Central Box Study Recommends Pedestrian Tunnel, New Traffic Signal
Thursday June 23rd, 2016
Posted at 3:12pm
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The City of Windsor has completed the Environmental Assessment that looked into short and long-term transportation network improvements within the Central Box Study Area. This area included Dougall Avenue between the expressway and Eugenie as well as Dominion around Northwood.
Improvements recommended for Dougall include an extension of the multi-use trail along the west boulevard of Dougall Avenue from South Cameron Boulevard to a reconfigured signalized intersection at Dougall Avenue and Ouellette Place. This includes a tunnel through the west embankment of the CN Rail overpass.
Bicycle lanes and sidewalks on Dougall Avenue north of the Ouellette Place intersection, and sidewalks along the east and west sides of Ouellette Avenue/Ouellette Place would also be constructed.
Also recommended is a raised centre median on Ouellette Avenue between the Dougall Avenue/Eugenie Street and Dougall Avenue/Ouellette Avenue intersections, reconfiguration of the channelized free-flow right turn movements at the E.C. Row Expressway off ramps to conventional right turn lanes under traffic signal control ans signal timing optimization.
On Dominion several recommendations were made to ease the flow of traffic at the intersection of Northwood. Those would see Dominion Boulevard widened to three lanes between Northwood Street and Ojibway Street, with a cross section including one lane in each direction, a two-way centre left turn lane, bicycle lanes and sidewalks.
Dedicated left turn lanes would be constructed on all approaches to the Dominion Boulevard intersection with Northwood Street, a new local road connection between Dominion Boulevard and Longfellow Avenue situated to the north of Northwood Street would be built, and bicycle lanes would be added along the corridor between Northwood Street and West Grand Boulevard, including the removal of part-time on-street parking.
The next step will be for the city to publish the Environmental Study Report and have it placed on public record for a 30 day review period starting June 27th, 2016 and ending July 27th, 2016. It will be available for review on the project website, www.windsoreas.ca.