Beginning in early July 2016, the City of Ottawa (City) will begin construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to improve surface drainage and replace aging infrastructure in your community.
Who: The City of Ottawa has hired Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Company Limited to complete the work.
Why: This work is needed to improve surface drainage within the City’s Right-of-Way and replace aging infrastructure in your community.
What: The work will involve installation of a new storm sewer, replacement of the sanitary sewer and water main, re-construction of the roadway, concrete curb and reinstatement of driveway, paths, garden soil and boulevard. Sanitary sewer and water main service laterals will be replaced within the City’s Right-of-Way. The work will also include improved street lighting, new trees and a new sidewalk on the north side of Lyman Street.
Where: The work will be conducted within the City’s right-of-way, on Lyman Street between Kirkwood Avenue and Hilson Avenue. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.
When: Construction activities are scheduled to begin in early July 2016, and is expected to last until the end of October 2016. The final top layer of asphalt is scheduled to be installed in Spring 2017.
The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., while Sunday and statutory holiday work is allowed between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The Contractor has advised the City that typical construction hours will be weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Contractor is 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 carry out pre-construction inspections of properties within the construction zone. It is to your own benefit to have the inspection conducted on your property. Residents will be receiving a separate notice from the company hired by the Contractor, to undertake property investigations. If you have any questions about the Contractor’s inspections or concerns about property damages, please call the office of Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Company Limited at 613-822-1064.
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 Contractor’s Administrator or the City’s Project Manager noted below.
Impact on the Right-of-Way and Adjacent Private Properties
The construction work 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, 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 move the plants in advance of the construction work. If you own a subsurface lawn irrigation system, or a heated driveway system, please notify the City’s Project Manager identified below.
Ottawa Greenbelt is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until the work is entirely complete. The Contractor will take every precaution necessary 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 in advance for your patience and co-operation.
Roadway access will remain open to local residents only from Kirkwood Avenue OR from Hilson Avenue. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, the On-Site Inspector will provide you with a temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) to authorize on-street parking within a few blocks of your residence or, between July 4th and August 26th, 2016, to authorize parking in the designated area at Hilson Avenue Public School.
It should also be noted that, the Contractor assumes full responsibility for the construction work until completion as well as for 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 On-Site Inspector. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations. Also, the City will be taking photographs to ensure private properties are returned to their original or better condition.
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 building. Part of the water service is located within the City’s right-of-way 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/building 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 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.
There is a possibility that the City’s contractor would be willing to replace your private water service at the same time as they are replacing the water service up to your property line. If the City’s Contractor is willing to carry out private water service replacements and you choose this option, you would then be hiring and paying the City’s contractor directly. If you are interested in this arrangement, please contact Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Company Limited directly to find out the availability and details of this option.
Please be advised, that should resident’s enter into a private agreement with the City’s General Contractor, the City will not become involved in any oversight of work or dispute resolution for work done on private property.
Sewer Lateral Replacement
As part of the roadway reconstruction project, the sanitary sewer laterals will be replaced to the property line within the City’s right-of-way. Where previously communicated by the City to specific local residents, there is a possibility that certain laterals may need to be lined from inside your basement to the new sewer to minimize impact to existing trees, roots or other surface features. Additional coordination by the City will be required with you for some of these activities prior to doing any work.
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.
While your property will be on this temporary service, your water usage will be estimated since the temporary service is not metered. Your water 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 work may cause pressure reductions and the need for occasional short interruptions in your water service.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:
Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Company Limited
Raj Rajput, P.Eng.
(613) 225-1311 Ext 544
City’s Project Manager:
Jeff de Laat, P.Eng.,
Senior Project Manager
Construction Services Division – West
(613) 580-2424 Ext 21916