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January 29th, 2015

145 Spruce Street Parking Assessment

Project

145 Spruce St FigureCastleGlenn Consultants Inc. was retained by Colliers International to evaluate the adequacy of the existing parking supply serving 145 Spruce Street and 160-thru-168 Elm Street. The City of Ottawa had maintained that to bring the existing building use in conformance with current zoning by-laws, the existing supply of parking was deficient and that an application to the Committe of Adjustment would be required. CastleGlenn was engaged to prepare a defense on the basis that the usage of the building was pre-existing and that the current parking supply is adequate and exceeds the requirements of the site.

The project consisted of:

  • A review of existing on-site parking (supply and occupancy).
  • A review of existing floor plans to determine gross floor area by usage.
  • Liaison with the developers’ architect regarding the site layout and parking provisions submitted to the City.
  • Completion of two site visits to:
    • evaluate the occupancy of on-site parking.
    • determine the inventory of on-street parking stalls on adjacent streets and their utilization.
  • Preparation of a letter report responding to the City’s request for a minor variance.
  • Contact with the City to discuss findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Services

Parking analysis, assessment, evaluation and report including justification

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

Colliers International

July 14th, 2014

Malyon Court Subdivision Traffic Evaluation and Assessment (Cornwall, ON)

Project

Castleglenn services involved undertaking a comprehensive traffic evaluation and assessment of the proposed draft plan of a subdivision known as Malyon Court taking into account current design standards, guidelines and practices and preparing  such findings and conclusions for review by the Ontario Municipal Board.

The City of Cornwall passed two re-classification by-laws (By-law No. 64 & 65, 2003) and a Council resolution (No. 11, 2003) to provide a draft plan approval to “lands” known as Malyon Court (Block 18, Registered Plan 399, City of Cornwall).

The proposed Malyon subdivision (30 dwellings + commercial development) borders on the much larger East Ridge subdivision to the south within the City of Cornwall and concern was raised regarding the effect that planned accesses and intersecting roadways would have upon access to the larger planned sub-division.

Services

Travel demand forecasting, functional planning, traffic impact assessment, transportation planning, traffic engineering, preparation of witness statement, preparation of witness boards, expert witness testimony and presentation to Ontario Municipal Board.

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

Cornwall Gravel Co. Ltd

June 2nd, 2014

HWY 2 – Gaetz Avenue Interchange Public Involvement Program (Red Deer, AB)

Project

Castleglenn Consultants was retained by Alberta Transportation to assist with a public involvement program used to unite public support regarding the recommended improvements to the Highway 2 Gaetz Avenue interchange and Gasoline Alley corridor.

CastleGlenn consultants undertook the following tasks:

  • Review of the functional plans proposed by AECOM for the section of Highway 2 between the Gaetz Avenue interchange and the McKenzie Drive interchange;
  • Arrangement of presentations to both the City of Red Deer Council and the Red Deer County Council informing each Council of the evaluated options;
  • Documentation of all Council presentations and/or resolutions;
  • Arrangement of focus group meetings involving property owners and stakeholders within the Gasoline Alley corridor to present results and obtain feedback;
  • Evaluation of options proposed by local business owners;
  • Documentation of all meetings involving stakeholders; and
  • Arrangement of final presentations to the City of Red Deer Council and Red Deer County Council with the goal of achieving a favorable Council resolution.

Services

Transportation planning, traffic engineering, collision analysis, safety review, options evaluation analysis, public involvement/consultation, council and committee presentations.

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

Alberta Transportation Central Region

May 15th, 2014

Infrastructure Needs Background and Sustainable Community Planning Study – Transportation Component (North Bay, ON)

Project

Castleglenn Consultants Inc. was retained by the City of North Bay to undertake a comprehensive review of City’s transportation infrastructures to provide municipal engineers and planners with critical information to support the development of growth management policy.

Council and key municipal departments played an integral role as the project proceeded.  The engineering team addressed the need to identify and evaluate alternative methods and designs for the delivery of transportation infrastructure service. The Castleglenn team brought a fresh perspective to the City’s planning and hard service infrastructure requirements by developing tools which assessed financial sustainability of the proposed infrastructure programme.

As well, transportation planning issues and their resolution was supported by the development of a travel demand model which was used to simulate traffic to the twenty year horizon of the official plan and identify the impacts associated with each of the planned network additions/modifications, new land uses, access and routes.

Services

Traffic impact assessment, traffic modeling and simulation, development of strategic and operational plans, infrastructure assessment, traffic management and access management, sustainability index.

Role & Responsibility

Sub Consultant

Client

City of North Bay

May 15th, 2014

Maitland Ave Bridge Rehabilation Functional Design / Planning Study (Ottawa, ON)

Project

The objective of this functional design / planning study was to ascertain the most appropriate strategy for rehabilitating the Maitland Avenue Bridge over Highway 417.  The strategy was to take into account future impacts such as the advent of Highway 416, the future widening of Highway 417 and the potential to achieve other improvements that could result in savings in concert with the bridge rehabilitation strategy.

The scope of this study included an analysis of traffic forecasts and future operational needs of the interchange.  The study design included a review of all interchange and adjacent intersection movements to identify possible improvements/revisions to the overall interchange concept.  Impacts to utilities and drainage were also considered as part of the analysis.

The study determined a detailed rehabilitation scope as well as related improvements outside of the scope of the immediate rehabilitation inclusive of adjacent intersection improvements.  Several construction options were considered as part of the strategy that included girder removal and off-site coating, on-site scaffolding and the use do zipper barriers.

The study provided a thorough four-stage construction staging strategy that satisfied both the short and long term requirements from an economic, safety and traffic operational perspective. The Ministry implemented the recommended improvements.

Services

Transportation planning, traffic engineering, collision analysis, safety review, geometric design, conceptual costing, functional planning, right-of-way identification, infrastructure assessment, multi-variate factorial analysis, cost-benefit analysis, highway design, park visitation impacts, emergency services, fish migration, traffic delays during construction, alternative interchange impact analysis, travel demand forecasting, design of conceptual staging plans, multi-agency committee presentations.

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

Ministry of Transportation of Ontario

May 15th, 2014

Macdonald Cartier Bridge Detailed Traffic Control Plans (Ottawa, ON)

Project

Castleglenn Consultants was retained to develop a traffic management strategy and traffic control plans to safely accommodate motorists and work personnel during the replacement of the asphalt surface and concrete repairs undertaken on the Macdonald Cartier Bridge.

The 6 lane, 700m long bridge structure is a major corridor connecting the province of Quebec and Ontario over the Ottawa River.  Existing Traffic volumes on the bridge exceed an AADT 40,000 vehicles per day and numerous interchange ramps result in merging operations taking place on approach to the bridge. As such, the traffic management strategy had to remain flexible by limiting construction to off peak periods and accommodating specific traffic control device setup and dismantling sequences.

In preparation of the traffic control plans Castleglenn had to ensure:

  • Temporary condition signs and devices conformed to TAC Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada, the Ministry of Transport of Quebec standards and Ontario Occupation Health and Safety Act for construction projects;
  • A viable staging strategy was developed that allowed a maximum of two lane closures at a time along the bridge;
  • Temporary conditions signs and devices were suited for night time construction and under adverse weather conditions;
  • Appropriate sight distances were available for motorists to see the temporary signs and devices; and
  • Existing traffic signs did  not conflict or provide mixed messages

Services

Traffic control accommodation in work zones

Role & Responsibility

Sub Consultant

Client

Public Works and Government Services Canada

May 15th, 2014

Block “D” Development Peer Review (Kingston, ON)

Project

Castleglenn Consultants was retained to review various initiatives concerning the development of lands known as Block “D” within the City of Kingston. The concerns raised by the City of Kingston‘s Engineering Division included: providing an assessment of the projected traffic volumes, the degree of acceptability concerning the concept of shared parking between office and hotel land uses, the reasonableness of off site road improvements, conformance with City of Kingston parking provisions, the impact to vehicles currently using the vacant Block “D” for off-street parking that would be lost with the advent of the development of the lands and the use of a suggested reduction factor of 40 percent to account for “geographic location and the high proportion of senior residents”.

A Technical Memorandum was prepared that was used to provide answers to the above questions and provide the City of Kingston with the salient information necessary to develop conditions of approval for the subject site.

Services

Traffic impact assessment, traffic operations analysis and review, infrastructure assessment, routing assessment, traffic operations and intersection capacity analysis.

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

City of Kingston

May 14th, 2014

Peer Review – Ontario St and Place d’Armes Intersection (Kingston, ON)

Project

Castleglenn Consultants Inc. was retained by the City of Kingston to review and analyze various concepts for the major gateway Place D’Armes / Ontario St intersection into the City of Kingston.

Castleglenn proposed various suggestions to improve the proposed intersection and developed a concept based on the following criteria:

  • Pedestrian crossing;
  • Heavy vehicles movements;
  • Lane configuration;
  • Level of services (worst case scenario);
  • Yield/stop/traffic signal control;
  • Traffic operations;
  • Aesthetics; and
  • Potential integration with the City of Kingston’s plans and policy objectives.

The design was incorporated into the master-planning for the downtown core and the new Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Services

Transportation planning, traffic impact assessment, infrastructure assessment, traffic operations analysis and review, traffic operations and intersection capacity analysis.

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

City of Kingston

May 14th, 2014

Hawthorne Business Park Transportation Impact Brief Peer Review (Ottawa, ON)

Project

Castleglenn Consultants Inc. was retained by the Ottawa Hawthorne Business Park Association to provide a peer review of a Transportation Brief that addressed a proposed Storage Facility to be located within the south-west quadrant of the Walkley Rd / Hawthorne Rd intersection.

The intent of the review was to provide a professional opinion regarding the traffic operational characteristics likely to be associated with the proposed access strategy as recommended within the Transportation Brief.

The Peer Review provided valuable insight into issues related to appropriate access spacing in proximity to a free flow channelized intersection configuration, conflicting turning movements, weaving distances afforded to heavy vehicle movements and internal traffic circulation characteristics.

Services

Access Management, heaving vehicle loading analysis, traffic operational assessment, infrastructure assessment, review of on-site circulation and geometric design.

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

Ottawa Hawthorne Business Park Association

May 14th, 2014

Town of Arnprior Master Traffic Study (Arnprior, ON)

Project

Castleglenn Consultants Inc. was retained in 2007 to undertake a Master Traffic Study on behalf of the Town of Arnprior.  The study was commenced to provide the Town of Arnprior Council with a strategic plan that would identify future infrastructure requirements associated with proposed residential, industrial, and commercial growth planned for the community.  The identification of existing and future roadway/intersection improvements and their associated costs, would allow the Town of Arnprior to ensure a cohesive, affordable and organized approach to prioritizing future transportation initiatives. In addition, the Master Traffic Study assessed parking-related issues in the downtown core and investigated the potential need and triggers for additional public parking facilities.

This transportation evaluation focused on achieving the following objectives:

  • Develop policy documents that would address future roadway right-of-way protection and outline traffic impact assessment requirements;
  • Assess current parking characteristics (i.e. utilization and turn-over) in downtown Arnprior and the need and triggers for additional public off-street parking facilities;
  • Identify future roadway infrastructure requirements and associated improvement costs for the 2015 and 2025 time horizons; and
  • Address roadway network issues as identified by the municipality.

Services

Traffic impact assessment, traffic operations analysis and review, infrastructure assessment intersection capacity analysis, policy recommendation, and downtown parking assessment.

Role & Responsibility

Prime Consultant

Client

Town of Arnprior