Terry Fox Drive and Westphalian Avenue Proposed Modification

 

SUBJECT

  • Modifications to Terry Fox Drive and Westphalian Avenue to accommodate a new residential development.

 

LOCATION

  • Terry Fox Drive and Westphalian Avenue, Wards 6 and 23, see attached drawing DRI-2012-020A.

 

PURPOSE

  • The purpose of the proposed modifications is to accommodate vehicular traffic generated by a new residential development located on Westphalian Avenue at the intersection of Terry Fox Drive.

 

BACKGROUND

  • The proposed residential development is located in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Terry Fox Drive and Westphalian Avenue.  The site is bounded by Terry Fox Drive to the east, Westphalian Avenue to the south, the Trans Canada Trail to the north and residential lands to the west.  The proposed development is comprised of 427 single family homes and 287 townhouse units.

 

EXISTING CONDITIONS

  • Road Cross-Sections

Terry Fox Drive – 2-lane, rural, undivided arterial road.

  • Street Lighting

Terry Fox Drive – Present on east side.

  • Traffic Control

The intersection of Terry Fox Drive and Trans Canada Trail is controlled by traffic signal.

  • Speed Limits

Terry Fox Drive – 80 kph.

  • Pedestrians

No sidewalks are present on Terry Fox Drive.  During an 8-hour period on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 at the intersection of Terry Fox Drive and Trans Canada Trail, 9 pedestrians crossed in the north-south direction and 47 pedestrians crossed in the east-west direction.

  • Cycling

No bicycle lanes are provided on Terry Fox Drive.  During the same 8‑hour survey mentioned above, 30 cyclists were observed travelling in the north-south direction and 113 cyclists were observed travelling in the east-west direction.

  • Transit

No bus routes currently serve the area.

  • Highest Hourly Volume

During the same 8-hour survey mentioned above, between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, 905 southbound and 755 northbound vehicles were recorded on Terry Fox Drive at the intersection of Trans Canada Trail.

  • Heavy Vehicles

Terry Fox Drive is designated as an unrestricted truck route.  Heavy vehicles comprised 3.7% and 2.9% of the total traffic in the southbound and northbound directions, respectively, during the same 8-hour survey mentioned above.

  • Collision History

For the period from 1 January 2008 to 1 January 2011 (3 years):

Terry Fox Drive, Cope Drive to Trans Canada Trail – Total = 8, comprised of 2 rear end, 5 single vehicle and 1 approaching.

PROJECTED VOLUMES

  • Based on the Transportation Impact Study prepared by IBI Group in November 2011, the following volumes will be generated by the proposed development:

(a)    Weekday Morning Peak Hour – 126 inbound and 428 outbound.

(b)   Weekday Afternoon Peak Hour – 445 inbound and 250 outbound.

 

PROPOSED ROAD MODIFICATIONS

  • It must be emphasized that the following road modifications (see attached drawing

DRI-2012-020B) are conceptual and intended only to illustrate the proposed function.  The approval of any detailed design of the road modifications stemming from this report will be subject to the City’s design review process.

 

The specific modifications being proposed are as follows:

  • New traffic control signal at the intersection of Terry Fox Drive and Westphalian Avenue.
  • New northbound left-turn lane on Terry Fox Drive.
  • New southbound right-turn lane on Terry Fox Drive.
  • New concrete sidewalk pads at the intersection of Terry Fox Drive and Westphalian Avenue.
  • New cycling lane on Terry Fox Drive.
  • Two outbound lanes and one inbound lane on Westphalian Avenue.

 

MODIFICATION OUTCOMES – BENEFIT AND IMPACTS

  • Pedestrians

The proposed sidewalks and traffic signal will allow pedestrians to safely cross Terry Fox Drive at Westphalian Avenue.

  • Cyclists

The proposed bicycle lane on Terry Fox Drive will allow cyclists to safely continue southbound without encroaching into right-turning vehicles.

  • Transit

N/A

  • Vehicles

The proposed road modifications will allow vehicles to efficiently and safely access the residential development through the use of auxiliary lanes and a traffic control signal with appropriate turning phases.

  • Adjacent Land Uses

No negative impacts are anticipated for the lands adjacent to the proposed road modifications.

 

PROJECTED IMPLEMENTATION DATES

  • This is a privately funded project in which the property owner will establish the construction schedule.  It is understood that the developer wishes to start work in 2012 and complete the project by the end of that year.

 

TOTAL ESTIMATED CONSTRUCTION COSTS

  • The total estimated cost for the proposed road modifications, which includes construction, engineering, and contingencies, is $515,000.

 

FINANCIAL COMMENTS

  • There is no cost to the City for the proposed modifications listed in the previous sections estimated at $515,000 (construction, engineering, and contingencies).
  • Monarch Corporation must provide financial guarantees acceptable to the City of Ottawa to cover the above-noted roadwork.
  • Total additional annual operating costs are estimated to be $6640 (surface operations at $6000, signs and pavement markings at $640) and will be requested in the year following completion of construction.
  • Monarch Corporation is required to fund all costs associated with the design and construction of the above-noted roadway modifications and will be required to provide financial guarantees, acceptable to the City of Ottawa, through the site plan agreement for the development sufficient to cover the estimated costs.
  • Prior to construction, Monarch Corporation will be required to enter into a Traffic Signal Agreement with the City, which will include but not limited to the funding of all costs associated with the design, installation and maintenance of the traffic control signal.  Annual signal maintenance costs estimated at $9,851 in 2012 will be the responsibility of Monarch Corporation until the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario traffic signal warrants are met and City Council approves the assumption of these costs, at which time, funds will be requested in the City’s operating budget for the following year.

 

COMPLIANCE WITH TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN

  • The proposed road modifications comply with Section 6.4 Road Design, of the Transportation Master Plan.

 

CONSULTATIONS     

  • Via e-mail on 30 May 2012, Ward Councillor Qadri was given notice of the intention to advertise the proposed road modifications for two weeks starting 1 June 2012.
  • Via e-mail on 14 June 2012, Ward Councillor Hubley was given notice of the intention to advertise the proposed road modifications for two weeks starting 1 June 2012.
  • The proposed road modifications were advertised on the City’s website from 1 June

2012 until 15 June 2012 with a deadline for public input on 22 June 2012.

  • Preliminary approval was granted by the Program Manager of Design Review and Implementation on 18 July 2012.

 

ATTACHMENTS

  • Attachment 1 – Key Plan DRI-2012-020A
  • Attachment 2 – Proposed Road Modifications DRI-2012-020B