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Ottawa Queensway Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment Study

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Welcome

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.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list or submit comments or questions please go to the contacts section of the Web site.

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Updates

Ottawa Queensway Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment Study
Website last modified: January 29, 2007

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Background

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.

Population 2001 2021
Inside Greenbelt 517,000 588,000
Outside Greenbelt 283,000 604,000
Total 800,000 1,192,000

Employment 2001 2021
Inside Greenbelt 400,000 514,000
Outside Greenbelt 97,500 234,000
Total 497,500 748,000

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:

  • additional general use lanes;
  • New Interchange at Hunt Club Road;
  • Review of interchange operations to improve safety and reduce congestion;
  • High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) facilities;
  • Ramp metering; traffic demand management including Freeway Traffic Management System; and
  • Others that may be identified as the study progresses.

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.

The Role of Transit

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.

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Environmental Assessment Process

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.

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Study Purpose

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:

  • improve the mobility of people and goods;
  • reduce congestion and associated delay;
  • enhance safety; and
  • improve existing infrastructure (i.e. pavement, bridges, lighting, etc.).

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Study Area

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.

Study Area Map

Highway 417 (Ottawa Queensway)
Preliminary Design Study and Environmental Assessment
from Highway 416 easterly to Anderson Road
MTO G.W.P. 663-93-00

Map of Highway 417

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Study Schedule

Milestones Completion
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

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Reports

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)

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Presentations

Presentations will be made available for viewing as they are completed.

  1. Public Advisory Committee #1 -- January 14, 2003
  2. Public Advisory Committee #2 -- May 15, 2003
  3. Public Advisory Committee #3 -- April 7, 2004
  4. Public Advisory Committee #4 -- June 1, 2004
  5. City of Ottawa Transportation and Transit Committee #1 -- January 15, 2003
  6. City of Ottawa Transportation and Transit Committee #2 -- June 2, 2004

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Get Involved

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:

  • present the Draft Study Design Report;
  • present the assessment and evaluation of "Alternatives to" the Undertaking;
  • identify the "Alternative(s) to" the Undertaking which will be carried forward;
  • present background information, including the traffic analysis, environmental inventories and corridor analysis;
  • present the long-list and short-listed "Alternative Methods" for the Undertaking at a conceptual level;
  • present the evaluation criteria and methodology to select the Technically Preferred Alternative(s); and
  • to obtain public input.

Following are the displays that were presented at the PIC:

PIC #1 Display Boards:

  1. Welcome
  2. Bienvenue (as displayed in French)
  3. Study Area
  4. Study Need and Justification
  5. Study Purpose
  6. Environmental Assessment Process
  7. Study Organization
  8. Study Schedule
  9. Purpose of the PIC
  10. Draft Study Design Report
  11. Study Issues and Constraints
  12. Strategic Transportation Direction - Introduction
  13. Strategic Transportation Direction - Travel Demands
  14. Strategic Transportation Direction - General Conclusions
  15. Potential Ring Road
  16. Travel Demand Forcasting
  17. Traffic Operations Analysis
  18. Environmental Inventories - Completed Work
  19. Environmental Inventories - Work to be Undertaken
  20. Assessment and Evaluation of "Alternatives to the Undertaking"
  21. Advanced Traffic Management Systems
  22. Corridor Analysis Plans
  23. Summary of Analysis of Results
  24. Evaluation Methodology
  25. Evaluation Criteria
  26. Next Steps
  27. How to Get Involved

Environmental Plans

  1. Moodie Drive to Highway 416 (PDF - 378 KB)
  2. Highway 416 to West of Pinecrest Road (PDF - 537 KB)
  3. West of Pinecrest Road to West of Woodroffe Avenue (PDF - 361 KB)
  4. West of Woodroffe Avenue to East of Maitland Avenue (PDF - 420 KB)
  5. East of Maitland Avenue to Island Park Drive (PDF - 383 KB)
  6. Island Park Drive to West of Rochester Street (PDF - 438 KB)
  7. West of Rochester Street to West of O'Connor Street (PDF - 394 KB)
  8. West of O'Connor Street to West of Vanier Parkway (PDF - 458 KB)
  9. West of Vanier Parkway to West of St. Laurent Boulevard (PDF - 408 KB)
  10. West of St. Laurent Boulevard to North of Innes Road (PDF - 428 KB)
  11. North of Innes Road to North of Walkley Road (PDF - 363 KB)
  12. North of Walkley Road to South of Walkley Road (PDF - 420 KB)
  13. South of Walkley Road to South of Ramseyville Road (PDF - 400 KB)
  14. South of Ramseyville Road to Anderson Road (PDF - 324 KB)

Existing Noise Contour Plans

  1. Highway 416 to Maitland Avenue (PDF - 731 KB)
  2. East of Maitland Avenue to West of Nicholas Street (PDF - 681 KB)
  3. West of Nicholas Street to North of Walkley Road (PDF - 832 KB)
  4. North of Walkley Road to Anderson Road (PDF - 486 KB)

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.

Corridor Analysis Plans

  1. Moodie Drive to Highway 416 (PDF - 1,454 KB)
  2. Highway 416 to West of Pinecrest Road (PDF - 953 KB)
  3. West of Pinecrest Road to West of Woodroffe Avenue (PDF - 1,131 KB)
  4. West of Woodroffe Avenue to East of Maitland Avenue (PDF - 939 KB)
  5. East of Maitland Avenue to Island Park Drive (PDF - 1,321 KB)
  6. Island Park Drive to West of Rochester Street (PDF - 1,207 KB)
  7. West of Rochester Street to West of O'Connor Street (PDF - 1,118 KB)
  8. West of O'Connor Street to West of Vanier Parkway (PDF - 1,188 KB)
  9. West of Vanier Parkway to West of St. Laurent Boulevard (PDF - 844 KB)
  10. West of St. Laurent Boulevard to North of Innes Road (PDF - 710 KB)
  11. North of Innes Road to North of Walkley Road (PDF - 726 KB)
  12. North of Walkley Road to South of Walkley Road (PDF - 485 KB)
  13. South of Walkley Road to South of Ramseyville Road (PDF - 522 KB)

Alternative Sketches

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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:

PIC #2 Display Boards:

  1. Welcome
  2. Study Area
  3. Study Need and Justification
  4. Transit Usage Required to Eliminate Need to Widen Queensway
  5. Study Purpose and Opportunities
  6. Eastern Ontario Strategic Transportation Directions
  7. Problems and Constraints
  8. Purpose of the PIC #2
  9. Environmental Assessment Process
  10. Study Team Organization
  11. Study Milestones
  12. Traffic Analysis Updated Results
  13. "Alternatives to" the Undertaking
  14. Summary of Assessment and Evaluation of "Alternatives to" the Undertaking
  15. Evaluation Methodology
  16. Evaluation Criteria
  17. Alternative Plans and Evaluation Results:
    1. Technically Preferred Alternative (TPA)
    2. Alternatives Considered, Evaluation Tables and Results
  18. Summary of Technically Preferred Alternatives (TPA)
  19. Noise Assessment Results for TPA
  20. Air Quality Assessment Results for TPA
  21. Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS)
  22. Resource Table
  23. Next Steps
  24. How to Get Involved

Technically Preferred Alternative (TPA)

  1. Highway 416 to West of Greenbank Road / Pinecrest Road (PDF - 2.48 MB)
  2. West of Greenbank Road / Pinecrest Road to West of Woodroffe Avenue (PDF - 768 KB)
  3. West of Woodroffe Avenue to East of Maitland Avenue (PDF - 838 KB)
  4. East of Maitland Avenue to Island Park Drive (PDF - 711 KB)
  5. Island Park Drive to West of Rochester Street (PDF - 1.41 MB)
  6. West of Rochester Street to East of Metcalfe Street (PDF - 1.03 MB)
  7. East of Metcalfe Street to Vanier Parkway (PDF - 1.15 MB)
  8. Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard (PDF - 1.01 MB)
  9. St. Laurent Boulevard to Ottawa Road 174 (PDF - 752 KB)
  10. Ottawa Road 174 to North of Innes Road (PDF - 948 KB)
  11. North of Innes Road to South of Walkley Road (PDF - 866 KB)
  12. South of Walkley Road to North of Anderson Road (PDF - 680 KB)

Alternative Plans Considered

Future 2021 Noise Contour Plans

  1. Exhibit 1 (PDF - 1.13 MB)
  2. Exhibit 2 (PDF - 1.28 MB)
  3. Exhibit 3 (PDF - 1.06 MB)
  4. Exhibit 4 (PDF - 740 KB)

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.

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Public Involvement Centre #3 - June 2005

The third round of PICs provided the public with an opportunity to review and comment on the following:

  • Recommended Plan based on comments received at and following the second round of PICs;
  • Mitigation Measures; and
  • Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS).

PIC #3 Display Boards:

  1. Welcome
  2. Study Area
  3. Background
  4. Summary of PIC #1
  5. Summary of PIC #2
  6. Purpose of Public Involvement Centre #3
  7. Environmental Assessment Process
  8. Study Team Organization
  9. Study Milestones
  10. Summary of "Alternatives to" the Undertaking
  11. Summary of Technically Preferred Alternative
  12. Potential Effects and Mitigation Measures
  13. Summary of Modifications to Technically Preferred Alternative (TPA) in the Recommended Plan
  14. Recommended Plans
  15. Noise Assessment Results for the Recommended Plan
  16. Noise Barrier Retrofit
  17. Air Quality Assessment Results for the Recommended Plan
  18. Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS)
  19. Rehabilitation of Infrastructure
  20. Contract Staging and Implementation
  21. Landscaping
  22. Next Steps
  23. How to Get Involved
  24. Resource Table

Recommended Alternative presented at PIC #3

  1. Highway 416 to West of Greenbank Road / Pinecrest Road (PDF - 353 KB)
  2. West of Greenbank Road / Pinecrest Road to West of Woodroffe Avenue (PDF - 270 KB)
  3. West of Woodroffe Avenue to East of Maitland Avenue (PDF - 379 KB)
  4. East of Maitland Avenue to Island Park Drive (PDF - 295 KB)
  5. Island Park Drive to West of Rochester Street (PDF - 444 KB)
  6. West of Rochester Street to East of Metcalfe Street (PDF - 361 KB)
  7. East of Metcalfe Street to Vanier Parkway (PDF - 418 KB)
  8. Vanier Parkway to St. Laurent Boulevard (PDF - 363 KB)
  9. St. Laurent Boulevard to Ottawa Road 174 (PDF - 195 KB)
  10. Ottawa Road 174 to North of Innes Road (PDF - 287 KB)
  11. North of Innes Road to South of Walkley Road (PDF - 266 KB)
  12. South of Walkley Road to North of Anderson Road (PDF - 199 KB)

Future 2021 Noise Contour Plans presented at PIC #3

  1. Exhibit 1 (PDF - 1.17 MB)
  2. Exhibit 2 (PDF - 1.36 MB)
  3. Exhibit 3 (PDF - 1.09 MB)
  4. Exhibit 4 (PDF - 701 KB)

Noise Barrier Retrofit

Noise Barrier Retrofit Plan (PDF - 1.24 MB)

Landscaping

  1. Project limit to East of Richmond Road (PDF - 1.17 MB)
  2. East of Richmond Road to West of the Southwest Transitway (PDF - 843 KB)
  3. West of the Southwest Transitway to East of Maitland Avenue (PDF - 984 KB)
  4. East of Maitland Avenue to East of Carling Avenue (PDF - 807 KB)
  5. East of Carling Avenue to Bayswater Avenue (PDF - 912 KB)
  6. Bayswater Avenue to Bank Street (PDF - 865 KB)
  7. Bank Street to East of Nicholas Street (PDF - 971 KB)
  8. East of Nicholas Street to East of St. Laurent Boulevard (PDF - 802 KB)
  9. East of St. Laurent Boulevard to East of Cyrville Road (PDF - 850 KB)
  10. East of Cyrville Road to Innis Road (PDF - 576 KB)

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Public Advisory Committee

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.

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Contacts

You can contact either of the individuals below:

Mr. Brian Ruck, P.Eng. C.V.S.
Consultant Project Manager
TSH Engineers Architects Planners
300 Water Street
Whitby, ON
L1N 9J2

Phone: 1-800-668-1983
or 905-668-4021 ext. 2250
Fax: 905-665-4867
E-Mail: bruck@tsh.ca

Mr. David Lindensmith, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Planning and Design Section
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
1355 John Counter Boulevard
Kingston, ON
K7L 5A3

Phone: 1-800-267-0295
or (613) 540-5130
Fax: (613) 540-5106
E-Mail: Dave.Lindensmith@ontario.ca