I would like to remind residents that Johnwoods Street will be permanently closing on November 15th. Commuters are encouraged to use Huntmar Road and other alternate routes.
I have continued to receive questions and comments on this road closure and working with staff I have the following information that I can share with the community.
Traffic Calming Measures
- Flex stakes were installed this week on Rosehill Drive, these are temporary and were installed by the developer. In my electronic newsletter last week, I advised the community that the long term plan is for chicanes to be permanently installed on the street next year – chicanes are a proven form of traffic calming which narrows a roadway to encourage drivers to slow down.
- In addition, there are already plans underway to have a speed board in this area on the street as soon as it is received.I will also be requesting additional Police presence in the area after Johnwoods closes.
- This week, I met with Transportation Staff regarding traffic calming for the other portions of Rosehill Drive and this will be included for traffic calming initiatives as well.
- Permanent traffic calming measures are done through the Area Traffic Management (ATM) group at the City. For a roadway to receive permanent traffic calming measures, it first must meet a set of Council approved screening criteria. If a roadway does meet the screening criteria, it is then prioritized against other locations that have also meet the screening criteria. It is difficult to say when a roadway that meets the screening criteria will receive permanent traffic calming measures. Approximately seven studies are done a year by the ATM group and at last count they had over 40 locations on their list of locations eligible for review with more locations being added that can change the priority ranking.
- Traffic counts have already been done for the area and in addition to those counts, the City is also collecting data through the use of road tubes (ATR) which collect speed and volume data (this is planned for this Fall, weather permitting).
- As referenced in the documents on my website, there was a Traffic Impact Study completed for the Fairwinds West subdivision (33 Johnwoods) and this study has been available on the City of Ottawa Development Application website. In addition, there was also a traffic review done for the temporary and permanent traffic calming measures installed on the street. The City did undertake traffic counts recently in the area (including on a Senators game night) and will conduct traffic counts after the closure as well. I also had a private consultant conduct a traffic count on Johnwoods.
- After the traffic count following the closure is completed, I will share all this information with the community.
- Rosehill was built and planned as a collector road which has the capacity to hold additional traffic volume and can accommodate buses as well. While I sympathize with residents on Rosehill that they may not have realized the road was planned for this, it was noted in the development plans for the subdivisions and in the purchase and sale agreements.
- In the subdivision agreement (instrument number OC1658889) for the Mattamy’s Fairwinds West subdivision (draft approved on October 2013 and registered on August 13, 2014), both Rosehill Avenue and Santolina Street have been identified for potential transit services.
- Rosehill Avenue between Huntmar Drive and Johnwoods Street is designated as a Collector street within the City’s Transportation Master Plan and is planned to function as a connection between Huntmar Drive and Johnwoods Street.
- Rosehill Avenue, beginning with the portion within the original Mattamy Fairwinds subdivision (draft approved in 2006) has always been built to a 21.5 metre right of way width, with sidewalks on both sides and designed to accommodate bus traffic.
As I disclosed last year, the City did make an oversight in not completing the last stage of the consultation before granting the final decision to close the road. However, this road closure was considered because of the complaints from residents through the Kanata West Concept Plan discussions when the Fairwinds West development application was submitted. I encourage you to review the reports such as the Delegated Authority Report and the Traffic Impact Study where the residents’ concerns are noted.
If you would like additional background information please visit my website at shadqadri.com/johnwoods-closure. The documents on my website include detailed information regarding the decision to close Johnwoods and in the reports there is also a summary of the concerns raised by the residents in the area which led to the recommendation to close the road.