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Traffic Updates March 2014: Some Modest Movement from City Hall or the Giant Slowly Stirs

sunnyside-at-bankThe week of March 3rd at City Hall proved to be both interesting and revealing.  As promised in last month’s column on Traffic Updates representatives from Old Ottawa South (OOS), the Glebe Community Association (GCA) and Old Ottawa East (OOE) met with Mayor Jim Watson and made presentations to the City’s Transportation Committee chaired by Councillor Keith Egli (Knoxdale-Merivale Ward, Nepean).

The Mayor’s Boardroom is located in the heritage wing of City Hall (Ottawa’s former Teachers’ College built in 1874) and comfortably seats about 12 people around an impressive, rectangular, oak table located in the centre of a rather large, high-ceiling room reminiscent of medieval halls that once dotted the British countryside centuries ago.

This flight of imagination is not so surprising when one considers the Gothic Revival architecture of the heritage wing and its official designation as a National Historic site.  A sense of importance dwells in this room: it’s imposing space in both height and breadth, the series of multi-paned windows that line one wall facing Elgin Street, and its ample capacity to entertain the decision-makers who shape and transform the City of Ottawa. 

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Sunnyside Avenue Traffic Calming and “Green Street” Treatments

The preferred concept identified in the ATM Study included a combination of highly visible cross-walks and curb extensions to better manage traffic flow and narrow the traveled portion of the roadway. In addition to these traffic calming measures, select boulevard areas will also be provided with “rain gardens” to add greenspace, enhance the streetscape, and capture and treat road runoff.

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Traffic News December 2013

Bank Street Bridge  There have been two recent public meetings on traffic: one November 27, 2013, in Old Ottawa South and the other December 9, 2013, in the Glebe.  The November meeting covered the results of the 2013 Riverdale and Area Traffic Study, while the December meeting focused on the Lansdowne Transportation Monitoring Plan, a key outcome of the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC). 

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Old Ottawa South Traffic: Where to from Here?

sunnyside-at-bankThe Old Ottawa South Traffic Survey was initiated in response to traffic management issues raised at the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC), chaired by Councilor David Chernushenko. The Survey acts as a bridge between two official City Studies, one completed in 2012 West of Bank Street, the other initiated in May 2013 East of Bank encompassing Riverdale Avenue & Area, including Sunnyside Avenue East of Bank (results expected late 2013 or early 2014).

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Old Ottawa South Traffic Survey Results

Bank Street Bridge  On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, OSCA endorsed recommendations from the OOS Traffic Survey launched online in June 2013.  The survey was initiated in response to traffic management issues raised at the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC), chaired by Councilor David Chernushenko.

The OOS Traffic Survey acts as a bridge between two official City of Ottawa studies, one completed in 2012 west of Bank Street, the other initiated in May 2013 east of Bank encompassing Riverdale Avenue & Area including Sunnyside Avenue east of Bank (results expected late 2013 or early 2014).

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The Old Ottawa South Traffic Survey: An Update

Bank Street Bridge  On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, OSCA endorsed recommendations from the OOS Traffic Survey launched online in June 2013.  The survey was initiated in response to traffic management issues raised at the Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC), chaired by Councilor David Chernushenko.

The OOS Traffic Survey acts as a bridge between two official City of Ottawa studies, one completed in 2012 west of Bank Street, the other initiated in May 2013 east of Bank encompassing Riverdale Avenue & Area including Sunnyside Avenue east of Bank (results expected late 2013 or early 2014).

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Old Ottawa South Traffic Survey

 

Thank you Old Ottawa South! Your response to this community’s Traffic Survey has been outstanding!

Deadline for the survey was Friday, June 21, 2013.  Since then a review team has been formed, a process established, and a deadline for draft recommendations set for early September.  It’s a big job: total number of responses to the survey is 626 with 285 comments.  The narrative component is significant and it’s important that we give this element of the survey the attention it deserves. Each comment will be reviewed.

In the meantime, we will be working with City officials to share certain elements of the survey to make sure that they are submitted in a timely manner to official parallel processes. For example, the survey includes responses & comments that directly affect the City’s Riverdale Traffic Study.  These will be shared with the City this summer to ensure their consideration under their established community consultation process for traffic studies.

Come September, more detailed data, analysis, and recommendations will be available in the OSCAR & online. So stay tuned. 

In the meantime, we would like to share with you some of the following results:

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Main Street Renewal Project

Main Street Changes Narrowly Approved at Committee

The 'Complete Street' concept for Main Street in Old Ottawa East was considered at the July 5, 2013 Transportation Committee meeting. The recommended option of 'cycle tracks' for part of the street was approved but not without a long and rancourous debate of how commuters may be affected. Full council will vote on the project on July 17th.

Read the Ottawa Citizen recount of the meeting: ‘Complete street’ vision for Main Street squeaks through transportation committee or the Ottawa Community News story: Plan for Future of Main Street Approved - Divided committee passes 'complete street' vision for community.

Read the Old Ottawa East Community Association's endorsement of the proposed design: Main Street Renewal: OOECA Support of "Preferred Design"- Alternative 5 and the views of Citizens for Safe Cycling on the recommendations: Transportation Committee Should Choose Complete Streets Approach for Main Street.

Read the OSCA letter of support of the Main Street Renewal project.

See the information presented at the June open house public meetings for the Main Street Renewal and McIlraith Bridge Rehabilitation on the City of Ottawa’s website where you can find the display boards and their individual PDFs.

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