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Lake Louise Blvd and Northlake Traffic Calming

Update - 2018 Traffic Monitoring

Traffic monitoring was conducted this past spring to determine what impacts the traffic calming plan had on traffic speeds. Information to date is provided in the table below.

   
2015
2018
Site #
Location
Speed
AADT~
Speed*
AADT~
1 Between Sandbanks & Inverhuron 50.5 km/h 2500 52.4 km/h 2365
2 Between Sandbanks & Coldstream 57.2 km/h 1660 52.2 km/h  968
3 Between Coldstream & Rockpoint 59.2 km/h 1517 52.5 km/h 1118 
4 Between Glacier & Sandbanks 57.0 km/h 1163 52.3 km/h 1274
5 Between Waterton & Pinery 65.7 km/h 886 51.8 km/h 807
6 Between Pinery & Kelso 54.8 km/h 838 52.1 km/h 755

Approved plan

Construction is targeted to start on or about July 4, 2017 and will take approximately four weeks to complete, weather permitting. As the work progresses, there will be some disruptions to local traffic including short term road closures, detours and limited access to driveways while work is completed. A notice is being circulated to residents about this construction activity.

The speed humps will look similar to the example below and will be about 80 mm (approximately 3.5 inches) above ground at the highest point. The appropriate signage regarding the speed humps will also be installed. Residents at the selected speed hump locations have been notified and these humps will be constructed after the traffic circles have been installed. Parking on the speed humps is permitted within the designated parking areas.

Image of speed hump

The traffic circles will look similar to the layout below and include crossing islands, sidewalk adjustments and mandatory (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) tactile plates at the pedestrian crossings.

Illustration of a traffic circle

Background

Lake Louise Boulevard

In 2014 , the traffic calming measures planned for Lake Louise Boulevard were deferred to address some technical issues. Over several years, traffic speed surveys have indicated speeds between the high 50s and over 60 km/h. Based on this information, traffic calming measures were put in place. This work was undertaken in June, 2015 and consisted of the addition of permanent on-street parking and bike lanes and three temporary traffic circles, using rubber curbing, at the intersections of:

  • Lake Louise Boulevard and Ellesmere Court;
  • Lake Louise Boulevard and Coldstream Court; and
  • Lake Louise Boulevard and Sandbanks Crescent/Rockpoint Crescent.

A letter to residents regarding this work was circulated in April, 2015. In addition, some of the commonly asked questions received regarding this work, along with responses, are included here for information purposes.

Post-installation traffic speeds were monitored to determine the effectiveness of the new and temporary works. A summary of the results are provided below and included in a letter delivered to residents in the area. On the evening of March 29, 2016, these findings were presented to the community, along with staff's recommendation (see below) that was brought before council on April 11, 2016.  

At the April 11, 2016 council meeting, council deferred the staff recommended traffic calming plan for Lake Louise Boulevard to allow more time to understand the effectiveness of existing raised crosswalks/speed humps in other areas of the city and if they could be applied to Lake Louise Boulevard.

 Summary of Lake Louise Boulevard traffic results

More information

A few years ago, the city completed a number of neighbourhood traffic studies in various parts of the city, with Lake Louise Boulevard being completed back in 2006 and Northlake area completed in 2007. Each study engaged the public, and each developed a plan of traffic calming recommendations for these neighbourhoods that were ultimately approved by city council. Due to changing priorities and budget no measures were installed in this area.

In February 2013, staff received approval to start implementing traffic calming measures, but with many areas to address across the city, we are having to install  these measures in phases due to funding constraints. This project is to install some of those approved measures with the funding available. The consultant's designs are based on those measures approved several years ago.

On Thursday May 8, 2014 a joint public information centre was held in the atrium of Lutherwood complex on Benjamin Road. Area residents were invited to review the design of the plans and discuss issues with staff and the consultant.

Northlake Area

In 2014, the traffic calming measures planned for other areas in Northlake were deferred as they came in over budget. This work has since been re-tendered and the work was completed in 2015. A resident letter was circulated to provide more information. This work consists of constructing pedestrian islands and line striping at some intersection crosswalks.

Public engagement

Public meeting - Oct. 3, 2016

At the April 11, 2016 meeting, city council deferred the staff-recommended Lake Louise Boulevard traffic calming plan. It further directed staff to review before/after traffic data for a similarly functioning street (Auburn Drive) in Waterloo and report back with information to assist in their final decision-making for Lake Louise. Auburn Drive is located within the University Downs neighbourhood and this street was initially planned to receive a similar traffic calming plan (traffic circles and raised crosswalks). However, in 2013, council deferred the circles and directed staff to implement only crosswalks. These were installed in the summer of 2015.

A summary of the before/after traffic data for the University Downs neighbourhood streets is summarized as follows:

  • in three out of six locations the speed increased after installation
  • in one out of six locations the speed decreased after installation
  • in one out of six locations speed stayed approximately the same as before installation
  • in one out of six locations no before speed data is on file

The data shows traffic speeds reduced in only one of the six count locations, highlighting that while the crosswalks had an impact on traffic speeds immediately at the location of the crosswalks, these measures alone had little impact on overall traffic speeds in the neighbourhood. Staff concluded this is due to the excessive distance between the crosswalks. For more information about this project visit the Auburn  University neighbourhood traffic study page.

Based on this information, on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 staff recommended to council that the Lake Louise Boulevard traffic calming plan remain as previously prepared, consisting of three permanent traffic circles supported further by two speed humps. A letter to the community was circulated on this subject.

Public information centre - March 29, 2016

On the evening of March 29, 2016, traffic study data was presented to the community, along with staff's recommendation that will be brought before council on April 11, 2016. A number of questions were answered at this meeting and these questions along with answers are posted below, along with the presentation materials used that night.

Informal walk - Sept. 15, 2015

On Sept. 15, 2015, Cameron Rapp, commissioner of integrated planning and public works, along with our fire chief, Richard Hepditch conducted an informal walkabout on Lake Louise Boulevard to answer any questions about this work.

Public information centre - May 8, 2014

On May 8, 2014, a public information centre was held regarding traffic calming on Lake Louise Boulevard. Approximately 67 residents signed in at this event. Most residents who attended the centre recognized a traffic speeding and safety issue was evident on Lake Louise Boulevard - but most disagreed with the outcomes of the original study. A number of questions and comments were received. A summary of these questions and responses have been prepared and are provided in this letter to residents along with details regarding next steps.

Should you require the following documents in an alternative format to what is provided below, please contact corporate communications at communications@waterloo.ca, 519.747.8731 or TTY at 1.866.786.3941.