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Decisions in Brief, Transportation Committee

For immediate release: September 13, 2017 - 2:38pm
MR17-195

From the September 11, 2017 Meeting

7.1.2 Capital Project #2407 – North Commuter Parkway & Traffic Bridge Construction Update

Decision

*The report of the Acting General Manager, Transportation and Utilities Department, was received as information.

Background

*At a special meeting held on September 8, 2015, City Council awarded the RFP for the North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge, naming GCP the Preferred Proponent. At its meeting on November 23, 2015, City Council received information regarding the financial details of the Project Agreement (PA) with GCP. A construction update was last provided on March 13, 2017 to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation.

7.1.3 Highway 16 and Boychuk Drive, McOrmond Drive and College Drive Interchanges – Construction Update

Decision

*The report of the Acting General Manager, Transportation and Utilities Department, was received as information.

Background

*At its meeting held on November 28, 2016, City Council awarded the Request for Proposals for the Saskatoon Interchange Project, naming PCL Construction Management Inc. (PCL) the Preferred Proponent for the project. PCL and the City of Saskatoon finalized the Project Agreement with an effective date for the project of December 12, 2016. A project update was last provided on March 13, 2017 to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation.

7.2.1 2018 Residential Parking Program Expansion

Decision

*The Committee is recommending to City Council:

1. That Residential Parking Permit zones be expanded, as outlined in the report, effective in 2018, using existing resources, including that the Administration speak with businesses, institutions and organizations affected by the Residential Parking Program changes to ensure they are not encountering undue hardship, and where reasonable, accommodations be made; and

2. That the City Solicitor be requested to prepare the proposed amendments to Residential Parking Program, 1999, Bylaw No. 7862.

Committee also resolved that the Administration report back on the possibility of including multi-unit dwellings in the Residential Parking Permit program, specifically, in cases where those dwellings are similar to single family homes, such as in the case of street-facing townhouse condos.

Background

*Permit zones have been created to increase on-street parking opportunities for residents in areas with high on-street parking demand. Policies and Bylaw dictate Permit zones must:

a) be predominantly residential and not in a pay parking area;

b) have a shortage of on-street parking; and

c) be supported by no less than 70% of households on each block-face or by no less than 50% of households in Limited Permit zones.

Creation or expansion of a Permit zone is a community-lead initiative, driven by the following process:

1. Residents request a Permit zone by submitting a petition with 70% of households per block-face supporting the zone.

2. The Administration verifies the results of the petition.

3. When the petition requirements are met, the Administration conducts a parking study to confirm there is an on-street parking shortage in the area.

4. When the parking study requirements are met, a report is sent to City Council seeking approval of the new or expanded Permit zone.

7.2.2 Road Maintenance Service Level

Decision

*The Committee is recommending to City Council:

1. That the current service level for the Road Maintenance service line be maintained and approved; and

2. That the option of increasing road maintenance by $200,000 be forwarded to the 2018 Preliminary Business Plan and Budget deliberations.

Background

*At the May 15, 2017 meeting of the Governance and Priorities Committee, the Administration committed to bring forward a series of service level documents on core services. The service level template communicates two key messages:

1. Information for citizens, Committees, and City Council about “what we do”, “why we do it”, and “how much it costs” for each service line.

2. Viable options to the current state of service levels, entitled “what else is possible”.

7.2.3 Proposed Amendments to Bylaw No. 7200 – The Traffic Bylaw – Speed Limit Changes

*Decision

The Committee is recommending to City Council:

1. That the speed limit on Central Avenue from a point 220 metres north of Somers Road to Agra Road be reduced from 60 kph to 50 kph;

2. That a speed limit on Lowe Road from Agra Road to a point 800 metres north of Agra Road be reduced from 80 kph to 50 kph;

3. That a speed limit on McOrmond Drive from Fedoruk Drive to a point 800 metres east of Lowe Road be reduced from 60 kph to 50 kph;

4. That a speed limit of 60 kph on Central Avenue from Agra Road to McOrmond Drive be established;

5. That a speed limit on Lowe Road from a point 800 metres north of Agra Road to McOrmond Drive be reduced from 80 kph to 60 kph;

6. That a speed limit of 60 kph on McOrmond Drive from a point 800 metres east of Lowe Road to Central Avenue be established;

7. The Small Swale has been recognized to have similar ecological significance to the Northeast Swale, as such the decision to determine the speed limit for the Small Swale be referred to the Northeast Swale stakeholder committee before a speed limit is determined on McOrmond Drive from Central Avenue to Wanuskewin Road.

8. That a speed limit on Millar Avenue from 60th Street to 71st Street be reduced from 60 kph to 50 kph;

9. That a speed limit on Zimmerman Road from Highway No. 16 to a point 1,000 metres north of Highway No. 16 be reduced from 80 kph to 60 kph;

10. That a speed limit on 71st Street West from Thatcher Avenue west to the City Limit be reduced from 90 kph to 70 kph;

11. That a speed limit of 80 kph on College Drive from a point 100 metres east of Preston Avenue to the East City Limit be established;

12.  That the City Solicitor be requested to prepare the appropriate bylaw amendment to Bylaw No. 7200, The Traffic Bylaw, effective December 1, 2017.

Background

*The recommended maximum allowable speeds for new and/or modified roadways are based on road classification, adjacent land use, driver behaviour and familiarity, and/or safety concerns. The goal is to establish a reasonable and safe speed limit that is appropriate for a particular roadway based on its design and classification.