Hunt Club Widening

Hunt Club Widening

Status: The City is currently working on a revised design for the intersection that will improve conditions for transit, walking, and cycling. In Fall 2023, the design will undergo a Road Safety Audit (RSA), where it will be reviewed by a third-party specialist, with recommendations made to improve the safety of the design. Public consultation is  planned to occur after the audit is complete. (Updated October 14, 2023)

Summary

The City has proposed a project to spend $2 million to modify the intersection of Bank Street and Hunt Club Road, a major intersection bordering South Keys Centre. The project as initially proposed includes widening the eastbound approach to add a third eastbound lane that continues to Albion Road and adding a new sidewalk and eastbound cycle track adjacent to the widening. BSKC reviewed the initial proposal and did not support it. The original proposal was inconsistent with the Community Design Plan for the area, worsened conditions for vulnerable road users, offered poor value-for-money, all to save drivers an expected 20 seconds of travel time for a cost of $2 million. Our full rationale can be found in BSKC’s letter to the City, dated May 19, 2022.

A substantial number of collisions occur at Bank and Hunt Club. Compared with other intersections in Ottawa, Bank and Hunt Club ranks 13th, with 139 collisions occurring between 2015 and 2019. Any City investment in this intersection must make a deliberate effort to improve its safety.

Thanks to the advocacy of BSKC, with the support of the community associations and Councillor Bradley, the City has progressed a revised design that addresses all modes of travel. Designs should become publicly available in late 2023 or early 2024.

Our Actions:

  • After learning about the project via Councillor Deans’ blog in February 2022, BSKC contacted the Councillor’s office and requested a public meeting be held (one had not initially been planned)
  • On April 21, 2022, several BSKC members attended the virtual public meeting hosted by the City and Councillor Deans and asked several detailed questions
  • Following the meeting, BSKC formed our opinion on the project and submitted a letter to the City on May 19, 2022, as well as published a blog post to our website on May 20, 2022
  • In early 2023, thanks to the efforts of Councillor Bradley, we learned that the City has agreed to pursue a more comprehensive design for the intersection to improve conditions for all modes of travel
  • In September 2023, BSKC successfully advocated for the City to conduct a Road Safety Audit (RSA) of the proposed design, which will ensure that a qualified road safety professional reviews and recommends improvements to the design

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