In mid-March 2016, the City of Ottawa will begin construction in your neighbourhood. This work is being done to improve infrastructure in your neighborhood and will involve significant structural repairs to the Minto Bridges East & Centre.
Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Pomerleau, to complete the work.
Why: The renewal of Minto Bridges East & Centre started in July 2015. The major work for Minto Bridge East was completed by December 2015. The bridges are currently open to pedestrians and cyclists during construction winter shutdown. The construction of Minto Bridge Centre was originally planned in June 2016 due to in-water work timing restriction period. However, after the further review of current site conditions and construction methods by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the in-water construction work for Minto Bridge Centre can be started in April, once the ice is clear in the Rideau River and following spring freshet.
What: The structural rehabilitation of Minto Bridge Centre includes:
- Replace existing steel bridge deck grating with a fibre-reinforced polymer deck system with a chemically bonded aggregate wearing surface;
- Clean and recoat structural steel;
- Replace / repair structural steel;
- Replace truss and stringer bearings;
- Repair and repoint abutment and pier masonry stones;
- Replace sidewalk timber planks on the bridges;
- Replace exposed aggregate precast concrete parapet walls on the east approach;
- Refurbish traffic rail and approach guide rails;
- Replace approach sidewalk, curbs and asphalt wearing surface;
- Replace bridge lighting components.
When: Work is expected to begin in mid-March 2016 with preparatory work for the first few weeks. The majority of the construction activity will occur as follows:
- Site reinstatement for Minto Bridge East will be carried out in spring 2016.
- Construction of Minto Bridge Centre will be carried out from March 2016 to December 2016 with site reinstatement in spring 2017.
Final completion is anticipated for spring 2017.
Where: Minto Bridges East & Centre are located on Union Street over the Rideau River. Minto Bridge East is a single span truss bridge connecting Stanley Avenue to Maple Island, while Minto Bridge Centre is a two-span truss bridge connecting Maple Island to Green Island.
Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.
The following roads are affected during construction:
Union Street – King Edward Avenue to Underground Parking Garage Ramp at 111 Sussex Drive:
Access to the underground parking garage at the rear of the John G. Diefenbaker Building at 111 Sussex Drive on Green Island is expected to be maintained, unless otherwise closed by PWGSC. Vehicular traffic will be detoured via Sussex Drive and King Edward Avenue over Minto Bridge West. A minimum of one travel lane (min. 3.3 m wide off of bridge and 2.6 m wide across Minto Bridge West) will be maintained at all times.
Union Street – Underground Parking Garage Ramp at 111 Sussex Drive to Stanley Avenue:
The road will be closed to vehicular traffic until completion of Minto Bridges East & Centre Rehabilitation construction in December 2016.
There will be temporary lane closure for short duration of construction vehicle loading/unloading at Union Street intersection. A minimum of one travel lane will be maintained at all times.
Pedestrians and cyclists
Minto Bridges East and Centre will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists during construction, with the exception of NCC staff for maintenance on Maple Island and pedestrian access to the Hungarian Monument on Maple Island during the annual ceremony taking place on or around October 23rd. Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured north via Sussex Drive across the Bytown Bridges during construction. Minto Bridges East and Centre will be re-opened to pedestrians and cyclists in December 2016.
Pedestrian access across Minto Bridge West will be maintained at all times.
You may feel vibrations at your home or business due to the use of heavy equipment needed to complete this work. This is quite common and typically not an issue for existing structures. The Contractor will monitor vibrations during these operations.
The Contractor is fully responsible for any damage to private property as a result of their construction activities. If you think that damage has occurred to your property as a result of construction, please contact the General Contractor directly. The contractor is required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed.
For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1. For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager. For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative or the Contract Administrator.
The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the operation of the work, such as delays and traffic detours when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.
Lei Gong, PhD, P.Eng.
Design and Construction - Municipal East
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: (613) 580-2424, ext. 22738
Daniel Larochelle, Superintendent
Tel: (819) 213-1578
Patrick Mergel, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Tel: (613) 691-1564