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Construction Notice (March 2015)

The City of Ottawa is starting construction work in your neighbourhood on the Alta Vista Hospital Link.  The project will provide a link between Riverside Drive and the Transitway to the Hospital Ring Road.  This link is needed to improve transit service and support ongoing hospital and local development.

This notice is to advise you that initial construction activities have begun on this project.  As construction activities progress, additional notices will be distributed to advise you in advance of the work.

Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the contractor, Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited, to complete the work.

Why: The project provides a link between Riverside Drive and the Transitway to the Hospital Ring Road.  This link is needed to improve transit service to the Ottawa Health Sciences Campus, support future hospital growth, facilitate development of the National Defense Medical Centre Lands and improve traffic flow along Smyth Road.

When: Construction activities will occur throughout 2015, 2016 and 2017.  The Contractor will stage the construction over this time, so work areas will change as operations are initiated and completed.

Where: A majority of the construction activity at this time is occurring in unoccupied green space between Riverside Drive and the Rideau River.  Construction will continue through the Hospital Link Corridor from Riverside Drive to the Hospital Ring Road.

Sketch of project area [ PDF - 1.5 MB ] 

What: Work will include the construction of sewers and watermain along a realigned Riverside Drive, construction of three bridges and construction of 1.7 km of new two lane roadway between Riverside Drive and the Ottawa Health Centre Campus.  Improved cycling and pedestrian connectivity to the area will also be provided.

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.  For work required outside of these times, for instance, when working near the VIA railway tracks, separate notices will be provided to nearby residents.

If you wish to receive updates directly, please provide the City’s Project Manager with your e-mail address or your mailing address.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the Contractor’s representative.

Construction Disruptions

Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited will be assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete.  They 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 when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration.  We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.  Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts on your community.

Impact on the Right-of-Way and Adjacent Private Properties

The construction work areas are located adjacent to Riverside Drive.  You may feel vibrations at your home or business due to the use of the heavy equipment needed to complete this work.  This is quite common and physical damage to properties as a result of City construction activities is unusual.

The Contractor is required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed. You may be asked by the contractor’s insurance agent for permission to survey your property before the work commences, as Contractors typically conduct pre-construction inspections to document existing conditions for their own purposes.  It is to your benefit to allow the inspection to be conducted on your property, as it may assist with establishing the impact, if any, that construction has had at your property after work is complete.  In addition, you may wish to complete your own survey of pre-construction conditions on your property.  Your survey should include photographs.

If construction activities require temporary loss of access to your property or business, advance notice will be provided and assistance with alternate access and parking will be offered.

Contact Information

To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

City’s Project Manager:
Bruce Kenny, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal West
(613) 580-2424 Ext 20128
Hospital.Link@ottawa.ca

Contractor’s Representative:
Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited
Darrin Alberty
5151 Albion Road
Ottawa, ON   K1X 0A5
Office: 613-822-1064
Fax Number: (613) 822-0111
dalberty@greenbeltconstruction.ca

Project update (December 2014)

Project Update

The project has now been tendered and local contractor Greenbelt Construction (division of RWT Tomlinson) has been awarded the project.  Work on the overall project will begin in early winter including any tree removals and other preparation work.  The relocation of the railway is anticipated to occur in the spring of 2015.

Tree Removal

Further to our discussions with the Abbey Road Focus Group on March 31, 2014, the City has reviewed concerns regarding the removal of trees along the pathway behind your properties.

After City staff consulting with VIA Rail, we can confirm that some modification of the drainage can occur.  Rather than using a 1 meter, flat bottom ditch that would be more intrusive, VIA Rail engineers have confirmed that a ‘V’ ditch can be utilized in its place.  With this new plan, tree removal will be limited to the west side of the pathway, with the exception of a localized area near the existing cross culvert.  Additional tree removal is required east of the pathway to achieve effective drainage.

Backyard Drainage

During our discussions it was also noted that several residents have concerns regarding past ponding of water in backyards during the spring melt.  The City is committed to improving drainage in your community.  We will continue to work with you to determine whether any additional improvements can be implemented as part of the Alta Vista Hospital Link Project to reduce the ponding in the long-term.

This spring, we will conduct additional field assessments.  At this time, we will provide you the opportunity to meet with technical staff to discuss the issues specific to your property.  A consent to enter your properties may be required in order to conduct some ground survey work.  Should this be required, a separate letter will be sent to you.

Thank you again for your continued participation and feedback on this project.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your Abbey Road point of contact, Jim Thompson, or to me directly.

Bruce Kenny, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction Municipal East
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 5J9
E-mail:  Hospital.Link@ottawa.ca
Tel :  613-580-2424, x20128

Lane Reductions on Riverside Drive (May 2015)

May 20, 2015

Ottawa – Lane reductions on Riverside Drive are required to complete construction work on the Alta Vista Hospital Link construction project.

Work along this important transportation route will occur on the following dates :

  • 10 pm Friday, May 22 to 5 am Monday, May 24, 2015, and
  • 10 pm Friday, May 29 to 5 am Monday, June 1, 2015

One lane will be closed in both directions on sections of Riverside Drive, from Smyth Road to Hinks Lane.  One lane of traffic will remain open in either direction at all times.  Work will proceed on a 24 hour basis to ensure that Riverside Drive is fully operational prior to Monday morning commutes.

These lane closures are required for the installation of a major storm pipe along Riverside Drive as well as bridge foundation construction.  These lane reductions will occur during the weekend to minimize impacts to this important transportation route.  Traffic impacts are expected.

Old Riverside Drive

  • Access to Old Riverside Drive will not be effected by the weekend work activities.
  • Frobisher Drive access to Old Riverside Drive will remain open.
  • Hinks Lane access to Old Riverside Drive will remain open.
  • It is recommended that southbound entry onto Riverside Drive be accomplished at the signalized Frobisher Drive intersection.

Blasting notice (November 2015)

The Alta Vista Hospital Link project will build a new link to the Ottawa Hospital Campus. Blasting is required as part of construction.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited to undertake the Alta Vista Hospital Link project. A specialized blast monitoring subcontractor, Explotech, will be monitoring the blasting work. Depending on your proximity to the blast area, you may receive a separate notice from our contractor detailing the blasting activities.

Why: Part of the Alta Vista Hospital Link project includes a new sewer, and blasting is required to remove rock materials to allow for the pipe installation.

The contractor is conducting this work in accordance with an approved blasting plan that meets City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario requirements. Pre-condition audits were performed on adjacent structures, including residential properties, where necessary. These audits documented the existing conditions before the start of the construction activity.

What: The use of explosives in construction is heavily regulated by both Provincial and Federal legislation. Regulations are in place to ensure public safety and maintain vibrations within allowable limits that will not damage neighbouring structures. The Contractor’s blasting plan will ensure that blasting-induced vibrations are kept well below levels that have been shown to cause damage to adjoining properties. This blasting operation is occurring within the greenspace, well away from neighbouring homes. Residents should be aware that they may feel minimal vibrations or hear noise from the operations, but these will be well below the levels that could cause damage.

When: Blasting is anticipated to begin the week of November 9, and will continue for the next several weeks. The blasting will occur during daytime hours. This activity will take place as permitted by the City’s Noise By-law.

Where: Blasting will occur in the greenspace north of the Ottawa Hospital Campus Ring Road, and south of Riverview Park.

Every effort is being made to minimize noise and disruptions while this work is underway. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

City’s Project Manager:
Bruce Kenny, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East
Tel: (613) 580-2424, ext 20128

Contractor’s Representative:
Darrin Alberty
Project Manager
Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited
Tel: (613) 822-1064

Project update and possible night work (April 2016)

Work in close proximity to Via Rail corridor

Please be advised that the City of Ottawa Alta Vista Hospital Link Project is well underway. Significant construction operations are recommencing within the VIA railway corridor.  The City has worked with VIA Rail and the City contractor to minimize night operations. Work is underway now during daytime hours to complete work that would otherwise have to be completed at night. The day work is much less disruptive overall.

Due to rail safety requirements, a portion of the work may need to be conducted at night when trains are not travelling on this section of rail. Please see below a list of upcoming construction activities that will be undertaken along the rail line that may cause additional disturbance for nearby residents:

  • Railway shoring, daytime operations, April to mid-May 2016
  • Railway detour track construction, daytime operations, mid-April to mid-May 2016
  • Railway cut-overs to detour, night operations, tentative May 20 to May 26, 2016
  • Excavation for VIA bridge footings, daytime operations, late May to early June 2016
  • VIA Railway bridge construction, daytime operations, mid-June 2016 to summer 2017

A majority of this work is planned to occur during daytime hours.  Isolated periods of night work could be required based on rail safety requirements.

The night work tentatively scheduled for mid-May 2016 will be further confirmed when the schedule is fully confirmed and at least a week prior to commencing the night work.

Other construction operations may require short duration night work and these activities will be conducted in accordance with the City noise by-law requirements.

We thank you for your continued patience during construction. For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s Project Manager.

Bruce Kenny, P. Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.:613-580-2424 x 20128

Revised schedule for night work (July 2016 )

Notice to residents living in close proximity to Via Rail corridor

Please be advised that the City of Ottawa Alta Vista Hospital Link Project is recommencing major construction operations within the VIA railway corridor. The City has worked with VIA Rail and our City contractor to minimize night operations as much as possible.

Due to railway safety requirements, a portion of the work may be required at night when trains are not travelling through this corridor. Rail cutover activities that were previously scheduled for July 8 to July 15 have been revised. 

Railway cutover onto detour tracks revised schedule for night operations is as follows:
Friday night July 15 to Friday morning July 22

The night work schedule is subject to ongoing rail safety reviews and rescheduling of the work may be necessary. Additional notification will be provided if night work schedule is further revised.

Other construction operations may require short duration night work and these activities will be conducted in accordance with the City noise by-law requirements.

We thank you for your continued patience and support during construction. For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager at the addresses below.

Bruce Kenny, P. Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.:613-580-2424 x 20128