Beginning mid-April, the City of Ottawa will continue construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to rehabilitate the roadway, sewer and watermain in your community.
Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Taggart Construction, to complete the work.
Why: The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction due to age, condition and a requirement for sewer separation.
What: Work will involve the rehabilitation of sewers, watermains and roadways in your community.
When: Construction and limited tree removal will recommence on Monday, April 11, 2016. Construction will continue on the sewers and watermain. Landscaping and paving of the road (wear course) will be complete at the end of 2016.
The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm. Although work is permitted on Saturdays between 7 am and 10 pm, the contractor has advised the City that usual construction hours will be weekdays from 7 am to 6 pm. This will be modified as needed, for example if weather affects the schedule, or if conditions change. Please check the City website for updates to the Rockcliffe North Phase 2 Reconstruction project.
Where: Full-road reconstruction and installation of underground infrastructure on Buena Vista Road, Minto Place, Manor Avenue, David Thomas Lane, Hillcrest Road, Thorold Road, Montagu Place, Springfield Road, Coltrin Road, and Coltrin Place.
Resurfacing will also occur on Birkenfels Road.
Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.
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 On-Site Inspector or the Contractor’s Representative.
On-street parking and traffic
During construction, road closures will be in effect , although access for local traffic will be maintained. The Contractor is required to ensure that homeowners have access to their properties at all times. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a temporary On Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be issued by the City Inspector to authorize on street parking within a few blocks of your residence. The road closures will be coordinated as the construction progresses.
Taggart Construction Ltd. is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely completed in 2016. 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 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.
Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties
The road, sewer and watermain reconstruction 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. Lawns, pathways, gardens and/or driveways may be disturbed. The affected areas will be reinstated as soon as possible after construction is completed, at no cost to you. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right-of-way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you may care to move them in preparation for the construction 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.
Taggart Construction Ltd. 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 have already been 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.
Private water services
One element of the reconstruction project is the replacement of the watermain under the road. This work will include replacement of the small water pipe that supplies water to your property, known as the “water service.” The water service extends from the watermain to your home. Part of the water service is located within the City’s property and part of the water service is located on your private property. This reconstruction project will replace that part of the water service that is located on the City-owned property. The City will only replace the City-owned portion of the water service between the watermain and your front property line. This will be done at no cost to you. The private section of the water service (on your property) between the front property line and your building is known as the private water service. The private water service will not be replaced as part of the City project.
If your house was built prior to 1958, there is a possibility that your private water service may have been constructed using lead pipe (modern pipes are copper or HDPE). There is information available on the City’s website Ottawa.ca regarding lead in drinking water, how to determine if you have lead plumbing pipes and the City’s Lead Pipe replacement Program.
If you decide to replace your private water service because of an existing lead pipe or simply for preventive maintenance due to the pipe’s age, there are a few options available for you to consider. In all cases, you as the property owner, are responsible for the cost of this replacement as you own the pipe located on your property.
You may choose to do the work yourself by hiring your own contractor. The only constraint is that you may not carry out your work while the City is working on the street and replacing your water service up to your property line. Concurrent work on your adjacent land may create a safety hazard for the City’s contractor and/or for your contractor. Once the City’s work is complete, you may replace your private water service at any time thereafter.
The City does have a Lead Pipe Replacement Program where the City carries out the replacement on behalf of the property owner; however, it is not set up to work with any concurrent City road, sewer or watermain construction. The program covers the replacement of both the private water service and the City-owned portion of the water service when no other City construction is planned. Since, as part of the current City project, the water service will be replaced up to your front property line, the Lead Pipe Replacement Program will only be available to you up to 2 years after the completion of the planned watermain work. Under the Lead Pipe Replacement Program the City cannot replace the private water service until the watermain work is completed for the same safety reasons described in Option 1. Please note that you are responsible for all costs under this program. Please contact the Water and Wastewater Services Customer Information at 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) ext. 22300 if you have further questions about the Program.
Lawn irrigation systems
If you own a subsurface lawn irrigation system, please notify the City’s Project Manager identified below.
Fire supply interruption
In addition, during construction, water will be supplied to buildings by temporary water lines. Municipal fire suppression will continue during this temporary period. Please note that private home/building fire suppression systems could be impacted as temporary water is being provided for domestic consumption purposes only. If you have a home/building fire suppression system, you are recommended to make arrangements with a fire protection services company and in order to determine the extent of any impact. For information on minimizing your fire risk contact the City’s Fire Services at (613) 580-2424 ext. 15371 (East) or ext. 15372 (West). We apologize in advance for any disruptions in water service during construction. Any problems with the temporary water services can be directed to our on-site construction inspector, or call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.
During the watermain renewal project, your property will be placed on a temporary water service. While your property will be on this temporary service, your water usage will be estimated since the temporary service is not metered. Your water bill will be based on your past average water usage. If you have any questions please contact Revenue at 613-580-2444” or WS-Billing@ottawa.ca.
The City is committed to minimizing any disruption and inconvenience to the public during construction. We again would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact:
City’s project manager:
Fraser Smith, P. Eng.
Senior Engineer Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: (613) 580-2424, Ext. 25095
Christian Bougie, P. Eng.
J.L. Richards and Associates Limited
864 Lady Ellen Place
Taggart Construction Limited
Tel.: (613) 521-3000
Contract administrator’s inspector:
J.L. Richards and Associates
Tel.: (613) 222-2893
Contract administrator’s inspector:
J.L. Richards and Associates
Tel.: (613) 229-7922