Beginning in October 2016, the City of Ottawa will be completing work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to repair and modify the Richmond Forcemain.
Who: The City of Ottawa has awarded the Contractor, Robert Excavating, to complete the work.
Why: The original forcemain was built in the early 1980s and is in need of repair.
What: The construction project will involve repairs and modifications to the existing 500mm diameter forcemain, the installation of a new bypass 300mm diameter forcemain to facilitate the repairs, the installation of a new section of 600mm diameter forcemain for the proposed future development within the Village of Richmond, and decommissioning of an abandoned forcemain in the immediate vicinity of the Richmond Sewage Pump Station.
When: This work is tentatively planned to begin in October 2016 and be completed by October 2017.
Where: Construction of two (2) new forcemains between the Richmond Sewage Pumping Station (RSPS) at 63 Royal York Street and Lagoon Cell C. Spot repairs and modifications to the transition couplings, valves and valve accessories will be made at various structures along the existing forcemain between the RSPS and Lagoon Cell C as well as on Eagleson Road between the Jock River crossing and Robertson Road.
An abandoned forcemain will also be decommissioned as part of the works and runs from the RSPS from Royal York St and along King St to Chanonhouse Dr. before heading north at Chanonhouse park through adjacent wooded lands prior to reaching the Lagoon site.
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 City’s Project Manager or the Contractor’s Representative.
On-street traffic, parking and transit
Adjacent roadways will remain open, however, local reductions to one (1) travel lane will be permitted and traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons (flaggers). Lane reductions on Eagleson are not permitted during peak periods (weekdays 7 – 9 am and 3:30 – 5:30 pm).
Transit service will continue, however, there may be temporary relocations of stops during the construction period.
Construction disruptions, Lagoon area, trails and lands along the Jock River
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 work, such as traffic delays, parking restrictions, and noise. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.
The Lagoon area and parking lot (near Barnsdale Road) including the trails along the Jock River between the Richmond Sewage Pumping Station and Eagleson will be closed for the duration of the construction
Noise and hours of work
The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am and 10 pm, while Sunday and statutory holiday work is allowed between 9 am and 10 pm.
The City advises that strong odours may potentially come from the construction site during the works.There are three separate sources of odour:
- At Richmond Sewage Pump Station;
- At Lagoon Cell C; and
- Along the forcemain, where structures are being upgraded/rehabilitated.
Each of the above-noted sources of odour could trigger specific odour mitigation measures. City of Ottawa Staff considers this situation a high priority and will work closely with engineering professionals to monitor and mitigate odour propagation, as required.
Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties
Construction within the City’s right-of-way may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The affected areas will be reinstated as soon as possible after construction is completed, at no cost to you.
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.
Robert Excavating 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. DST Consulting Engineers Inc. 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 on 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.
As part of this contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the contractor and to the City’s on-site Representative. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations. Should you have any inquiries once work commences, please do not hesitate to contact:
City’s project manager:
Danny Palermo, P.Eng.
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic
Design and Construction – Branch 2
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext 25568
Richard Telmosse, MBA, P.Eng. ing.
For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please visit ottawa.ca or call the City at 3-1-1.