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Transit Committee

Comité du transport en commun


16 March 2010 / 16 mars 2010


Submitted by / Soumis par: Nancy Schepers, Deputy City Manager/Directrice municipale adjointe,

Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability/Services d’infrastructure et Viabilité des collectivités


Contact Person / Personne ressource : Vivi Chi, Manager/Gestionnaire, Transportation Planning/Planification des transports, Planning and Growth Management/Urbanisme et Gestion de la croissance

(613) 580-2424 x21877,


Capital (17)

Ref N°: ACS2009-ICS-PGM-0046




Rideau Canal multi-use crossing near CleGg Street and Fifth Avenue:  Environmental Assessment Study - Statement of Work









That Transportation Committee approve the Statement of Work for the Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing near Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue: Environmental Assessment Study as detailed in Document 1.




Que le Comité des transports approuve l’énoncé de travail de l’évaluation environnementale relative à la passerelle polyvalente du canal Rideau près de la rue Clegg et de l’avenue Fifth, décrite dans le document 1.





The origins of a Rideau Canal crossing near Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue dates back to the Holt Plan (1915); the Greber Plan (1950); and National Capital Commission plans (1968).  A ferry operated for several decades in this vicinity until circa 1950.  Through the 1950s and 1960s the National Capital Commission (NCC) annually constructed a wooden footbridge in the winter months between Herridge Street and Second Avenue.  With the loss of these seasonal crossings, pedestrians and cyclists have had to detour to either the Pretoria Bridge (850 metres north) or the Bank Street Bridge (1.25 kilometres south).


In recognizing the need for greater community connectivity between the Glebe and Old Ottawa East/South, a Canal crossing at Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue has been added to the Ottawa Cycling Plan (2008), the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (2009) and the Draft Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan (2009).  In June 2009, Council directed staff to include sufficient funds for an Environmental Assessment of the Clegg/Fifth Avenue footbridge in the 2010 budget as part of the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan approval process.


The Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the City Strategic Plan all support sustainable and active transportation solutions with an emphasis on connecting communities and increasing intensification inside the greenbelt. 


In November 2009, Council directed that an international design competition be undertaken for a new urban park for the Lansdowne Revitalization.  This design competition has been initiated in partnership with the NCC and Parks Canada.  The Request For Proposal (RFP) was released to five design teams invited to submit design proposals for this urban park.  The RFP contains the option for the design teams to include a pedestrian bridge connection between the Glebe and Old Ottawa East/South in the vicinity of Lansdowne.  This was left open as an option in the RFP in recognition of the significant benefits that such a connection could provide to both the communities and for the Lansdowne Revitalization project. 


A Clegg/Fifth Avenue footbridge would connect the communities of the Glebe, Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South in a way that is more direct and safe than existing conditions.  It will also promote healthy active transportation and will help to reduce road congestion and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.  A preliminary scan of land uses on both sides of the Canal within the Study Area (Figure 1 in Document 1) suggests that a new bridge in this vicinity would provide numerous benefits for area schools (such as:  Lady Evelyn, Immaculata, St. Paul’s University, First Avenue, Corpus Christi, Muchmor), businesses, and residents alike.  Following the success of the recent Rideau Canal Corktown Footbridge, a new crossing of the Rideau Canal near Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue is expected to achieve comparable results.


Prior to initiating the consultant selection process for the Environmental Assessment, staff require approval from Committee on the scope of the work for the Study. 




The Statement of Work (SoW) is described in Document 1.  It outlines the tasks to be undertaken for the Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing near Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue: Environmental Assessment Study, including consultation, and upon approval from Transportation Committee will form the basis for a call for proposals to the consulting industry.


This project will be carried out as a Schedule ‘C’ Class Environmental Assessment (EA) as set out in the Municipal Engineers Association: “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” document. 


The EA study area will primarily encompass the Rideau Canal between Pretoria Avenue and Bank Street including the lands approximately 500 metres to the east and west, as shown in Document 1 (Figure 1).  However, some study tasks will require examination of a broader area, beyond these limits in order to address environmental impacts and operational issues; to coordinate with relevant completed or on-going studies and projects (Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan, Ottawa Cycling Plan, Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, Lansdowne Revitalization, etc.) and to study and identify tie-ins to future network connections including drainage and environmental influences.


Key objectives for the study include the following:


·           To assess the need for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing;

·           To define the design guidelines/parameters, and aesthetic criteria;

·           To examine potential crossing locations and their impacts on the surrounding areas;

·           To determine a recommended location for the crossing;

·           To produce a functional design for the recommended crossing;

·           To establish mitigation measures, where required;

·           To establish a cost estimate for the total project (for budgetary and funding purposes);

·           To provide recommendations on the pursuance of the project;

·           To establish the project approvals processes.


Potential Issues


·         UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Site

Due to the recognition of the Rideau Canal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site, it is expected that there will be significant interests from various stakeholders (NCC, Parks Canada).  Both the NCC and Parks Canada, through the Lansdowne Urban Park Design Competition RFP have indicated support of pursuing such a connection, which in addition to satisfying Provincial EA requirements will also need to satisfy Federal EA Act requirements.  Also, it would be subject to additional processes to ensure the integrity of the Rideau Canal system as a World Heritage Site.


·         Parking

A Clegg/Fifth Avenue footbridge has the potential of increasing on-street parking demand in the communities of Old Ottawa East/South, particularly when special events occur at Lansdowne Park.


·         Intersection control

The intersections of Queen Elizabeth Drive/Fifth Avenue and Colonel By Drive/Clegg Street may require intersection control measures to allow users of the new footbridge to safely cross the Driveways.




It is expected that it will take approximately 24 months after contract award to complete this study.  This timeline is consistent with industry practice for projects of this scope and takes into account the City’s experience gained with the planning of the Corktown Footbridge.




The study will examine and evaluate the project’s effects on social, physical and natural environments within the study area.  Appropriate mitigation measures will be developed and post mitigation environmental impacts will also be determined.








The study will involve stakeholders, including local community/interest groups, property owners, businesses, area schools and approval agencies.  Early in the study process, community stakeholders will be identified through liaison with the Ward Councillor.


Consultation with the general public will occur principally through public meetings, but also through the project web page, e-mail and additional meetings as required.


It should be noted that a community-based advocacy group called the Midtown Footbridge Group has been established and has been organizing and documenting support for this project over the last two years.  




Councillor Doucet states that there has been local enthusiasm for a pedestrian/cyclist connection across the Rideau Canal in the vicinity of Fifth Avenue for many years.  The Community Associations directly affected by this proposed bridge (Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South and the Glebe) have all passed resolutions in favour of a pedestrian/cyclist connection.  The Pretoria and Bank St. bridges are separated by a kilometre.  A pedestrian bridge in the vicinity of Fifth and Clegg would reduce the walk time from 30 or 45 minutes to between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the origin and destination of the trip.  The great advantage this proposed bridge creates for pedestrian movement can be imagined when one considers the Somerset pedestrian bridge is only 400 meters from the Laurier St. bridge, yet it carries about 3,000 pedestrians a day.  The nearest bridge to the proposed pedestrian bridge is about half a kilometre. 


The proposed bridge will reduce automobile use, create a busier pedestrian and cycling environment and safer, more lively community streets by increasing pedestrian and cycling use for all ages.




There are no legal/risk management impediments to implementing the recommendations in this report.




The recommendations contained herein directly supports the following objectives of the City Strategic Plan adopted by Council on 11 July 2007:


A1     Improve the City’s transportation network to afford ease of mobility, keep pace with growth, reduce congestion and work towards modal split targets

D3     Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20 per cent by 2012

E6     Require walking, transit and cycling oriented communities and employment centres








Funds are available to undertake this Study in account 905390 (Pedestrian Missing Links Studies).




Document 1    Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing near Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue: Environmental Assessment Study – Statement of Work




Following Committee approval of the attached Statement of Work, staff from the Planning and Growth Management Department will commence the consultant selection process with the assistance of the Supply Management. 



STATEMENT OF WORK                                                                                   DOCUMENT 1



City of Ottawa

Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing near Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue:

Environmental Assessment Study





1.                  INTRODUCTION


The City of Ottawa is initiating an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing over the Rideau Canal.  This crossing would connect the west side of the Canal, in the vicinity of Fifth Avenue, to the east side of the canal in the vicinity of Clegg Street, as shown in Figure 1.  The City will work together with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and Parks Canada to determine the most suitable crossing design.


This Statement of Work (SoW) describes the City’s intentions with respect to the methodology, public consultation and deliverables for this study and will form the basis for a Request for Proposal for consultant services – upon approval from Transportation Committee.


FIGURE 1- General Study Area



As the City is the proponent for this undertaking, this project is subject to the Ontario Environmental Assess Act (OEAA).  Federal EA requirements must also be addressed due to a potential requirement for use of federal lands, permits and funding.  All relevant environmental inventories and analysis undertaken for this assignment will be of sufficient scope to satisfy both federal and provincial EA requirements.


2.                  PROJECT OBJECTIVES


The following are the objectives of the Project:


·           To assess the need for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing;

·           To define the design guidelines/parameters, and aesthetic criteria;

·           To examine potential crossing locations and their impacts on the surrounding areas;

·           To determine a recommended location for the crossing;

·           To produce a functional design for the recommended crossing;

·           To establish mitigation measures, where required;

·           To establish a cost estimate for the total project (for budgetary and funding purposes);

·           To provide recommendations on the pursuance of the project;

·           To establish the project approvals processes.


3.                  SCOPE OF WORK


The Project will proceed in stages to achieve the stated objectives.  The sequential components include:  Study Design; Environmental Assessment (provincial and federal); and Project Costs and Schedule.


3.1              Study Design


At the start of the study, a Study Design will be developed which will identify, in detail, the key components and activities of the project and expected deliverables. This Study Design will identify and clarify what the main issues are, how they might be addressed, and how project resources might be spent most effectively.


The Study Design will be used to guide the Project.  As a minimum, it will include:


·           A project organization chart including roles and responsibilities of partner organizations;

·           The methodology for conducting the study, including design and aesthetic criteria;

·           The public/stakeholder consultation strategy;

·           Study schedule including the identification of decision and approval milestones;

·           Approval process/flowchart (from start of Study to the finalization of detail design and commencement of construction).


The design and aesthetic criteria component of the Study will include, but not be limited to, the following tasks:


·       Identify the user groups who will use this facility, and their specific design requirements;

·       Scope the potential issues associated with the proposed connection on the Rideau Canal Management Plan and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and identify possible mitigation measures that may have to be undertaken to ensure compatibility;


·       Determine the NCC’s and Parks Canada’s maximum permissible impact envelope of the proposed structure on the vistas, views, and cones of vision from the appropriate locations within the Rideau Canal corridor;


·       Develop the design parameters and criteria for the Canal crossing, the landing on both sides of the Canal, and the connections to the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Colonel By Drive and the Canal corridor pathway systems;


·       Determine the appropriate dimensions for the crossing elements;


·       Define the location and alignment parameters for the proposed crossing, including the east and west landing locations;


·       Establish the desirable or minimum aesthetic parameters that will address the NCC’s and Parks Canada’s concerns;


·       Develop, in general terms, the criteria and appearance of the Crossing materials, including the treatment of the landing areas and connections to Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive;


·       Identify all of the conditions and restrictions associated with the construction and operation of the proposed pedestrian bridge across the Rideau Canal, including the impacts on the Canal operations as a navigable waterway;


·       Identify all jurisdictional, operational, and maintenance associated responsibilities for the proposed pedestrian connection;


·       Assess any pedestrian bridge crossing proposals/designs that may be submitted by the winning design team for the Lansdowne urban park design competition to determine how the proposal could respond to the requirements determined through the EA.


3.2              Environmental Assessment Study


The environmental assessment is initiated following the completion of the Project Planning stage.  This undertaking will comply with both federal and provincial EA regulations.


The EA must include:


·      Confirmation of need for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing of the Canal;

·      Inventory and analysis of existing conditions (social, economic, physical, natural environments);

·      Development of crossing locations options;

·      Development of evaluation criteria for assessing crossing locations options;

·      Development of a comprehensive evaluation process for assessment;

·      Evaluation and selection of the preferred crossing location;

·      Development of alternative designs for the preferred crossing location;

·      Development of evaluation criteria for assessing the alternative designs;

·      Development of a comprehensive evaluation process for the assessment of the alternative designs;

·      Evaluation and selection of the preferred design;

·      Assessment of operational and maintenance matters;

·      Development of a functional design for the recommended Crossing; and

·      Development of a mitigation plan.


The EA will assess all effects (and cumulative impacts) that this project may have on the environments.  It will investigate stormwater management issues, undertake geotechnical studies, develop landscaping and lighting plans, and identify all property requirements (including encroachments, leases and licensing requirements).  Comprehensive consultation with the public, stakeholders, and government agencies will take place throughout the course of this study.


The Study findings and recommended design with mitigation plans will be presented to Transportation Committee for approval.


The Environmental Study Report (ESR) will be prepared to document the entire study process including the recommended design, mitigation plans, implementation and staging plan, EA amending procedure, commitments to future action and including external approvals known to be required.  This ESR will be placed on the public record for a 30-day review period.  Copies of the ESR will be made available for public viewing at local public libraries, university and college libraries, City Hall, Client Service Centres and the MOE Regional and/or District Office.


A federal Project Description Report will be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the federal Responsible Authorities.  The report will include enough information on potential impacts, mitigation measures and conceptual compensation strategies to allow the federal agencies to conclude on the significance of environmental effects at this early planning stage.


3.3              Project Cost and Schedule


A cost estimate for the Crossing based on the preferred design will be developed for budgetary and funding purposes.  A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) format will be used for scoping and costing of the project elements such as property, construction, detailed design, project management, construction supervision, contingencies, and escalation.


A preliminary construction-sequencing schedule will also be developed.



A detailed consultation program will be developed as part of the Study Design.  Similar to other major EA studies, a Public Consultation Group and an Agency Consultation Group will be formed to enable meaningful consultation with stakeholders at key stages in the study.  A minimum of three Public Meetings/Open Houses with the general public will augment the Consultation Group meetings.  Presentations to the NCC’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design, and Realty will also be required.


Notification of Study Commencement, public meetings/open houses and filing of the ESR (Notice of Completion) will be advertised in the daily newspapers, and community papers where appropriate, and on the project website.  The project website will also be updated with information as the study progresses, including display board information from the public open houses.  Project Update Newsletters will be made available at the open houses and on the website.  Consultation summary reports will also be compiled following each public meeting/open house event.




The deliverables of this study include:

·         Public Meetings/Open House Summary Reports;

·         Project Web Page data – as required;

·         Project Update Newsletters – for distribution at Public Meetings/Open Houses;

·         Functional design drawings of the preferred crossing (including plans, profiles, structural general arrangement drawings, utility relocation details, stormwater management plans, landscape and lighting design plans, property requirement plans);

·         Project implementation/staging plan, which will identify all future approval requirements (such as those for federal land acquisitions, easements, and permits);

·         Project capital and maintenance costs in WBS format;

·         Approvals in principal as required by regulatory agencies; and

·         The Environmental Study Report (ESR).