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Greenbank Road Widening (Malvern to Strandherd)

Overview

Project Description

Greenbank Road Widening Proposed Design - [ PDF - 6,373 KB]

An Environmental Study Report was completed in 2006 recommending the widening of Greenbank Rd from Malvern Dr/Foxfield Dr to Cambrian Rd. This project was divided into 2 projects. The first project to be implemented is Greenbank Rd from Malvern Dr/Foxfield Dr to Marketplace Blvd. The project includes widening of Greenbank Rd from two lanes of undivided traffic to four lanes divided by a central median. Noise attenuation walls will be installed adjacent residences between Fallowfield Rd and Strandherd Rd. New sidewalk and multi-use path will be built and the roadway boulevard will be landscaped. Cycling facilities will be provided as well. Utilities will be relocated from the west side of Greenbank to the east side, south of the railway. The proposal includes a grade separation structure at the railway so Greenbank Rd travels underneath the railway tracks.

The design process began in 2010. The preliminary design was presented to the public at the Barrhaven Open House in April and September 2012, 2013 and 2014.  

The picture shows the future view of the Greenbank Rd underpass once the Greenbank Road Widening project is complete.   Greenbank Road has four lanes for vehicles and descends under the new bridge that carries the railway. Pedestrians walk on sidewalk and pathway on either side of the road.

Timelines

Construction Start - Fall 2014

Construction Completion - Summer 2017

Budget

Funding for the construction has been allocated through the City's Budget Process $58 million.

More Information

Sue Johns, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal West
6130-580-2424 x16003

Overnight work – November 17 to 18, 2016

Construction work is nearing completion on the Greenbank Road Widening project. In order to complete the railway work portion of the project, some of the existing rail and railway ties were replaced. There is some work remaining to complete.

What: Railway crews have removed and replaced one section of rail, including ties and ballast at the location where the Greenbank detour road was located east of the railway bridge.  This work occurred November 12 and 13. There is one more night of work to do. City and VIA Rail representatives will be on-site while work is undertaken and all safety regulations will be in effect.

When: Please be advised that, weather permitting, this work is scheduled to occur overnight on November 17 – 18, 2016.  Work will begin after the last VIA train passes. This train is scheduled at 10:45 p.m. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration.  Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents.

Where: This work will occur along the railway track east of Greenbank Road.  Homes on Kadeer Way, Henfield Ave, Burnett’s Grove Circle are closest to the work area. Greenbank Road traffic will not be affected.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work. We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project.

Susan Johns, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Design and Construction – Branch 2
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 16003

Christopher Fischer, P.Eng.
Project Manager – Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd
Tel:  613-229-6779

Overnight work – November 12 to 14, 2016

Construction work is nearing completion on the Greenbank Road Widening project. In order to complete the railway work portion of the project, some of the existing rail and railway ties must be replaced.

What: Railway crews will remove and replace one section of rail, including ties and ballast at the location where the Greenbank detour road was located east of the railway bridge.  This work must occur overnight when there is no train traffic. City and VIA Rail representatives will be on-site while work is undertaken and all safety regulations will be in effect.

When: Please be advised that, weather permitting, this work is scheduled to occur overnight on November 12–13 and November 13-14, 2016. Work will begin after the last VIA train passes. This train is scheduled at 10:45 p.m. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration.  Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents. Work may be necessary overnight on November 14-15, 2016 as contingency.

Where: This work will occur along the railway track east of Greenbank Road.  Homes on Kadeer Way, Henfield Ave, Burnett’s Grove Circle are closest to the work area. Greenbank Road traffic will not be affected.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work. We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project.

Susan Johns, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Design and Construction – Branch 2
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 16003

Christopher Fischer, P.Eng.
Project Manager – Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd.
Tel: 613-229-6779

Overnight work – October 31 to November 3, 2016

Greenbank Road widening at VIA Railway

Construction work is nearing completion on the Greenbank Road Widening project. In order to complete the railway work portion of the project, some of the existing rail and railway ties must be replaced.

What: Railway crews will remove and replace one section of rail, including ties and ballast at the location where the Greenbank detour road was located east of the railway bridge.  This work must occur overnight when there is no train traffic. City and VIA Rail representatives will be on-site while work is undertaken and all safety regulations will be in effect.

When: Please be advised that, weather permitting, this work is scheduled to occur overnight on October 31 – November 3, 2016.  Work will begin after the last VIA train passes. This train is scheduled at 10:45 pm. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration.  Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents. Work may be necessary overnight on November 3, 2016 as contingency.

Where: This work will occur along the railway track east of Greenbank Road.  Homes on Kadeer Way, Henfield Ave, Burnett’s Grove Circle are closest to the work area. Greenbank Road traffic will not be affected.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work. We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project.

Susan Johns, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Design and Construction – Branch 2
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Tel:  613-580-2424, ext. 16003

Christopher Fischer, P.Eng.
Project Manager – Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd
Tel:  613-229-6779

Public art for Greenbank Road

Posted July 25, 2016

Call to artists: Artist in residence opportunity

Greenbank Road Widening Proposed Design

The City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites artists to submit qualifications to an artist in residence opportunity to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork for Greenbank Road as outlined in this Call to artists.

  • Deadline: Monday August 22, 2016 at 4 pm EST
  • Budget: $215,000 plus HST

Established in 1985, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art, with an emphasis on local artists. The Public Art Program commissions site-specific works of art for display in public places. One percent of funds from new municipal development are mandated for public art in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

In keeping with the City of Ottawa Public Art Policy, artists are invited to submit qualifications for this artist in residence opportunity to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork for Greenbank Road Widening project.

Eligibility

This call to artists is open to professional artists who are Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status. Artists may submit qualifications individually or as a team.

Artist in residence

This artist in residence program seeks innovative and compelling project applications from artist(s) who are interested in interdisciplinary dialogue, open to new and engaging modes of information gathering, and curious regarding potential creative collaboration. It provides an opportunity for an artist(s) to collaborate on the development of innovative strategies, and for involving diverse members of a neighbourhood or community of people in joint creative practices, broadening the community experience of the arts.

In collaboration with program staff, the selected artist(s) will establish a series of opportunities for community interaction around the Greenbank Road neighbourhood to take place between  October 2016 and February 2017. A creative, inclusive, community-engaged project will bring together sectors of the community into a collaborative dialogue on public art through exploring the challenges and opportunities of the site(s). The residency is expected to result in the creation of a permanent public art installation along Greenbank Road that will be accessioned into the City of Ottawa Art Collection. There is also the option to have temporary public art installation(s) in addition to permanent public art.

The artist in residence will be expected to:

  • Produce a viable and realistic project proposal and work plan that can be completed for the specified artist’s fee, and within the timeline of the residency
  • Through a community engagement plan, establish a presence in the neighbourhood and interact with the community to develop the residency
  • Engage in a regular reporting process, which will be outlined in the legal agreement between the City of Ottawa and the successful artist(s)
  • Produce concrete project deliverables in the form of a legacy artwork as a result of the interactions and developments of the residency. Documentation and a maintenance plan will form part of the project deliverables.

Project background

An Environmental Study Report was completed in 2006 recommending the widening of Greenbank Road from Malvern Drive/Foxfield Drive to Cambrian Road. The first phase of this project is currently being implemented, and involves construction work from Malvern Drive/Foxfield Drive to Marketplace Boulevard.

The City of Ottawa is undertaking construction work for the Greenbank Road Widening project from Malvern Drive to Marketplace Avenue in Barrhaven. This work is being carried out to expand the transportation network in response to community growth. Construction will improve pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure to better meet the needs of growth in Barrhaven.

The project includes widening Greenbank Road from two lanes of undivided traffic to four lanes divided by a central median. Noise attenuation walls will be installed in additional to a new sidewalk a multi-use pathway, improved cycle facilities and the roadway boulevard will be landscaped. Utilities will be relocated including relocation of a watermain and construction of a storm sewer. A grade separation at the VIA railway will allow Greenbank Road to travel underneath the railway tracks.

Neighbourhood profile

Greenbank Road is located in Ottawa South; the community of Barrhaven located in Ward 3. A profile of the specific neighbourhood in which the centre is located is available at Ottawa’s Neighbourhood Study.

Schedule

Work began on Greenbank Road in fall 2014and is scheduled for completion in July 2017. The artist in residence component is scheduled to take place between September 2016 and February 2017 followed by a period of fabrication. Installation should take place after construction is complete.

Public art installation vision

The public art installation for the Greenbank Road Widening project will integrate visually significant elements that provide identity and distinctive character to the site. The artwork will enhance the roadway design by creating an environment that is aesthetically interesting and engaging for the community, pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The artwork should be conceptually and visually innovative, and reflect a thorough and sensitive understanding of place, context and setting. 

Design requirements for public art installation 

Completed works of art shall:

  • Demonstrate contemporary artistic excellence
  • Be conceptually timeless and enduring
  • Show sensitivity to the surrounding community and address site characteristics
  • Integrate with the style and function of the roadway design
  • Be engaging to the park users
  • Be safe for the public
  • Be made of highly permanent materials that are suitable to the environment and require minimal maintenance
  • Comply with all building and electrical codes and bylaws

Public art installation sites

Artists are open to select ideal locations for their proposed artwork anywhere within the roadway construction boundaries. Artwork must be safe for the public particularly those in close proximity to pathways and/or the roadway. Electricity is not available for the artwork. The following locations have been identified as potential public art locations:

  1. Approaches to the underpass

    Exposed rock walls on each side from both directions to the underpass, and the road dips under the bridge, from 300m south of the Malvern/Foxfield intersection to 300m north of the Wessex/Berrigan intersection (near the future intersection of Highbury Park Drive). Texture from blasting will remain as shown in the images.

    Greenbank Road under the Via Rail bridge
    Greenbank Road under the Via Rail bridge


    Close up of rock texture either side of the Via Rail bridge
    Close up of rock texture either side of the Via Rail bridge


    A concrete wall (3m x 8m) that has native rock built on either side to tie into the face of the bedrock. It is located on the eastern side of the road, south of the railway track.

    Concrete wall with bedrock either side, to the eastern side of the road, south of the railway track
    Concrete wall with bedrock either side, to the eastern side of the road, south of the railway track.

     
  2. Pathway

    Pathway at 3100 Greenbank Road providing a pedestrian pathway linking Greenbank Road and Montavista Avenue. Pathway is lit with streetlights and features landscaping such as trees and shrubs with an open vista retained either side of the pathway.

    Landscaped pathway at 3100 Greenbank Road, linking Greenbank Road and Montavista Avenue
    Landscaped pathway at 3100 Greenbank Road, linking Greenbank Road and Montavista Avenue. 
     
  3. Landscaping / gateway features on Greenbank Road

    A wooden noise barrier will be installed along Greenbank Road where residencies are adjacent. There are new gateway features to be built at two intersections. The gateway features will comprise of decorative columns either side of a pre-cast slab. The public art opportunity is the space in front of the pre-cast slab. 
    1. Intersection of Malvern Drive and Greenbank Road 
    2. Intersection of Wessex Road and Greenbank Road (north and south corners) 

      Example of the gateway feature to be installed on Greenbank Road at the intersections with Malvern Drive and Wessex Road
      Example of the gateway feature to be installed on Greenbank Road at the intersections with Malvern Drive and Wessex Road

Supporting documents

Commission budget

The total budget for this commission is $215,000 plus HST, and this comprises of:

  • $15,000 Artist in residence – October 2016 to February 2017
  • $200,000 Public art installation
    Include all costs required to design, fabricate, store, transport and install the public art, plus the cost of engineering, attachments, anchoring or foundations and reinstatement of landscaping. This should also include any travel expenses incurred by the artist or artist team.

Selection procedure

This commission will be awarded following a two-stage arms length process as follows:

Request for Qualifications: Stage I – Qualifications will be evaluated by a peer assessment committee consisting of artists with public art experience, a community representative and a representative from the Greenbank Road Widening project. This committee will review and evaluate submissions from artists in accordance with the selection criteria and will shortlist a maximum of four artists to move forward to Stage II.

Request for Proposals: Stage II – Shortlisted artists will meet with the Project Team for an information session, either in person or remotely and will be given Terms of Reference for refining their proposals. Shortlisted artists (maximum four) will be given an honorarium of $1500 plus HST for developing an approach to the artist in residence opportunity, preparing a community engagement plan, preparing a work plan and a draft budget for the residency component.

At a date following the submission of Stage II documentation, artists will meet individually with the peer assessment committee for a 30 minute interview to present their artist in residency proposals and answer questions. It is expected that a finalist will be determined by the peer assessment committee in  October 2016.

Public art installation proposal: Stage III - Following the artist in residency period, the artist(s) will prepare a full proposal for the public art installation. A technical review will follow and documentation will be reviewed and recommendations provided to the artist(s). A dialogue period between the artist and project team will result in finalising the proposal ready for fabrication.

Artists living more than 150km from Ottawa will be reimbursed for travel within Canada and accommodation expenses in Ottawa for the interview, up to a maximum of $1700 per artist or artist team.

Selection criteria

All submissions will be evaluated based on the artist’s experience and qualifications (resumé), previous artwork (digital images) and ability to address the public art vision (expression of interest) in relation to this Call to Artists.

Please note:

The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project. The decision of the peer assessment committee is final.

Submission requirements

Your submission must include all 5 sections listed below. Submission requirements must be saved together on a single CD, DVD or USB stick with your name and contact information written directly on it. Please do not include a hard copy of your submission. Acceptable file formats for written materials include DOC, DOCX or PDF.

Your submission must be delivered to the City of Ottawa Public Art Program office by Monday August 22 , 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Fax, email or online file sharing will not be accepted as a means of delivery. The City of Ottawa will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any materials. Submissions will not be returned.

  1. Expression of interest
    Submit a maximum of two written pages explaining why you are interested in this opportunity.

    What aspect of this opportunity inspires you?
    What connects you and/or your work to the public art vision for this project?
    What perspective / approach will you bring to the residency? How the residency will complement your artistic practice?
    How do you propose to engage / collaborate with the community in the neighbourhood? What is your vision for community involvement?
    Describe your art practice. Tell us about any other public art projects and/or artist residencies you’ve completed and how you worked with the construction team, other artists or the community. If you are applying as an artist team, tell us about your past collaborations and how you would work together on this project.

    *Please do not include proposal information or sketches of a proposed concept. These will not be accepted at this stage as this Call to Artists is a Request for Qualifications not a Request for Proposals.
     
  2. Synopsis
    Provide a brief synopsis (80 words maximum) of your Expression of Interest in a short paragraph, referencing the key relevant details of your artistic approach to this opportunity. This synopsis will be used as a quick reference during the deliberation process by the committee members.
     
  3. Resumé
    Submit a current resumé of your art training, public exhibitions and commissions of your artwork, previous artist in residencies and any other experience directly relevant to this opportunity on a maximum of three pages. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If you are applying as a team, submit a separate resumé for each team member and clearly identify the lead contact for this project.
     
  4. Samples of previous artwork
    Submit a maximum of 10 digital image files showing samples of completed artwork, artwork currently in progress or the fabrication or installation processes for previous public art.  Artist teams are also to submit a maximum of 10 files. If you wish to submit a video or other time-based media, or you are unable to provide us with digital documentation of your work, please contact hannah.kingscote@ottawa.ca or 613-244-4429.
    1. Digital images must be:
      JPG format
      Maximum of 1240 pixels (along the longest side)
       
    2. Digital image files must be named with a number, followed by the title, date, medium, metric dimensions and cost, each separated by an underscore.
      01_Title_date_medium_ height x width x depth cm_ $cost.jpg
      02_Untitled_2014_LED and resin_1 x 4.5 x 7 m_$180,000.jpg
       
    3. Materials that require specialized software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed, or materials that are embedded in any type of presentation, such as websites or Word or PowerPoint documents will not be accepted.
  5. Detail list of previous artwork
    Compile a list with detailed information on the submitted digital images of previous artwork, using the name assigned to the file as per the examples above.

    Include title, date, medium, dimensions, budget, location, fabrication and installation process and other pertinent information of submitted samples of previous artworks.  This list should not exceed 2 pages.

Reference material

Deadline and notification 

Submissions must be received by hand or mail no later than Monday August 22, 2016 at 4 pm EST. This is not a postmarked deadline. Fax or email submissions will not be accepted. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. All participants will be notified of the results of the initial stage of the selection process by email. 

Mail or deliver submissions to: 

Greenbank Road – Public Art
c/o Public Art Program, City of Ottawa
172 Guigues Avenue, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON  K1N 5H9

Copyright and moral rights

Copyright, including any and all designs, drawings and final works of art, shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.

Confidentiality of information

City of Ottawa employees and peer assessment committee members are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the committee as confidential. Committee members turn in their copies ofmaterials for shredding and delete their computer files at the end of the peer assessment meeting.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. Personal Information in your submission is collected under the authority of the City Council approved Public Art Policy. Personal information will only be used for evaluating your submission and administering the City of Ottawa’s Commission program.

Inquiries

Hannah Kingscote, Project Coordinator - Commissions
hannah.kingscote@ottawa.ca
613-244-4429

Road Closure and Overnight Work Notice - 16-17 April 2016

Construction continues on the Greenbank Road Widening project.  Work is now underway to shift railway traffic to the mainline track, including over the new bridge.  This shift of railway traffic and closure of the railway diversion track will occur on Sunday, April 17. 

Before the railway diversion can close, work must occur on the railway track and the railway signals.  This work must occur overnight when there is no train traffic.  City and VIA Rail representatives will be on-site while work is undertaken and all safety regulations will be in effect. 

Please be advised that, weather permitting, railway work is scheduled during the overnight periods of Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17.  Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration.  Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents. 

As part of this construction activity, Greenbank Road will be closed in both directions between Malvern/Foxfield and Wessex/Berrigan from 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16 until late afternoon on Sunday, April 17.  When Greenbank Road re-opens, the railway signals will have been relocated to the mainline  track to protect vehicle traffic from approaching trains.  The trains will travel slowly on the new track, and will gradually increase speed each day. 

Please note that during this road closure, no members of the public will be able to cross through Greenbank Road.  Pedestrians and cyclists will also need to detour around the construction site.  Detour signs will be posted and staff will be on-site to assist in directing traffic. 

There is additional railway work that must be completed in order to allow gradual speed increase each day.  Work is scheduled during the overnight periods of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and if needed, Wednesday.  Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration.  Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents. 

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work.  We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project.

Susan Johns, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
Tel:  (613) 580-2424, ext. 16003 

Christopher Fischer, P.Eng
Project Manager - Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd
Tel:(613)-229-6779

City Representatives on site: 

Saturday April 16 to Sunday April 17  

  • Between 11:00pm and 8:00 am, City rep on site -  Marko Cholich  613-868-0368
  • Between 8:00 am and road opening City rep on site -  Marc Paquette  613-314-7936 

Overnight Work Planned for This Week Notice - 3 December 2015

Construction continues on the Greenbank Road Widening project.  Significant progress has been made on sewer and road works, as well as railway works.  The future underpass is currently under construction.   To finalize work on the railway diversion, there is a need for railway track work this week, in the section of rail adjacent to the future bridge.  Due to the nature of the work, it must be done during the overnight period when no trains are active.  

Please be advised that, weather permitting, railway work is scheduled during the overnight period of Thursday, December 3 starting at 11 p.m. and will be completed by 5:30 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015. 

During this construction work equipment will be operating with lights which will result in noise and possibly vibration.  Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents.  City and VIA Rail representatives will be on-site while work occurs and all safety regulations will be in effect.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work.  We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project. 

Susan Johns, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
Tel:  (613) 580-2424, ext 16003 

Christopher Fischer, P.Eng.
Project Manager – Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited
Tel:  (613) 229-6779

Road closure and overnight work notice - 22-23 August 2015

Greenbank Road widening at VIA railway

Construction continues on the Greenbank Road Widening project.  Work is now underway to shift railway traffic to a new, temporary track approximately 10m south of the mainline track. This railway diversion will be opened to train traffic on Sunday, August 23.

Before the railway diversion can open, work must occur on the railway track and the railway signals. This work must occur overnight when there is no train traffic. City and VIA Rail representatives will be on-site while work is undertaken and all safety regulations will be in effect.

Please be advised that, weather permitting, railway work is scheduled during the overnight periods of Saturday, August 22 to Sunday, August 23. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration. Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents.

As part of this construction activity, Greenbank Road will be closed in both directions between Malvern/Foxfield and Wessex/Berrigan from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22 until late afternoon on Sunday, August 23. When Greenbank Road re-opens, the railway signals will have been relocated to the diversion track to protect vehicle traffic from approaching trains. The trains will travel slowly on the new track, and will gradually increase speed each day.

Please note that during this road closure, no members of the public will be able to cross through Greenbank Road. Pedestrians and cyclists will also need to detour around the construction site. Detour signs will be posted and staff will be on-site to assist in directing traffic.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work. We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project.

Susan Johns, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
Tel:  (613) 580-2424, ext. 16003

Domenic Licandro
Project Manager – Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd
Tel:  (613)-913-2885

City Representatives on site:
Saturday August 22 to Sunday August 23

  • Between 11 pm and 8 am, City rep on site -  Marko Cholich 613-868-0368
  • Between 8 am and road opening, City rep on site -  Steve Neville 613-286-6927

Updated - Night-time work Notice - August 2015

Construction continues on the Greenbank Road Widening project. The Greenbank Detour Road has shifted roadway traffic and work will now continue to shift the railway track south of its current alignment. This railway detour is being constructed to allow the new underpass structure to be constructed. 

To construct the railway detour, railway track must be installed across the Greenbank Detour Road. To allow this work to be completed, Greenbank Road is scheduled to be closed to vehicular, cycling and pedestrian traffic in both directions between Malvern Drive and Wessex Road during the overnight period from 8:00pm on Friday, August 7 to 7:00 am on Saturday, August 8, 2015. This work must occur overnight when there is no train traffic.

City and VIA rail representatives will be on-site while work is done and all safety regulations will be in effect. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration. 

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work.  We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project. 

Susan Johns, P. Eng.  
Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
Tel:  (613) 580-2424 ext. 16003

Domenic Licandro
Project Manager - Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd
Tel:(613)-913-2885 

Marko Cholich
Construction Technician
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
Tel:  (613)-868-0368

Greenbank Road Widening - Blasting Notice - April 20, 2015

Dear Resident, 

The Greenbank Road Widening project includes the construction of a grade-separated rail crossing on Greenbank Road. Blasting is required as part of this element of construction.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited to undertake the Greenbank Road Widening project. A subcontractor, Noremac Drillers, will be doing this work and they have previously distributed letters.

Why:  Part of the Greenbank Road Widening project includes a grade-separated rail crossing and blasting is required to remove materials to prepare for the roadway underpass. 

The contractor will conduct its work in accordance with an approved blasting plan that meets City of Ottawa requirements. Pre-condition audits were performed on adjacent structures, including residential properties and the railway to document the existing conditions.

Vibration monitoring equipment will be installed and will be continuously monitored throughout the blasting phase of construction.

What: Blasting will begin the week of April 20, 2015.       

When: Blasting will begin the week of April 20, 2015 and will take place from Monday to Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for a period of approximately four months.

Where:  Blasting will occur north and south of the railway along the original Greenbank Road right-of-way.  Blasting is not permitted near the railway and rock will be broken using equipment that may cause noise and vibration.  

 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:
Susan Johns, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal West 
(613) 580-2424 Ext 16003                                                         

Contractor’s Representative:
Domenic Licandro
Project Manager
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd
(613) 913-2885

cc:      Councillor Harder, Ward 3

Night-time Work Notice – 28-29 March 2015

Greenbank Road Widening at VIA Railway

Dear Homeowner/Resident, 

Construction continues on the Greenbank Road Widening project.  Currently, a detour is being constructed for Greenbank Rd near the VIA railway.  This detour will be opened to traffic on Sunday, March 29, 2015. 

Before the Greenbank Road detour can open, work must occur on the railway track.  This work must occur overnight when there is no train traffic.  City and VIA Rail representatives will be on-site while work is undertaken and all safety regulations will be in effect.  

Please be advised that railway work is scheduled during the overnight periods  on Friday March 27 to Saturday March 28 and again on Saturday March 28 to Sunday March  29, 2015.  Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration.  Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents. 

As part of this construction activity, Greenbank Road will be closed between Malvern/Foxfield and Wessex/Berrigan from 11 p.m. Saturday, March 28 until Sunday, March 29 in the afternoon. 

Please note that during this road closure, no members of the public will be able to cross through Greenbank. Pedestrians and cyclists will also need to detour around the construction site. Detour signs will be posted and staff will be on-site to assist in directing traffic. 

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work.  We thank you for your continued patience throughout this project.            

Susan Johns, P. Eng.  
Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
Tel:  (613) 580-2424 ext. 16003
Email:  Susan.Johns@ottawa.ca

Domenic Licandro
Project Manager - Contractor
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd
Email: dlicandro@thomascavanagh.ca
Tel:(613)-913-2885

City Representatives:

Friday night, March 27 11:00pm to Saturday March 28 6:00am

  • Contact Marc Paquette  613-394-7936 

Saturday March 28, 2015, 11:00 p.m. to Sunday March 29, 2015 around 1:00 p.m.

  • Between 11pm and 7am, City rep on site -  Marc Paquette 613-394-7936
  • Between 7am and road opening City rep on site -  Steve Neville  613-286-6927 

Construction Notice (September 2014)

Dear Homeowner or Resident,

Beginning this fall, the City of Ottawa will start construction work in your neighbourhood on the Greenbank Road Widening project from Malvern Drive to Marketplace Avenue.  This work is being done to expand the transportation network in response to community growth.

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

Why:             The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction to improve pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure to better meet the needs of growth in Barrhaven. A grade separation structure will be built at the VIA railway crossing.

Where:        Greenbank Road from Malvern Drive/Foxfield Drive to Marketplace Avenue

What:           Work will include:   

  • widening the road from 2 lanes to 4 lanes plus on-road bike lanes
  • a multi-use pathway along the west boulevard
  • concrete sidewalks along the east boulevard
  • relocation of a watermain and construction of a storm sewer
  • a grade separation structure at the VIA rail crossing (road under the railway tracks)
  • a stormwater pump station, forcemain and controlled sewer outlet (stormwater pond) to provide drainage of the railway underpass
  • noise barrier and landscaping.

When:           Work will begin this fall and will last for more than two years.  The contractor will stage the construction over this time, so work areas will change as operations are initiated and completed.  Please check the City website for updates to the Greenbank Road Widening project at Ottawa.ca.

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7am and 10pm.  On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7am and 10pm while Sunday and Statutory holiday work is allowed between 9am and 10pm.    Some night work and weekend work is expected.  Advance notice of these events will be provided to the community by updates on the City website and by Notice to those adjacent the work.    

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

Accessibility

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

Construction Disruptions

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete in 2017.  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 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.   Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.

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

The road, sewer and watermain construction is within the City’s right-of-way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work.  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 not usually a problem.  If construction activities will cause temporary loss of access to your property or business, advance notice will be provided and assistance with alternate access and parking will be offered. 

Pre-Construction Survey

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until the construction project is entirely completed.

The Contractor is also 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. 

Contact Information

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

City’s Project Manager: 
Susan Johns, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 5J9
Tel:  613-580-2424, Ext. 16003

Steve Neville
Construction Technician
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
Tel:  613-286-6927

Contractor’s Representative
Dominic Licandro
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited
9094 Hwy7
Ashton, ON K0A 1B0
Tel: (613) 257-2918