Barrhaven Road Projects, Councillor Jan Harder, City of Ottawa
Within the City, we try to ensure that population and housing growth pay for the ensuing need for growth in infrastructure. This is normally done through the collection development charges that are received from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees are then taken and put into funds that we use to pay for the cost of infrastructure required in our communities; infrastructure such as roads, transit, water and sewer, community centres and fire and police facilities.
This system of development charges works quite well, most of the time. When there is steady growth at a certain level of density, infrastructure gets installed and expanded as needed to new areas of the City. Problems arise when the rate of growth becomes less predictable. When this happens, bridging projects, or projects that connect communities, run out of funding. Projects get shelved or delayed until growth, or other funding sources are found to complete them.
Now that we have discussed one of our major sources of infrastructure funding, let’s take a look at some of the projects in Barrhaven that have been affected by a lack of funding.
One of the first projects that will be affected will be the widening of Jockvale Road. It was listed as a Phase 2 project in our Transportation Master Plan (TMP), meaning it would be built out between 2020 and 2025. The project would have widened Jockvale Road and had roundabouts at Golflinks Drive and at Prince of Wales Drive. This project has been pushed out to between 2036 and 2031.
Another project is Greenbank Road. Greenbank Road was slated for realignment and widening between Jockvale Road and Cambrian Road as Phase 1 of the TMP. Greenbank would be widened to a 4 lane divided road with sidewalk and bicycle facilities. Now this project has been pushed to 2021-2022.
South of Cambrian Road, Greenbank Road is identified in the TMP Network Concept Plan, projects that are after 2031. However, now that an Environmental Assessment has been completed for the project, it can now have the conceptual designation removed the next time we update the TMP although no specific timeline has been chosen yet.
Barnsdale Road from Greenbank Road to Prince of Wales Drive is not really being considered in the short-term, but the TMP does list it as a conceptual project in post 2031. He project would widen Barnsdale Road to four lanes from the 416 to Prince of Wales Drive, as well as installing a new interchange.
And finally we can turn to Prince of Wales Drive. Currently, there is no plan to work on Prince of Wales Drive between Huntclub Road and Merivale Road until post 2031 due to falling development charges. That would be in conjunction with another widening project for Prince of Wales widening it from Fisher Avenue all the way to Merivale Road. There are some modifications slated for next year though, at Hunt Club Road, Merivale Road, and Blaser intersections as well as a resurfacing from 480m north of Strandherd to Hunt Club Road which will include 2m wide paved shoulders in both directio
I am focussing all the energy I have to keep these projects alive and kicking, trying to move them ahead if I can. Please contact my office and let us know how important these projects are to you and your families. Call my office at 613 580-2473, or email me at Jan.Harder@Ottawa.ca. Reach out on Twitter @barrhavenjan.
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