Welcome to the Web site for the Highway 417 (Ottawa Queensway) Preliminary Design Study and Environmental Assessment from Highway 416 easterly to Anderson Road. Totten Sims Hubicki (TSH) has been retained to assist the Ministry of Transportation, Eastern Region, with the Study. This website has been established to provide project information and collect your comments on the study.
We encourage you to read through the site and send us your feedback. We will be updating this site with additional information, such as upcoming Public Involvement Centres, as the study progresses. Please check this site for updates and details on how you can get involved.
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Ottawa Queensway Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment Study
Website last modified: January 29, 2007
Highway 417 within the study area is the major east-west provincial corridor in the Ottawa area serving provincial inter-city travel as well as commuter traffic. Traffic volumes are high and are increasing, and already exceed the theoretical design capacity during several hours of the day. As a result, experiences of congestion and associated delays are increasing and are expected to continue to increase, in the absence of significant improvements.
The Highway 417 corridor from Highway 416 easterly through the heart of the City of Ottawa Central Business District currently experiences considerable congestion during the a.m. and p.m. peak travel periods. Further, communities on the west, south, and east sides of Ottawa are rapidly expanding, and although growth has slowed somewhat in the past couple of years, this growth is expected to continue to occur. This growth expansion is creating additional demand, which adds to the existing congestion and associated safety concerns.
To illustrate Ottawa's expected growth, the following information has been extracted from the City of Ottawa's Transportation Master Plan, March 2003.
Should the noted projections be reached, then considerable pressure will be placed on the transportation infrastructure, including the Queensway, both over the shorter term before significant new transportation can be constructed, and in the longer term as part of a balanced transportation system.
Current conditions have necessitated a comprehensive operational review of Highway 417 within the study area to determine if the existing infrastructure can be upgraded to accommodate the increased mobility needs. The Ministry of Transportation has initiated this study to determine the need and feasibility of providing additional capacity (person and goods movement) in this corridor. Alternatives under consideration include:
In determining whether an identified roadway improvement will be recommended, the Project Team will consider the magnitude of the identified problem and the impacts associated with implementing the potential solution, and will thoroughly weigh each prior to reaching a decision.
This study will complete the technical analysis needed in determining the extent and timing of short and longer-term improvements to Highway 417 and document the results of the analysis in a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR). The TESR will be available for a 30-day public review period near the end of the study. The study will develop several technical alternatives for an improvement scheme that will then be subject to evaluation and refinement by the Project Team based on comments received from agencies and the public.
The study will also identify and address existing ("now") operational concerns, and will identify and address operational concerns that can be expected to arise in the future (by considering the effects of the projected, 2011 and 2021 horizon year traffic volumes). These concerns have been identified through an extensive traffic modeling effort that has been undertaken for the Queensway Corridor. This model was developed/updated by analyzing and incorporating existing traffic, population, employment, and development data from various sources, including the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan, March 2003. The traffic model and associated Traffic Report forms a large measure of the technical background for this study. The results of this work was presented to the public at the first Public Involvement Centres that were held on January 21, 22, 23 and 30, 2003.
Transit does, and will continue to play a vital role in the overall transportation network in Ottawa.
The City of Ottawa Official Plan (2003) is forecasting population growth over the next 20 years of almost 50%, with the majority of the growth occurring outside of the Greenbelt. Further, employment is expected to grow by about the same amount, with about 45% of that occurring within the Greenbelt and 55% outside of the Greenbelt. In order to support that growth, significant improvements to all components of the transportation network will be required.
The Demand Forecasting work undertaken for the Queensway study, assumed that significant growth would occur in the number of people using public transit, and that all of the transit ridership targets contained in the Official Plan would be achieved. In fact, this work has recently been updated to reflect the city's new transit gorwth targets as outlined in the 2003 Transportation Master Plan. As part of the Queensway modeling work, we generated the total travel demand across various screen lines throughout the City; for existing conditions and for 2011 and 2021. For the future years, we assumed that City transportation improvements as identified in the Official Plan would be in place, and that all of the City's transit targets would be met. In analyzing the data, we concluded that even with these improvements in place, including planned transit improvements, that the demand would exceed the supply and consequently that improvements to the Queensway would have to be considered as part of the overall transportation network.
In other words, even though transit is an integral component of the overall transportation network, and that the percentage of travelers using transit will grow significantly and more than any other travel mode, improved transit on its own cannot satisfy the total demand created by the City's expected growth.
This project follows the approved environmental planning process for Group "B" projects under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) with the opportunity for public input throughout. Three rounds of Public Involvement Centres (PICs) are planned at key points in the study to provide the public with information regarding the study and to receive public input. The PICs will be a 'drop in' format with representatives of the MTO and TSH in attendance to answer questions about the study.
Upon completion of the study, a Transportation Environmental Study Report will be available for public review and comment. A notice of submission will be published at that time.
There is an opportunity at any time during the environmental assessment process for interested persons to provide comments and review outstanding issues. With the exception of personal information, all comments received will become part of the public record. If, after consulting with the Ministry's consultants and staff, you have serious unresolved concerns, you have the right to request the Minister of the Environment to "bump-up" (i.e. make a Part II Order for) this project. A Part II Order may lead to preparation of an individual environmental assessment.
The purpose of this study is to undertake the Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the Ottawa Queensway from Highway 416 easterly to Anderson Road.
This work will fulfill all the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (OEAA) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) for a facility of this type.
The specific purpose of this study is to identify short-term and longer term measures to:
The section of Highway 417 to be addressed as part of this study extends from west of Highway 416 easterly to Anderson Road and is illustrated on the following map.
The highway passes through an area characterized in the west end as urbanizing commercial and industrial while the east end is characterized as rural. The central portion of the study area passes through the downtown business core of the City of Ottawa and is a fully mature urban core. Throughout the study area, there also exist substantial pockets of residential developments abutting the Queensway corridor.
Highway 417 (Ottawa Queensway)
Preliminary Design Study and Environmental Assessment
from Highway 416 easterly to Anderson Road
MTO G.W.P. 663-93-00
|Project Initiation||Summer 2002|
|Alternative Development Phase||Fall 2002|
|Public Involvement Centre #1||January 2003|
|Traffic Operations Report||Winter 2003/04|
|Continuation of Alternative Development Phase / Selection of Technically Preferred Alternative||Spring 2004|
|Public Involvement Centre #2||June 2004|
|Preliminary Design of Recommended Alternative||Fall-Winter 2004/05|
|Public Involvement Centre #3||Spring 2005|
|Completion of Preliminary Design||Spring 2006|
|Submission of Environmental Document (TESR) for 30-day Public Review||Spring 2006|
The culmination of this study will result in the preparation of a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) that will be submitted for a 30-day public review period. This document will be prepared in accordance with the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities as a Group "B" project. Group "B" projects are defined as projects providing major improvements to existing provincial transportation facilities. The TESR will contain supporting reports, and those reports will be made available for review as they are completed.
The following reports are available for review:
Relevant documents will be made available for viewing as they are completed.
Material presented at Public Involvement Centres can be found in the get involved section.
To download the Transportation Environmental Study Report - Volume1 - Main Report and Appendix go to: Highway 417 (Ottawa Queensway)
Presentations will be made available for viewing as they are completed.
During the course of the study three Public Involvement Centre (PIC) series are scheduled. Each series of PICs will include dates in the east, central, and west parts of the study area. Each series of PICs will present a different stage in the EA process.
Details of location, date and time will be published on this Web site and will be advertised in local newspapers several weeks prior to the PIC.
Public Involvement Centre #1- January 2003
The first series of PICs was held to:
Following are the displays that were presented at the PIC:
Existing Noise Contour Plans
Note: The existing sound level contours presented at PIC 1 were updated to reflect current data on the amount of commercial traffic on the Queensway, which is an important input into calculation of sound levels.The revised exhibits were presented at PIC 3.
Public Involvement Centre #2 - June 2004
This series was held to present and seek public comment on the alternatives and the technically preferred alternative identified by the study team.
Following are the displays that were presented at the PIC:
Technically Preferred Alternative (TPA)
Alternative Plans Considered
Future 2021 Noise Contour Plans
Note: The future sound level contours presented at PIC 2 were updated to reflect current data on the amount of commercial traffic on the Queensway, which is an important input into calculation of sound levels. The revised exhibits were presented at PIC 3.
Public Involvement Centre #3 - June 2005
The third round of PICs provided the public with an opportunity to review and comment on the following:
Future 2021 Noise Contour Plans presented at PIC #3
Noise Barrier Retrofit
Noise Barrier Retrofit Plan (PDF - 1.24 MB)
As a mechanism to facilitate the receipt of input and the dissemination of study information, a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) has been formed. In this large project involving many public interest groups, this committee will facilitate open and easy communication with the member of community associations and other interest groups. Membership on the committee includes representatives of community associations and other groups representing broader transportation interests.
You can contact either of the individuals below:
Mr. Brian Ruck, P.Eng. C.V.S.
Mr. David Lindensmith, P.Eng.