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Lynda Lane Memo Jan5 2009

Lynda Lane Memo Jan5 2009

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Consultant's memo about safety on Lynda Lane and options (Jan. 5, 2009)
Consultant's memo about safety on Lynda Lane and options (Jan. 5, 2009)

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Ms. Carol Holmes – Project Manager City of Ottawa
Andrew Harkness - Project Manager Morrison Hershfield Limited
Lynda Lane Planning Study Progress Report / Evaluation Results
January 5, 2009
Project Progress Update
To date, Morrison Hershfield has undertaken the following:
Reviewed previous technical analysis and alternatives evaluation; conducted site reviews and updated site photography; reviewed other background information provided by client (warrants, reports); contacted Parks & Rec and RPAM & obtained plans for new partially implemented Memorial Garden area of Faircrest Park
Conducted initial working meeting with client and project team to review project need &  justification and potential design alternatives
Developed a list of potential design alternatives and draft evaluation criteria; conducted an initial screening of alternatives; reviewed with client
Developed and costed alternatives; conducted qualitative alternatives assessment and identified preferred alternatives; met with client to review
Problem Statement
1. Pedestrian safety has been identified as the key concern by the City of Ottawa due to:
Lack of sidewalks and illumination on Lynda Lane between Billings Avenue and Smyth Road where large numbers of pedestrians walk between parked vehicles and moving vehicles.
The number of pedestrians crossing Smyth Road uncontrolled in the vicinity of Lynda Lane instead of at the existing traffic control signals at Smyth Road and the Ottawa General Hospital Entrance. 2. Traffic control signal warrants have been met twice in the past +/- 8 years. In most years the warrants for traffic control signals have not been met although they are consistently above 90(95)%. Therefore, the justification for traffic control signals at Lynda Lane and Smyth Road is considered to be marginal at this time (particularly vs. other locations within the City where warrants are being consistently and clearly met). In addition, the cost to install signals at this intersection is high due to the need to realign Lynda Lane. 3. It is also important to note that there is a clear demand for low cost and convenient-to-the-Hospital parking for visitors to the Hospital (as is currently available on Lynda Lane). Parking considerations are therefore of importance to this project.
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Alternatives Under Consideration
The following alternatives were considered (see Exhibit 1 which also includes Alt. 4 variations): 1. Do Nothing 2. Ban Parking on Lynda Lane / Provide (Relatively) Low Cost Parking Solution at Hospital 3. Realign Lynda Lane to Connect to Existing Smyth Road / OGH Access Signalized Intersection – Add Sidewalks, Illumination on Lynda Lane / Keep Parking 4. Reconstruct Lynda Lane (on current alignment); Add Sidewalk, Illumination / Keep Parking 5. Add Fenced Median (+/- 150 m) on Smyth Road to make Lynda Lane Right-in / Right-out and Discourage Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossings 6. Construct Triangular Island at Lynda Lane and Smyth Road / Restrict WB & NB Left Turns 7. Add Fence (or other barrier) on North Side of Smyth Road (100 to 150 m) to Discourage Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossings 8. Implement Turning Restrictions at Existing Lynda Lane Intersection (i.e. No EB RT / No WB LT from 7–10 a.m. to Discourage Parking on Lynda Lane 9. Combination of 4. and 7. Above
Evaluation Criteria
The following provides an initial list of Evaluation Criteria that were considered during the evaluation of the above alternatives:
Extent to which uncontrolled pedestrian crossing of Smyth Road is discouraged
Extent to which pedestrian safety concern along Lynda Lane is addressed
Provides low cost parking for short term visitors to Hospital
Addresses traffic control signal warrants
Minimizes potential for non-local traffic cutting-through community
Minimizes potential for out-of-way travel by residents of community
Avoids delays in emergency access to Hospital from community / school (and vice versa)
Minimizes impacts to Faircrest Park
Minimizes construction cost
Maximizes benefit vs. cost
Maximizes Hospital return on investment for their parking facilities
Guides pedestrians to safe crossing points on Hospital Ring Road
Provides equitable distribution of traffic to alternate routes (e.g., Dauphin Road)

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