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.
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 ]
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 is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the Contractor Representative or myself.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tel.: (613) 580-2424, ext. 21805
Fax: (613) 580-2587
Cell: (613) 913-9032
24 hour emergency number: (613) 839-2816
Phone: (613) 225-1311, ext. 521