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(Updated 9:30 a.m., March 11)
Consultant rejects proposal for Renaud Road bypass

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A consultant’s report has poured cold water over a proposal to alleviate traffic on Renaud Road, through Bradley Estates, by extending Brian Coburn Blvd. past Navan Road.

The 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 year’s municipal election.

The city’s 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.

The 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.

City 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.

The 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.

According to statistics presented at the city’s 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.

The 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 cost.

The proposal to extend Brian Coburn Blvd. to Renaud Road would cost an estimated $5.5 million – $7.7 million if it’s combined with the decommissioning of Renaud Road between the existing S-corners. It would also require an Environmental Assessment and permission from the National Capital Commission.

In his final analysis, the consultant rejected the community association’s proposal, concluding that the transportation network, as described in the TMP, “remains the best solution for network operations”.

According 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.

The only problem is that the Blackburn Bypass extension isn’t 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.

Innes Ward Coun. Jody Mitic will likely use the consultant’s report and its findings to continue to push for a more immediate solution to the community's concerns.

The 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.

If 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.

Once 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.

The 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.

Whether or nor not Mitic’s fellow councillors would be willing to go along with that plan, and pay $1.5 million to make it happen, remains to be seen.

To read the consultant's report visit ottawa.ca. For the analysis of the various scenarios visit ottawa.ca.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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