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  1. Cambridge Substandard Right-of-Way Study
    Website | PIC #1 | Study Outline

    Study Purpose:
    • The goal of this study is to produce design standards that provide for safe, efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable transportation corridors within limited Right-of-Way corridors.
    • This will be achieved through the rationalization of road design requirements for various competing right-of-way elements such as sidewalks, onstreet parking, streetscaping, utility corridors and underground infrastructure.
    • A number of potential safety and/or operational issues shall be assessed in relation to Right-of-Way use (vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists), driveway access, heavy vehicle movement (i.e. for snow storage, removal and garbage collection), transit operations and emergency access.

    Study Background:
    • The City has approximately 167 road sections with Right-of-Way widths less than 16 metres.
    • Over the next several years, many of these road sections are scheduled for rehabilitation.
    • Current city standards address Substandard Right-of-Way design requirements.
    • The City is taking a pro-active approach to resolve this through the preparation of standard cross sections for these roads.

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    From Kitchener-Waterloo | Member Since Dec 2009 | 5,693 Posts
    Cambridge’s Rich History Important to Renewal Projects
    On the Road to City-wide Standards - Info Session April 18th

    April 17, 2012 | City of Cambridge | Link

    From the early days of the Mennonite settlements in Cambridge to John Erb’s establishment of the Grist Mill, the City has prospered from a rich and exciting road to development and advancement. As with any municipality with such a significant past, it means that elements of the hard infrastructure are sometimes reflective of the standards of the day.

    Cambridge’s engineering team is currently reviewing design standards for roads with narrow right-of-way widths to ensure that safe, efficient and effective transportation corridors are maintained within these areas of the City.

    “We recognize that many of our older areas have very narrow streets that can restrict emergency access, maintenance operations, parking opportunities and public accessibility for walk ways. We want to establish City-wide standards in advance of road rehabilitation projects that are slated in the near future,” says Kealy Dedman, Director of Engineering. “This allows us to strike a balance and better address the current needs of the community by offering a consistent and more cost effective approach to tackling the infrastructure renewal programs.”

    There are roughly 167 road sections in the City with widths less than 16 metres, more typically they are around 12 metres for these commercial and residential areas. Roadways for new development are traditional set at widths of 20 metres.

    The City began working with AMEC and CIMA+, transportation engineering specialists, late last year to undertake the ‘Substandard Right-of-Way Study’ for the rationalization of road design requirements which included elements such as use for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and parking?. The scope of the research also includes driveway access, heavy vehicle movement for city and regional services, transit operations and emergency management.

    “Sometimes when we begin a reconstruction project, there can be delays because of competing interests and challenges to our standards,” Dedman adds. “This piecemeal approach adds to project costs and the timelines of delivering the services.” She notes that there are also emergency repairs that kick in because of the delays which further add to the costs.

    The City of Cambridge will offer a Public Information Centre (PIC) to share the details of the project with the community on April 18th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Bowman Room at Cambridge City Hall. This is in addition to three public consultation sessions held this past January and a meeting with Cambridge’s Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee. For those citizens not able to attend the upcoming sessions, there is an online option to submit comments at

    The ‘Substandard Right-of-Way Study’ study will form the basis of the range of options for the design criteria. The project is expected to be complete by the fall.

    Map of the project area below.

    Appendix B Map of ROW Categories and Study Area

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    Are you kidding me? These are community roads, not thoroughfares!

    Its a good thing some of these places aren't in Cambridge, we'd have to widen these roads too to make sure there was enough vehicle access:
    Ponte Vecchio
    Rue Saint-Andre
    Rue Saint Louis

    What a waste of taxpayer's money.