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Main Street closure notice (July 2016)

Please be advised that Main Street (from Hawthorne Avenue to Lees Avenue) will be completely closed to traffic from Monday July 25 to Friday August 5 for the construction of the concrete crosswalks. During that period, the section of Main Street from Hawthorne Avenue to Greenfield Avenue will be open to both northbound and southbound traffic. The intersections of Main Street/Hawthorne Avenue (eastbound to northbound and southbound to westbound movements) and Main Street/Lees Avenue (westbound to southbound movement) will remain open to traffic. The recommended detour is via Greenfield Avenue and Lees Avenue. Refer to the link below for detour details. Go to the OC Transpo website for bus detour information.

Detour [ PDF - 150 KB ]

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.

Josée Vallée, 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 21805
Fax: 613-560-6064

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Construction notice (April 2016)

As of early March 2016, the City of Ottawa has resumed construction on Main Street. This work is being conducted to renew infrastructure such as watermains and storm sewers, sidewalks and street lights as well as improving transportation for all modes in your community.

Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Karson Konstruction, to complete the work.

Why: The existing street infrastructure has reached the end of its life-cycle and the City has identified the need for reconstruction. Main Street will be renewed as a “complete street” featuring cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, on-street parking and space for streetscaping.

What: The construction work will renew infrastructure in your neighbourhood. Specifically, the works proposed include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Sidewalks, cycling facilities, and transit facilities;
  • Street amenities including landscaping and public art;
  • Street lighting and signage;
  • Watermains, sanitary and storm sewers;
  • Lateral services to the property line;
  • Utility reconstruction as required;
  • Traffic control signal system; and
  • Road structure and pavement.

When: This work is on-going and final completion is anticipated for the summer of 2017.

Where: Construction will take place on the following streets:

  • Main Street – Echo Drive to the Rideau River
  • Rideau River Drive – Main Street to 130m south of Main Street

Traffic management

The northbound lane closure on Main Street, from Clegg Street to Lees Avenue, will remain in effect until September 2016 to allow for the completion of constructed related activities at the Northern end of Main Street.

Beginning on May 2, the Main Street northbound lane from Riverdale Avenue to Clegg Street will also be closed to traffic until November 2016. 

Northbound traffic will continue to be detoured via Riverside Drive, Bank Street and Isabella Street.  As a result of the northbound lane closure north of Riverdale Avenue, OC Transpo routes 5 and 16, serving the Old Ottawa East community, will be detoured from Main Street via Elliot Avenue to Marlowe Crescent then on to Clegg Street and back to Main Street.  Until the northbound lane along Main Street north of Clegg Street is re-opened to traffic (see above), OC Transpo routes 5 and 16, serving the Old Ottawa East community, will continue to run along Clegg Street to Colonel By Drive then on to Hawthorne (regular Route 5) and back to Main Street (for Route 16).

Information on the traffic management plan and associated detours (and duration) can be found on the Main Street website.

Trees

As part of this project, several trees will need to be removed. This is required for the construction of the cycle tracks and wider sidewalk. The City takes the removal of trees very seriously. The trees to be removed are identified by a large orange X. Trees that are to remain will be protected during construction. At the end of construction, several trees will be planted along the corridor.

Accessibility

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 accommodations, please contact the undersigned.

On-street parking

As the various road reconstruction activities are in progress on Main Street, on-street parking will be restricted.

Construction vibrations

You may feel vibrations due to heavy equipment used for specific construction activities.  This is quite common and not usually a problem. 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 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.

Construction newsletter

Every second Friday, a Construction Newsletter is distributed electronically. The Newsletter includes up-dates on the current and future work, traffic impacts and general construction information. Should you wish to receive bi-weekly up-dates to your in-box, please e-mail us at MainStreetConstruction@ottawa.ca.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.  For general project information, please check the City website or 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.

City Project Manager:
Josée Vallée, P. Eng.
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON   K2G 6J8
Tel.: (613) 580-2424, ext. 21805, Fax: (613) 580-2587

Contract Administrator:
Robert McKay
Parsons
Cell: (613) 883-7590

Contractor Representative:
Alphonse Blank
Karson Konstruction
Cell: (613) 913-9032
24 hour emergency number: (613) 839-2816

Senior Inspector:
Greg Choquette
Parsons
Cell: (613) 327-7404

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Notice to residents of Old Ottawa East (July 2015)

Please be advised that Main Street (from Hawthorne Avenue to Lees Avenue) will be completely closed to traffic from Friday August 7th at night to early Monday morning of August 24th, 2015.  During that period, the section of Main Street from Hawthorne Avenue to Greenfield Avenue will be open to both northbound and southbound traffic.  The intersections of Main Street/Hawthorne Avenue (eastbound to northbound and southbound to westbound movements) and Main Street/Lees Avenue (westbound to southbound movement) will remain open to traffic.  The recommended detour is via Greenfield Avenue.

Traffic Restrictions [ PDF – 100 KB ] 

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.

Josée Vallée, P. Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
josee.vallee@ottawa.ca
Tel.:613-580-2424 x 21805
Fax: 613-560-6064

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Construction notice (April 2015)

Beginning in May 2015, the City of Ottawa will commence construction on your street.  This work is being conducted to renew the underground infrastructure and surface elements as well as improving transportation for all modes in your community.

Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Karson Konstruction, to complete the work.

Why: The existing street infrastructure has reached the end of its life-cycle, and the City has identified the need for reconstruction.  Main Street will be renewed as a “complete street” featuring cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, on-street parking, and space for streetscaping.

What: The construction work will renew infrastructure in your neighbourhood.  Specifically, the works proposed include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Sidewalks, cycling facilities, and transit facilities;
  • Street amenities including landscaping and public art;
  • Street lighting and signage;
  • Watermains, sanitary and storm sewers;
  • Lateral services to the property line;
  • Utility reconstruction as required;
  • Traffic control signal system; and
  • Road structure and pavement.

When: This work is planned to begin on May 4, 2015 (with preparatory work for the first two weeks) and final completion is anticipated for summer of 2017.

Where: Construction will take place on the following streets:

  • Main Street – Echo Drive to the Rideau River
  • Rideau River Drive – Main Street to 130m south of Main Street

Public Open House

A Public Open House will be held on Monday, May 11th, 2015, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Room 120, St. Paul University, Laframboise Hall, Ground Floor, 249 Main Street, Ottawa.

The purpose of this Public Open House is to present the plans for street reconstruction.  This includes:

  • The final detailed designs;
  • Construction phasing and timing;
  • Traffic management plans, including detours;
  • Interim transit service;
  • Interim pedestrian and cycling routes; and
  • Stakeholder communications.

Staff will be on hand to provide information and receive comments.

Traffic Management

It is important to note that only southbound traffic will be maintained during construction (for sections of Main Street) tentatively starting on May 25, 2015.  Northbound traffic will be detoured via Riverside Drive, Bank Street and Isabella Street.  As a result of the northbound lane closure, OC Transpo buses will be detoured from Main Street.  When it will not be possible to have northbound traffic north of Clegg Street, the OC Transpo routes #5 and #16 serving the Old Ottawa East Community will run from Main Street to Clegg Street to Colonel By Drive to Hawthorne (back on the regular route #5) and back to Main Street (for route #16).  For the northbound closure between Riverdale Avenue and Clegg Street, the OC Transpo routes #5 and #16 serving the Old Ottawa East Community will run from Main Street to Elliot Avenue to Marlowe Crescent to Clegg Street and back to Main Street.

Refer to the following documents for additional details:

Traffic Management Plan [ PDF – 3.16 MB ]
Traffic and Cyclist Detours [ PDF – 2.54 MB ]
Bus Route Detours [ PDF – 1.70 MB ]

Trees

As part of this project, several trees will need to be removed.  This is required for the construction of the cycle tracks and wider sidewalk.  The City takes the removal of trees very seriously.  The trees to be removed are identified by a large orange X.  Trees that are to remain will be protected during construction.  At the end of construction, several trees will be planted along the corridor.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  If you require special accommodation, please contact the Contractor Representative or myself.

On-Street Parking

As the various road reconstruction activities are in progress on your street, on-street parking will be restricted.  On-street parking north of Clegg Street will be removed on May 12, 2015.

Construction Vibrations

You may feel vibrations due to heavy equipment used for specific construction activities.  This is quite common and not usually a problem.  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 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. 

Utility Work

Beginning in late April, Hydro Ottawa will be commencing the installation of new underground civil infrastructure between Elliot Avenue and Riverside Drive.  This work is required for the Light Rail Transit supply and is planned to be completed by the end of July 2015.  The Hydro Ottawa contact person for this work is Ben Hazlett (613) 738-5499 Ext. 7001.

The work for Bell Canada that commenced in November of 2014 will be completed north of Clegg Street in May and will then continue south of Clegg Street until the end of the summer.  This work is being done by Greely Construction Inc.  Greely’s representative is Jeff Smye (613) 229-0264.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.  For general project information, please check the City website or 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.

Josée Vallée, P. Eng.
City Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON   K2G 6J8
E-mail: Josee.Vallee@ottawa.ca
Tel.: (613) 580-2424, ext. 21805
Fax: (613) 580-2587

Contractor Representative:
Alphonse Blank
Karson Konstruction
Cell: (613) 913-9032
24 hour emergency number: (613) 839-2816

Contract Administrator:
Dave Hatton
IBI Group
Phone: (613) 225-1311, ext. 521

Notice of Project Commencement

Project Description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the Functional, Preliminary and Detailed Design for the renewal of Main Street and portions of Lees Avenue and Rideau River Drive.  Specifically, the works proposed include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Sidewalks, cycling facilities, and transit facilities;
  • Opportunities for street amenities including landscaping and public art;
  • Street lighting and signage;
  • Watermains, sanitary, storm and combined sewers;
  • Opportunities to reduce extraneous stormwater flows from adjacent flat roof buildings;
  • Lateral services to the property line;
  • Utility reconstruction as required;
  • Traffic control signal system; and
  • Road structure and pavement.

The existing street infrastructure has reached the end of its life-cycle, and the City has identified the need for reconstruction.  Main Street and Lees Avenue are each designated as an Arterial Road in the City of Ottawa Official Plan.  Main Street from Echo Drive to Clegg Street is also designated as a Traditional Mainstreet.  Rideau River Drive is a Local Street.  Accordingly, the project designs will have regard for the streets' various planned functions and within various community contexts within the project limits.

Main St. Renewal Key Plan Map

Main St. Renewal - Key Plan Map showing projects limits 

Project Result and Timing

The project will result in the preparation and approval of detailed designs for the reconstruction of the streets.  This includes the layout of the surface elements including sidewalk, cycling, transit and vehicle provisions, street lighting and streetscape improvements, and solutions for below-ground infrastructure.  Methods to manage traffic and disruption during the construction period will also be recommended.  It is anticipated that the designs will be completed in 2014. Construction is presently planned for 2015 and 2016.

Public Involvement

Various opportunities for public involvement will be provided, and public input and comment will be welcomed throughout the project process.

Environmental Assessment

The project is being planned to meet the requirements of Schedule “C” of the Ontario's Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA).  This will allow the consideration and review of a full range of alternative designs for the corridor.  The alternative designs will range from reconstructing the street as it is, to reconstructing the street as a “Complete Street”.


For further information or to provide comments, contact the City's project manager or the consulting team project manager at the addresses below.

Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
josee.vallee@ottawa.ca
Tel: (613) 580-2424, x21805
Fax: (613) 560-6064


Ron Clarke, MCIP, RPP
Senior Principal, Manager of Planning
Delcan Corporation
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON  K1J 7T2
r.clarke@delcan.com
Tel: (613) 738-4160, x5226
Fax: (613) 739-7105

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Notice of Environmental Assessment Study Completion

The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Assessment of the Main Street Renewal Project.  The City has identified the need to reconstruct Main Street (between Echo Drive and the McIlraith Bridge) as an integrated road, sewer and water renewal project, as the existing street infrastructure has reached the end of its life-cycle.  The project includes the replacement of underground infrastructure, roadway and surface elements including provision for wider sidewalks, a segregated bike facility, and streetscaping.  The Recommended Plan varies along the corridor and includes a combination of two, three and four vehicle lanes.

Main Street Renewal Key Plan Map

The City has planned this project under Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. The Environmental Study Report (ESR) has been completed and by this Notice is being placed in the public record for review.  Subject to the comments received as a result of this Notice and receipt of necessary approvals, the City intends to proceed to detailed design.  Pre-construction activities may commence in 2014 with full construction planned to commence in 2015.

The ESR is available for review at the following locations:

City of Ottawa
City Hall Client Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West
Tel: (613)580-2424

Ottawa Public Library
Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street
Tel: (613)598-4001

Ottawa Public Library
Sunnyside Branch
1049 Bank Street
Tel: (613)730-1082

Ottawa Public Library
Greenboro Branch
363 Lorry Greenburg Drive
Tel: (613)580-2957

Interested persons may provide written comments or make inquiries to the City of Ottawa between August 9th, 2013 and September 9th, 2013.  Comments should be directed to:

Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 21805 
Facsimile:  (613) 560-6064
Josee.Vallee@ottawa.ca

If concerns regarding this project cannot be resolved in discussions with the City, a person/party may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order).  Any Part II Order requests must be received by the Minister at the address below by September 9th, 2013.  A copy of the request must also be sent to the City of Ottawa, at the above address.  If there are no requests received by September 9th, 2013, the project may proceed to design and construction as outlined in the ESR.

The Honourable Jim Bradley
Minister of the Environment
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto, On M7A 2T5
Tel: 416-314-6790
Fax: 416-314-7337
Toll Free: 1-800-565-4923
minister.moe@ontario.ca

With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

This notice was first issued on August 9th, 2013.