16 November 2011

What's in Budget 2012 for Capital Ward?

The City developed the 2012 draft Budget through a lot of listening and a lot of input from citizens and interest groups across Ottawa. I felt the Mayor and his advisors listened carefully to what I brought to them in terms of a critique of past and current spending practices, and a list of specific priorities. I developed my list by listening to you, by putting forward some ideas and priorities that I consider important, and by gathering input from our Ward Council, which consists of the community association presidents in Capital Ward.

For the first time in my memory, the City budget makes a strong statement about the importance of maintaining, repairing and rebuilding what we already have. For a change, we are allocating less money to expanding our large road network, and focusing instead on renewing our existing infrastructure, including local streets, sidewalks, bridges, parks and skating rinks.

We have designated several million dollars for cycling infrastructure — still a miniscule amount compared to what we spend on car infrastructure, but an important increase and a new record for cycling. And there's more money for OC Transpo to help fix some of the problems with "network optimization".

The budget also begins to address the redevelopment and planning headaches that plague older communities like those in Capital Ward. The City promises to reduce red tape and barriers for sustainable projects that prioritize energy and water efficiency, minimize construction waste, and reduce their overall environmental footprint. At the same time, it vows to rein in developers who want to continue overbuilding in our communities.

These are just a few of the positive aspects of a budget that I am proud to have helped develop and introduce.

Below is an overview of what's in draft Budget 2012 for Capital Ward.

I encourage you to share your thoughts about the draft budget with me, what's in it, and what's missing – before the budget goes to a final debate and vote at City Council on November 30, 2011.

Old Ottawa East

Old Ottawa East can look forward in 2012 to a public design consultation regarding the complete reconstruction of the Main Street roadway, watermains and sewers. Construction itself is expected to begin in 2013. The McIlraith Bridge (Main/Smyth) will also undergo a major reconstruction, including widening the deck to add bike lanes that will integrate with lanes on a redesigned Main Street.

Design and Public Consultation for the reconstruction of Main Street
A public design consultation regarding the complete reconstruction of the Main Street roadway, watermains and sewers will commence in 2012.

  • Main St (Echo - Springhurst) - Full roadway, watermain, sewer separation
  • Main Street (Springhurst - Riverside) - Full roadway, watermain, sewer separation

Rehabilitation of sidewalks and curbs

  • Hazel St (South Sidewalk) 17 Drummond St To Echo Dr
  • Drummond St (West Sidewalk) - Dead End (North) To Clegg St
  • Drummond St (East Sidewalk) - Dead End (North) To Clegg St
  • Mount Pleasant Av (North/West Sidewalk) - Mason Terrace To Brown St
  • Mount Pleasant Av (South/East Sidewalk) - Mason Terrace To Brown St

Upgrading of traffic Signals at Main Street and Lees Avenue
This project consists of different items, including the upgrading of traffic signal controllers and underground traffic signal infrastructure in order to enable the use of traffic-actuated strategies available on the City's Central Traffic Control Computer Systems.

Audible Signal Program
This audible signal program funds the retrofit of existing traffic control signals with audible pedestrian devices at locations.

  • Main and Evelyn
  • Main and Hazel

The "Hospital Link" component of the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor

This $60 million project involves the construction of a new two lane road from a re-aligned Riverside Drive to the north side of the hospital complex, north of Smyth Road. This approximate 1.2 km segment includes an underpass of the rail line and will require a bridge at the crossing of the Transitway and the Riverside Drive. The Hospital Link is touted by the City Transportation Department as providing direct transit service to the hospital lands and serving the existing and future development of the hospital lands.

Bridge reconstruction

  • McIlraith Bridge (Main/Smyth) - major renewal and widening for cycling

Road, sewer, watermain and sidewalk renewal

The project is considered a priority to separate sewers as part of the ongoing Ottawa River Action Plan and to reduce the risk of basement flooding in the area. The work involves the renewal of roads, sewers, watermains and sidewalks in portions of Harvey St., Havelock St. and Concord St. The existing combined sewer will be replaced with new separate sanitary and storm sewers. The house service connections will be replaced to the property line.

Old Ottawa South

Old Ottawa South can look forward to substantial interim repairs to the Billings Bridge while I redouble my efforts to find safer solutions for cyclists and pedestrians who use it and the Bank Street Bridge. Also, many Old Ottawa South residents will benefit from repairs and new bike lanes on the McIlraith (Main/Smyth) Bridge, as well as a full rehabilitation of Main Street from the Canal to Riverside Drive.

The City will also begin design work on the Rideau River Western Pathway, which will connect the existing multi-use pathway from Bank to Belmont St. in Windsor Park to the new University of Ottawa campus on Lees Ave. Families, cyclists and strolling pedestrians will welcome this crucial link between existing multi-use pathways in Old Ottawa South.

Sidewalk and Curb Rehabilitation

  • Aylmer Ave (North Sidewalk) - Caryle Ave To Seneca St
  • Aylmer Ave (South Sidewalk) - Caryle Ave To Seneca St
  • Pansy Ave (North Sidewalk) - Caryle Ave To Seneca St
  • Pansy Ave (South Sidewalk) - Caryle Ave To Seneca St

Bridge rehabilitation

  • Billings Bridge - rehabilitation repairs

The Glebe

The Glebe community will see integrated road, sewer and watermain upgrades on Bronson Avenue from the Rideau Canal to Second Ave. starting in 2014, and on Carling from Bronson to the O-Train Station starting in 2013. The Bank Street Reconstruction Project will be completed as expected in 2012, and the City plans sidewalk improvements on Pretoria Ave. from Metcalfe to Bank.

Glebe Community Centre
The accessibility audit for the Glebe Community Centre identified a number of accessibility barriers, with an estimated budget of $97,000 to address the removal of these barriers. Once the project is completed in 2012-2013, the City is hoping to have this building universally accessible.

Audible Signal at Metcalfe and Isabella
This audible signal program funds the retrofit of existing traffic control signals with audible pedestrian devices at specific intersections.

Rehabilitation of sidewalks and curbs

  • Pretoria Ave - Metcalfe St to Bank St
  • Pretoria Ave - Metcalfe St to O'Connor St

Lansdowne Partnership Plan(LPP)

LPP Implementation Phases 2-4 (also called Stages in staff reports)

Council approved funding for the Lansdowne Partnership Plan in June 2010, and this funding has been broken down into four stages, 1-4.

The Stage 2 core design development of the stadium, parking garage, retail, site servicing infrastructure, Horticulture Building and urban park will be complete by late 2011 so that the process of permitting, tendering and contracting can be initiated through the winter of 2012.

The Stage 3 construction schedule remains similar to the schedule approved in June 2010 in terms of the duration of the construction period. Stadium construction and major garage excavation commences in June 2012, this includes the necessary preparation for the relocation of the Horticulture Building.

LPP Stadium Renovation-Parking

This project involves the renovation of the Frank Clair stadium and the building of underground parking. Substantial completion of the north and south side stands will occur by December 2013.

LPP – Urban Park

Following completion of the parking garage, the landscaping and major works for the urban park will take place in the Spring of 2014 and are anticipated to be substantially complete by the fall of 2014 with full completion scheduled for the summer of 2015.

Heron Park

Heron Park residents will benefit from integrated road, sewer and watermain upgrades on Bank Street from Riverside Dr. to Ledbury Ave., substantial repairs to the Billings Bridge over the Rideau River, and completion of the nearby Heron Road Bridge.

Bridge rehabilitation

  • Heron Road Underpass - replace expansion joints and railings

All Communities

Neighbourhood Traffic Management
The Public Works Department will work with City Councillors to implement measures that will improve traffic operations on residential streets within their communities. The budget allocates $2.5 million over three years for this program.

Proposed measures will be reviewed by City staff and those measures that do not meet the guidelines for implementation through existing traffic programs and budget, do not impact traffic operations in an adjacent ward nor pose a safety hazard would be implemented with funds from this program.

Examples of types of measures include speed humps, bulb outs, multi-way stops on local streets, information signage indicating you are entering a community and to slow your speed.

Cycling Safety Program
This program funds cycling safety infrastructure improvement projects targeted at problem intersections across the City.

The funding allows for implementation of recommendations found within the 2011 Cycling Safety Evaluation Project (CSEP) report to Council.

The CSEP also provided a cycling risk assessment tool that will aid in identifying priority intersections from the many potential candidate sites identified by Roads and Cycling Advisory Committee (RCAC) , residents, stakeholders, and Councillors.

The scope of work anticipated at each intersection may include improved pavement markings (examples include sharrows, green thermoplastic, cross-rides), signage, signals adjustments, and minor curb adjustments.

This funding will allow for systemic improvement of problem intersections for cyclists at intersections where major cycling or infrastructure projects are not underway or planned.

Cycling Facilities Program
This $2 million program supports the provision of new cycling facilities to respond to the important and changing role of cycling within the overall transportation system. While the implementation of new and improved cycling facilities is dependent on coordination with many other infrastructure programs, this funding is to proceed with other stand-alone projects with the objective of closing missing links and providing convenient and safe cycling facilities.

Cycling Paths, Links and Facilities
The focus of this $12.1 million program is on closing missing links and providing convenient and safe cycling facilities. The projects identified below will proceed over the next three years, using funds from Ottawa on the Move; projects are for cycling initiatives to help provide mobility options to residents during and after LRT construction.