WELCOME Public Information Centre #3 Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment of the Riverside Drive Corridor Wednesday, May 24, 2006 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Drop-In Discussions 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Drop-In Discussions 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Question Period Please Sign In So you are on the Project Also, visit the project Mailing List for future notices web site at: and information www.windsorEAs.ca The Primary Study Area Primary Study Area Secondary Study Area Riverside Drive from Rosedale Avenue near the Ambassador Bridge, east to the Town of Tecumseh border Purpose of this Meeting Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project The purpose of this meeting is to present the recommended Improvement Program for Riverside Drive that can be implemented over the next 10 years. The public is invited to: This Improvement Program will: •Review the recommended improvement plans 1. Accommodate traffic volumes, speeds and displayed along the wall; vehicle types that are conducive to the Scenic •Read the explanation text on the display Drive and Civic Way role of Riverside Drive boards; through the City of Windsor, and through the residential sections of the route; •Ask questions of study team members in 2. Encourage traffic to divert to alternative attendance today; routes; •Make suggestions about the Improvement 3. Enhance the visual quality and streetscape Program; and consistency of Riverside Drive through design •Complete a Comment Sheet. guidelines; and 4. Improve safety conditions for all Riverside Drive users along the route, including the use of Traffic Calming where appropriate. Alternative Solutions Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project The Environmental Assessment process requires Use modern roundabouts or Cannot be accommodated that alternative solutions to the problem or traffic circles. on Riverside Drive. opportunity under study be identified and Use raised median islands Recommended evaluated, as presented at the Public Information Centres on May 10 and December 7, 2005: Use minimum roadway Recommended geometry standards Alternative Solutions Recommendation Improve intersection Recommended Widen Riverside Dr. to increase Not Recommended operations along the Drive traffic capacity Accommodate safe cycling Recommended Reduce Riverside Dr. traffic Recommended and pedestrian movement capacity along Riverside Drive Use passive measures and Recommended Accommodate safe cycling Not Recommended – no traffic calming on Riverside Dr. only on off-road paths along space available to divert traffic to other routes Riverside Drive Use obstructive measures like Not Recommended Improve safe pedestrian Recommended road closures to force Riverside crossing opportunities at Dr. traffic to other routes appropriate locations Use traffic control measures Not Recommended Better manage how and when Part of other Windsor where not warranted people travel transportation plans Do Nothing about Riverside Not Recommended Use speed humps to slow traffic Not Recommended Drive traffic problems. Program Elements Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project NODES: N-2 nodes are located at prominent pedestrian crossing locations, usually associated with riverfront parks, where Intersection Nodes are selected intersections and mid-block locations Pedestrian Signals (IPS) are activated by pedestrians to cross. The along Riverside Drive where special treatments will improve road surface at the intersection is coloured as a visual warning. crossing safety and visual appearance, and help to slow These are recommended at 21 locations. vehicle speeds. Three types of nodes are recommended, as shown on the Improvement Program Plans on the wall: N-1 are located only at existing signalized intersections. These 7 nodes are located at Church, Ouellette, between Goyeau and McDougall, Glengarry, Walker, Pillette and Riverdale. Each includes a raised and coloured surface max 3" above the regular road surface with tapered edges acting as both a visual and physical traffic calming feature for traffic Typical N-2 Node moving through the intersection. Other associated streetscape features would include public art, lighting and N-3 nodes are located at less prominent locations that still attract signage to signify these as special locations along the Drive. pedestrian crossings, such as at riverfront parkland. A median refuge is located in the middle of the street to facilitate crossings and help slow traffic speed. Eleven (10) locations are recommended. Typical N-1 Node Typical N-3 Node Program Elements Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project TRAFFIC CALMING: TRAFFIC DIVERSION: The traffic calming features at Nodes are intended to Opportunities to slow, or “calm” traffic on Riverside encourage traffic to divert from Riverside Drive to Drive are provided by physical and visual warnings Wyandotte Street or other appropriate routes. This from raised intersections, coloured surfaces, marked diversion is facilitated by the addition of exclusive turn crosswalks and raised medians located in Nodes. lanes at Walker Road, Strabane and Florence. STREET RECONSTRUCTION: Sections of Riverside Drive that are in fair/poor condition will be reconstructed, including: • Devonshire to Montreuil; • George to Ford; • Esdras to St. Rose; and • Lauzon to east boundary with special safety improvements in the Lauzon to Dieppe section. Works will include subsurface and surface reconstruction, bike lanes, consistent barrier curbs and sidewalk upgrades and additional north side sidewalks along public parkland (see Program Plans on the wall). Program Elements Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project BIKE LANES: ADDED SIDEWALKS: An exclusive, marked on-road bike lane is The Improvement Program recommends the addition of recommended on both sides of Riverside Drive standard sidewalks along the north edge of Riverside along the entire length from Rosedale Avenue to Drive at locations along selected public parkland, as the east City boundary as recommended in the shown on the Program Plans. City’s Bicycle Use Master Plan. These lanes are These sidewalks would be linked to the existing south intended to serve both commuter cyclists, and side sidewalks by crossing features provided by the recreational cyclists who are comfortable cycling strategically located Nodes. on the street. Existing off road trails through the waterfront parkland and along the Ganatchio Trail will serve more passive recreational cycling and mixed trail traffic of all ages. Bike lanes are recommended as the safest way of accommodating existing and latent cyclist travel demands along Riverside Drive based on professional transportation guidelines and extensive examples from other cities, and are supported by Windsor Official Plan policies. NOTE: Bike lanes can fit within the existing Riverside Drive right-of-way without the need for any acquisition of private residential property. Program Elements Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE: 3. Huron Church to Cameron An important element of the City’s Central Riverfront Implementation Plan is the construction of a pedestrian promenade along the north edge of Riverside Drive from Huron Church Road to Lincoln. Plans for this promenade are included in this project so its construction can be coordinated the Riverside Drive Improvement Program. The promenade is planned in 4 parts: 1. Caron to Parent 2. Cameron to Caron 4. Parent to Lincoln Program Impacts Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project Program Element Impacts Nodes: - Improved safety at main pedestrian / cyclists crossing locations. - Visually consistent streetscape features such as street lighting, signage. - Provide locations for public art. - Intersection Pedestrian Signals at N-2 nodes expected to delay the progression of traffic, extending travel time and encouraging use of alternative routes from through trips. - Some encroachment into abutting public parkland, especially at N-3 nodes with raised centre median. - No requirement for private property acquisition. Traffic Calming: -Subtle types of traffic calming being proposed. - No major vertical deflections such as speed humps, or horizontal deflections such as bump-outs that would impact emergency response. Traffic Diversion: - Addition of exclusive turn lanes provide more opportunities to divert Riverside Drive traffic to alternative routes to avoid the impacts of nodes and traffic calming features. - Traffic capacity of Riverside Drive is not being increased. - Essex County plans to widen Manning and Banwell will create more diversion capacity between Riverside and Wyandotte. - Wyandotte has excess capacity to carry more traffic. Program Impacts Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project Program Element Impacts Street Reconstruction: -Standard reconstruction impacts to be further identified at detailed design and construction stages. - Barrier curbs will prevent encroachment of private property activities (e.g. parking) onto the public road right-of-way. Bike Lanes: - Fit within existing road right-of-way without acquiring any abutting private residential property. - Provides consistent separation of cycling and motorized traffic. - Provides safe cycling for both recreational and utilitarian cyclists. - Serves major cycling destinations along waterfront. - Widened road surface will involve 22 existing street trees on public property: 8 expected retained; 3 retained if the sidewalk is realigned onto abutting private property; and 11 are expected to be removed/replaced (see specific location information on the Tree Impact exhibit.) Add Sidewalks: - New north side sidewalks along parkland will provide a more secure option for walking along the waterfront parkland. - No impact on private residential property. Pedestrian Promenade - High capital cost attributed to ground slopes along north edge of road. - Need to relocate existing trails in some sections of promenade. - Functional / visual continuity along north side of Drive in the core. Riverside Drive Summary: Impact on Close Street Trees Vista Improvement Project NOTE: Preliminary Evaluation Results CLOSE TREES RETAINED – owing to sufficient setback from proposed new Riverside Drive surface: • 5575 Riverside Dr. @ Villaire 1 tree • 5615 Riverside Dr. @ Villaire 2 trees • 5635 Riverside Drive b/w Villaire and St. Louis 1 tree • 211 St. Louis Ave at Riverside Dr. 3 trees • 7279 Riverside Dr. @ Belleperche Pl. 1 tree 8 Close Street Trees Expected to be Retained CLOSE TREES RETAINED – owing to sidewalk realignment: • 4221 Riverside Dr. @ Rossini Blvd. 1 tree • 5325 Riverside Dr. @ Ford Blvd. 1 tree • SE Corner Riverside Dr./Thompson 1 tree 3 Close Street Trees that could be Retained CLOSE TREES REMOVED & REPLACED • 5340 Riverside Dr. east of Ford Blvd. 3 trees • 5745-5777 Riverside Dr. east of St. Louis Ave. 7 trees • 7279 Riverside Dr. @ Belleperche Pl. 1 tree 11 Close Street Trees expected to require Removal and Replacement Next Steps Riverside Drive Vista Improvement Project • Review comments from PIC #3 • Confirm the recommended elements of the Improvement Program • Confirm staging, cost and mitigation measures required for the Program • Complete the Environmental Study Report and submit to City Council for consideration (June, 2006) • Issue Notice of Study Completion and 30 day public review period (July, 2006) • Provide opportunity for Phase II Order request to Minister of the Environment • City Council decision (timing to be determined).
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