Details from the consultants:
RE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #2
PROPOSED HIGHWAY 417 CARLING AVENUE E-E RAMP CLOSURE (WP 4255-15-01), DETAIL DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained MMM Group Limited, a WSP company, to complete the Detail Design and Environmental Assessment Study for the proposed permanent closure of the Highway 417 Carling Avenue E-E on-ramp (the on-ramp from Carling Avenue Westbound to Highway 417 Eastbound), in the City of Ottawa.
The planned widening of Highway 417 between Maitland Avenue and Island Park Drive will result in operational and safety issues due to the introduction of a significantly substandard merge condition for the existing Highway 417 Carling Avenue W-E on-ramp (the on-ramp from Carling Avenue Eastbound to Highway 417 Eastbound). The permanent closure of the low volume E-E on-ramp is proposed as a means to accommodate the planned widening of Highway 417 and provide a standard-length merge lane for the high volume W-E on-ramp, while maintaining access to Highway 417 Eastbound within the Carling Avenue interchange.
The Highway 417 Carling Avenue E-E on-ramp is a low volume on-ramp which carries one lane of traffic onto Highway 417 Eastbound. The project involves the following components:
- Proposed permanent closure of the Highway 417 Carling Avenue E-E on-ramp;
- Maintaining access to Highway 417 Eastbound within the Carling Avenue interchange using
the existing W-E on-ramp;
- Construction of related works, including retaining walls, illumination modifications / ATMS,
Traffic management is being coordinated with the City of Ottawa. In order to facilitate safe and efficient access to Highway 417 Eastbound using the W-E on-ramp and to address weaving issues at the Carling Avenue/Kirkwood Avenue intersection associated with traffic exiting Highway 417 using the E-W off-ramp (off-ramp from Highway 417 Westbound to Carling Avenue Westbound), improvements are proposed at the Carling Avenue / Kirkwood Avenue intersection and at the Carling Avenue / Saigon Court intersection.
This study is being carried out in accordance with the approved planning process for Group ‘B’ projects under the MTO Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000), with the opportunity for public input throughout the project.
A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on June 16, 2016 to introduce the study and provide stakeholders with an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed ramp closure and related works, alternatives considered, potential impacts and proposed mitigation. In order to address
comments and questions received by members of the public, a second PIC will be held to provide stakeholders with an update on additional studies and analysis completed since the first PIC, and to present the proposed mitigation strategy which includes improvements to the Carling Avenue / Kirkwood Avenue intersection and the Carling Avenue / Saigon Court intersection.
The second PIC will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 St. Anthony Street, in Ottawa, Ontario. Members of the Project Team will be available at the PIC to discuss the project and answer any questions you may have. Following the PIC, digital copies of the PIC display materials will be posted to the project website.
Upon completion of the study, a Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) will be prepared and filed for a 30-day public review period. Newspaper notices will be published at that time to explain the review process and identify locations where the TESR can be reviewed.
If you are unable to attend the PIC but wish to obtain additional information, or submit comments, please feel free to contact the undersigned at the address listed below or visit the project website at http://www.highway417carlinge-eramp.com.
Mr. Lincoln MacDonald, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
MMM Group Limited, a WSP company 1145 Hunt Club Road, Suite 300 Ottawa, ON K1V 0Y3
Tel: (613) 736-7200
Toll-free: 1-877-998-9912 Fax: (613) 736-8710
Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA), comments and information regarding this project, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. If you have accessibility requirements in order to participate in this project, please contact the undersigned.
Des renseignements sont disponibles en français au numéro 613 736-7200, poste 2134, auprès d’Emily Sangster (courriel: SangsterE@mmm.ca).
Yours very truly,
MMM Group Limited, a WSP company
Lincoln MacDonald, P.Eng. Consultant Project Manager
cc: Ms. Kate Green, P.Eng., Senior Project Engineer – MTO Eastern Region Mr. Kevin Ogilvie, Senior Environmental Planner – MTO Eastern Region Ms. Nadia Diczki, P.Eng., Consultant Design Manager – MMM Group Ltd. Ms. Anita Sott, Consultant Environmental Planner – MMM Group Ltd.