’s population. It is important we continue to improve our city infrastructure to provide a safe, mobility-friendly community for Innes Ward residents of all ages.

Update on LRT Stage 2

Stage 2 preparatory work continues along the East Extension corridor, at Ottawa Road 174.

Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci has completed significant geotechnical investigations via borehole drilling. They continue to remove some trees and vegetation (only what is required for construction) on both the north and south sides of Highway 174. They have begun the slight relocation of highway ramps and lanes at the Montreal Road interchange, most of which will occur during overnight hours as not to impact vehicular traffic during peak hours.

These activities are all required to begin station and guideway construction next year.

All construction activities are listed at https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project/ongoing-work.

Update: Lépine Development – D02-02-19-0060

I wanted to provide you with an update on the rezoning and site plan application, D02-02-19-0060, commonly referred to as the Lépine development.

Through hundreds of emails and during my town hall in August, the community made absolutely clear that it is not supportive of this application. The City’s planner has since relayed these concerns to the developer. Following receipt of the comments, the applicant, Groupe Lépine has gone over the City and filed an appeal with Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, a provincial level tribunal that hears cases related to land-use matters across Ontario. Lépine’s claim to the tribunal is that the City failed to make a “timely” decision on the zoning amendment.

As this file is now with LPAT and the provincial government, the submission is no longer being processed by the City or its planners. For more information about LPAT and this file, please see https://www.omb.gov.on.ca/ecs/CaseDetail.aspx?n=PL190493.

I sincerely want to thank you for your involvement and passion on this application. I have made no secret of my lack of support for the development as it is currently presented, and I remain hopeful that LPAT will share my concerns about the current designs. I will continue to provide updates to the community as I receive them.

Chapel Hill Park & Ride Open This Sunday

Press Release October 26, 2019

The Chapel Hill Park & Ride, located at the northeast corner of Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard opens this weekend.

This important piece of transit infrastructure is long overdue, supports several bus routes, and lays the framework for future transit service improvements for Innes Ward and the east end.

“As the south west of Orléans has grown over the last decade, the supporting transit infrastructure has not kept pace,” said Innes Ward Councillor Laura Dudas. “This Park & Ride will connect hundreds of riders into the integrated transit system, and encourage more residents to get out of their cars.”

“This new Park & Ride in Chapel Hill will serve hundreds of existing and new transit users, who are helping us reduce congestion and air pollution,’’ said Mayor Jim Watson. “It greatly supports transit usage and LRT, and will help improve the commute of east-end residents for decades to come.”

This $8.5-million station features 263 no-charge parking spaces, accessible benches, tactile wayfinding strips, bus shelters, a bicycle shelter with racks, and a multi-use pathway. It is also equipped with emergency phones and CCTV cameras.

The station will also soon include public art, as well as charging units for electric vehicles.

This state-of-the-art Park & Ride incorporates modern environmental measures such as bio-retention basins that collect the stormwater from the site and treat it prior to discharge. Additionally, the station’s landscaping included the planting of more than 600 shrubs of various types, as well as native Red Oak and Morgan Red Maple trees.

This Park & Ride is an important first step towards a fully incorporated transit system for southern east-end residents. As the City moves forward with the Brian Coburn Extension and the supporting infrastructure, the Chapel Hill Park & Ride is an example of smart planning that works to integrate Ottawa communities with a sustainable and environmentally-conscious approach.

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Invitation: Chapel Hill Park and Ride Opening

Chapel Hill Park & Ride opens Sunday, October 27

The Chapel Hill Park & Ride, located at the northeast corner of Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard, officially opens on Sunday at 7 a.m.

This Transit Hub will initially be served by routes 34 and 225, but allows for expansion and lays the framework for future transit service improvements for Innes Ward and the east end riders.

I will be joined by Mayor Jim Watson for an official ribbon cutting on Saturday October 26th at 10:30 A.M. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Inquiry to Staff – OC Transpo Bus System Reliability

At the October 23rd, 2019 City Council meeting, I am bringing forward an inquiry to City Staff to look into the inadequacies of the OC Transpo bus system since the launch of LRT Stage 1; and to come up with specific solutions to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

The level of bus service from OC Transpo has been completely unacceptable with over-crowded stations, packed buses, cancelled buses, and missing scheduled stops. This inquiry to City Staff directs them to produce clear and concise solutions to improve the transit service levels throughout the City and bring the service up to a level that residents expect.

Ward Infrastructure Improvements

Projects in progress or complete

Multi-use pathways

  • Des Grives Crescent to Toulouse Crescent
  • Toulouse Crescent to Belval Crescent
  • Orleans Blvd to Kamouraska Circle
  • Gaultois Ave to Orleans Blvd

Repaving

  • Meadowglen Dr – Meadowhill Crescent East to Forest Valley Drive
  • St. Joseph resurfacing
  • Anderson Road (South of Renaud)
  • Beausejour resurfacing
  • Eastpark Drive

Infrastructure upgrades

  • Delorme pumping station
  • Chapel Hill Park and Ride

Park updates

  • Ruisseau Park – Renewal
  • Blackburn Hamlet Splash Pad – Ongoing
  • August Park – Opened September 26
  • Champagne Park – opened July 6
  • Spring Valley Trails Park – Ongoing
  • Bench on Carriere
  • Bench in Chapel Hill South – Brian Coburn Blvd & Page Rd

Stage 2 LRT update

Overall


Preparatory activities (borehole drilling, top soil stripping, site office mobilization, pre-construction surveys, tree clearing, etc.) are currently underway on each O-Train extension.

O-Train Trillium Line South Extension

  • Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF)
    – In coordination with OC Transpo Rail Operations, preparatory works such as surveying, clean up, trackwork and fencing are underway at the future site of the new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility.
    – Foundation excavation for the future Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) is currently underway.
  • Top soil removal is currently taking place between Uplands Drive and Airport Station along with culvert installation and embankment construction
  • Uplands Structures Yard set up is complete and being utilized to support ongoing construction activities.
  • 3200 metric tonnes of rail has arrived in the Port of Prescott. Rail will be delivered to Ottawa by truck this fall.
  • Caisson drilling is currently underway at Uplands Drive to support the construction of the future bridge structure.

O-Train Confederation Line East Extension

  • Tree clearing along Ottawa Road 174 between Blair and Green’s Creek is underway.
  • East site office and day-to-day yard set up (Montreal Road and OR 174)
    – Office trailer installation is nearly complete with utility connections underway.
    – This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities, targeting occupation in October.
  • Pre-construction surveys
    – East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. They will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to construction.

O-Train Confederation Line West Extension

  • Tree clearing will begin in October at several priority areas including Iris Station to Baseline Station, Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) area, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway area.
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (SJAM) Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works
    – Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue.
    – Off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue are anticipated in late October, although bidirectional traffic will be maintained at all times.
    – Gravel spreading, watering and compaction are currently underway
    – Crews have commenced asphalt spreading in areas where compaction has been completed.
  • West site office and day-to-day yard set up (Baseline Road and Navaho Drive)
    – Granular pad installation is complete and most of the office trailers have arrived on site.
    – This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities.
  • Building demolition is currently underway within the project limits:
    – On the east side of Connaught Avenue between Severn Avenue and Hanlon Avenue (three houses).
    – On Richmond Road, east of Cleary Avenue (one strip mall).
    – Crews have commenced preparatory activities such as tree removal, decommissioning utilities and site fencing.
  • Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations:
    – Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway nearby Churchill
    – Dominion Station
  • Borehole drilling is scheduled to occur at the following locations:
    – Lincoln Fields Tunnel Portal
    – Pinecrest Creek SWM Pond
    – Tunney’s Pasture Station
  • Pre-construction surveys
    – East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. As indicated in the east update, DST will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to the start of construction.