9:30 a.m., March 11)
Consultant rejects proposal for Renaud Road bypass
By Fred Sherwin
consultants report has poured cold water over a
proposal to alleviate traffic on Renaud Road, through
Bradley Estates, by extending Brian Coburn Blvd. past
proposal to extend Brian Coburn Blvd. from Navan Road
to Renaud Road just west of the subdivision was first
put forward by the Bradley Estates Community Associa-tion
during last years municipal election.
citys Transportation Master Plan (TMP) currently
calls for Brian Coburn Blvd. to link up with the Blackburn
Bypass once Brian Coburn its extended from Mer Bleue Road
to Navan Road.
TMP also contains a plan to link Innes Road to Walkley
Road and Hunt Club Road via a parkway just east of Hwy.
417, to improve access to the Hunt Club corridor from
the east end.
officials are confident that once the link has been made
between Brian Coburn Blvd. and the Blackburn Bypass, it
will alleviate the situation on Renaud Road.
Bradley Estates Community Association is not so sure.
In fact, they believe the situation will continue to worsen
as more and more east end commuters use Renaud Road to
get to the south end via Anderson Road.
to statistics presented at the citys transportation
committee last week, 600-800 vehicles per hour travel
along the westbound lane of Renaud Road during the morning
peak period, and 700-1000 per hour use the eastbound lane
during the afternoon peak period. The operational capacity
for that section of Renaud Road is 800 vehicles per hour.
city hired a consultant to review the community association
proposal as well several other scenarios, all of which
would alleviate the situation on Renaud Road, but at a
proposal to extend Brian Coburn Blvd. to Renaud Road would
cost an estimated $5.5 million $7.7 million if
its combined with the decommissioning of Renaud
Road between the existing S-corners. It would also require
an Environmental Assessment and permission from the National
his final analysis, the consultant rejected the community
associations proposal, concluding that the transportation
network, as described in the TMP, remains the best
solution for network operations.
to data contained in the report, linking the Blackburn
Bypass to Brian Coburn Blvd. would reduce AM peak period
traffic on the Bradley Estates section of Renaud Road
by about 15 per cent.
only problem is that the Blackburn Bypass extension isnt
scheduled to be completed until 2025. That's still a long
way off and doesn't help the residents of Bradley Estates
for another nine years and in the meantime the
situation will only get worse.
Ward Coun. Jody Mitic will likely use the consultants
report and its findings to continue to push for a more
immediate solution to the community's concerns.
first step will be convincing the transportation committee
to add the proposed Brian Coburn extension to the Transportation
Master Plan. It must then be approved by city council.
and when the extension is added to the TMP, it must receive
at least tacit approval from the NCC before it's submitted
for an Environmental Assessment.
the EA is completed, the project must be formally approved
by the NCC before its included in the city budget and
voted on by council. That process could take up to five
years before construction could even begin, which once
again leaves the residents of Bradley Estates having to
deal with ever-increasing volumes of traffic.
only immediate solution to the existing situation would
be decommission Renaud Road between the two S-corners.
That would solve Bradley Estates problem, but it would
cause a giant headache for the commuters who would be
forced onto the Blackburn Bypass, as well as those commuters
who already use it. In fact it would add an extra 600-900
cars per hour on the bypass during peak periods.
or nor not Mitics fellow councillors would be willing
to go along with that plan, and pay $1.5 million to make
it happen, remains to be seen.
read the consultant's report visit ottawa.ca.
For the analysis of the various scenarios visit ottawa.ca.
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