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 Studycompleted 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 Reportand 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.
I have received a number of questions and comments from residents regarding the Johnwoods Street Closure which will be taking place on November 15th. For background, including information on the decision to close the road, I encourage residents to ensure they have reviewed the information posted on my website here.
Working with City staff, the following responses have been prepared for some of the questions that have been raised. I am continuing to work with City staff on the questions that have been raised and will share more information with the community in the coming weeks as we move forward in this process.
There have been requests for a delay to the closure and at this time there are no plans to delay the closure of the road. It is anticipated that this entire project will be completed by the end of June 2018.
Linear Park Design Comments:
- Some residents have requested an extension to the comment deadline for the design details of the park. The deadline for design comments has been extended until November 30th, 2017.
- Following the deadline of November 30th, comments will be consolidated and reviewed. Responses and any revisions will be posted in my eNewsletter.
- Residents have raised concerns with some of the road conditions in the area. Santolina and the portion of Rosehill within the Fairwinds West subdivision is complete with top lift of asphalt. Top lift on the remaining portion of Rosehill is estimated for summer 2018 due to continuous work on the Poole Creek subdivision. The barricade on Rosehill will be open without the top lift being completed. A request has been placed with Tartan to help fix some of the potholes near Rosehill and Warmstone to provide a better driving condition.
- There have been inquiries regarding the classifications of roads in this area and on the map it notes that Maple Grove Road is a Major Collector Road and that the southern portion of Johnwoods and Rosehill are classified as Collector Roads. A reminder that an extensive list of all road classifications in Stittsville is available on the “Ward Maps” section of my website under the “Community” header or by clicking here.
- Rosehill and Santolina were designed to accommodate transit service and this was also noted in the purchase and sales agreements of the homes on these streets.
Rosehill Traffic Calming:
- Rosehill Drive will have traffic calming measures installed on the street. Please see the map available here, showing the location of the permanent and temporary traffic calming measures planned for the street.
- The long term permanent plan is to have traffic calming chicanes installed on the street. These will be installed once the entire street receives the top lift of asphalt in 2018. The final design for these is in the process of being completed and will be shared with the community once complete.
- In the interim, by November 8th there will be flex stakes placed in 5 locations on Rosehill Drive. These will remain in place until the snow falls this season and if necessary will be re-installed in the Spring 2018 before the chicanes are installed.
Traffic Counts for Johnwoods
- Transportation staff are reviewing the traffic data submitted by the community. This data is being compared to the City’s existing data as well as data which I contracted to have done on the street. The City’s Transportation Department has also recently taken a traffic count during Ottawa Senators home games and this data is currently being processed.
Closure Notice Signage
- Portable visual messaging signage (PVMS) has been installed in a number of locations as of November 2nd to advise commuters of the road closure.
Update to Mapping Programs
- The City’s mapping program will be updated and the City has also been in contact with mapping agencies such as Google Maps.
Starting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Johnwoods Street will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic from Maple Grove Road to Rosehill Avenue and will be rebuilt as a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.
This work will add a safe and accessible recreational amenity, more greenspace and direct connections for pedestrians and cyclists in your community. The pathway will also enhance privacy and livability for nearby residents by reducing vehicle traffic noise and headlight glare.
I encourage residents to please review the following documents which have also been mailed to residents in the immediate area.
For additional background on this project including more information on the decision to close the road please review the following documents that were shared with residents in 2016.
Please review the following documents for more information on plan to convert Johnwoods Street from Rosehill to Maple Grove into a linear park. Please note my letter to residents will also be mailed to residents in the immediate area of the site.