Kitchener: Ottawa Street Reconstruction: Fischer-Hallman Road to International Place

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Photo showing Ottawa Street west of Fischer-Hallman Road

The Region will be making improvements on Ottawa Street between Fischer-Hallman Road and International Place. The Region has decided to reconsider its plans for this section of Ottawa Street to include multi-use trails. This would result in about 5.5 kilometres of continuous multi-use trails all the way along Ottawa Street from Homer Watson Boulevard to Trussler Road.

Adding multi-use trails to this section of Ottawa Street would require the removal of the existing sidewalks and the removal and replacement of the existing curbs and gutters. With this additional work and the previously planned work, the Project Team has now identified the need for the following repairs and upgrades on Ottawa Street from Fischer-Hallman Road to International Place in Kitchener.

  • Complete replacement of the deteriorated pavement structure.
  • Replace concrete curb and gutter to remove existing cycling lane and reduce the road cross-section.
  • Install a new 3.0m wide multi-use trail on both sides of Ottawa Street from Fischer-Hallman Road to International Place and connect to existing multi-use trails.
  • Upsize the existing 450mm diameter watermain to a 600mm diameter watermain, as well as removal of the existing 450mm watermain.
  • Add a new 150mm diameter local watermain to provide services previously connected to the 450mm diameter watermain.
  • Reconstruct the intersections at International Place and Sunrise Centre entrance, including installation of Detectable Warning Plates to allow barrier-free access at all sidewalk ramp and road crossing locations.

The public is invited to review the improvements being considered for this project, ask Region of Waterloo staff questions, and provide input regarding the design of the improvements being considered.

Please refer to the Document Library to read the Information Package and review drawings showing the Preferred Design Concept.

Feedback can be provided online through the survey below until June 19, 2020. All members of the public that would like project updates please provide your email address on the subscribe button.

If you have specific concerns or questions regarding your property that you would like a response please email Jeff Nyenhuis, P.Eng, Senior Engineer at: jnyenhuis@regionofwaterloo.ca

The Region will be making improvements on Ottawa Street between Fischer-Hallman Road and International Place. The Region has decided to reconsider its plans for this section of Ottawa Street to include multi-use trails. This would result in about 5.5 kilometres of continuous multi-use trails all the way along Ottawa Street from Homer Watson Boulevard to Trussler Road.

Adding multi-use trails to this section of Ottawa Street would require the removal of the existing sidewalks and the removal and replacement of the existing curbs and gutters. With this additional work and the previously planned work, the Project Team has now identified the need for the following repairs and upgrades on Ottawa Street from Fischer-Hallman Road to International Place in Kitchener.

  • Complete replacement of the deteriorated pavement structure.
  • Replace concrete curb and gutter to remove existing cycling lane and reduce the road cross-section.
  • Install a new 3.0m wide multi-use trail on both sides of Ottawa Street from Fischer-Hallman Road to International Place and connect to existing multi-use trails.
  • Upsize the existing 450mm diameter watermain to a 600mm diameter watermain, as well as removal of the existing 450mm watermain.
  • Add a new 150mm diameter local watermain to provide services previously connected to the 450mm diameter watermain.
  • Reconstruct the intersections at International Place and Sunrise Centre entrance, including installation of Detectable Warning Plates to allow barrier-free access at all sidewalk ramp and road crossing locations.

The public is invited to review the improvements being considered for this project, ask Region of Waterloo staff questions, and provide input regarding the design of the improvements being considered.

Please refer to the Document Library to read the Information Package and review drawings showing the Preferred Design Concept.

Feedback can be provided online through the survey below until June 19, 2020. All members of the public that would like project updates please provide your email address on the subscribe button.

If you have specific concerns or questions regarding your property that you would like a response please email Jeff Nyenhuis, P.Eng, Senior Engineer at: jnyenhuis@regionofwaterloo.ca

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    Who will be responsible for shovelling this 3 meter wide multi use trail in the winter? We live in the corner townhouse at Ottawa and Wilderness/International Drive and we are doing it right now. However, we see the city small tractor plowing the corners across the street but never do our side of the intersection. Not sure why that is. Thank you. Gail and Ralph Swan. 60 Wilderness Drive

    Gail Swan asked 6 months ago

    Kitchener Operations staff will provide winter maintenance on any new multi-use trail installed as part of this project. Snow clearing on multi-use trails may not always be to the full width of the multi-use trail due to equipment limitations.

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    Is there no plan to replace this intersection with a traffic circle?!

    Mike B. asked 6 months ago

    Signalized intersections are proposed at the following intersections:

    - Ottawa Street/ Fischer-Hallman Road

    - Ottawa Street/ Entrance to Sunrise Center 

    - Ottawa Street/ International Place

    A roundabout is not proposed at any intersection within the project limits.

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    By the sounds of it. It's the multi use trail is replacing the need for the bike lane, correct? Will there be a dedicated section for a bike lane on the trail?

    pbilk asked 6 months ago

    Yes, the proposed 3.0m wide multi-use trail would replace the existing 1.5m wide on-road bicycle lane and the 1.5m wide sidewalk.  The 3.0m wide multi-use trail will have a solid yellow stripe along the center to separate east and west travel.  Faster moving cyclists or joggers would be expected to pass slower moving walking pedestrians.  It is not proposed to have a dedicated section for cyclists.  Attached is an example of line painting for the proposed multi-use trail.