Beginning at the end of May 2016, the City of Ottawa will begin work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to rehabilitate the roadway, sewers and watermain in your community.
Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Robert Excavating, to complete the work.
Why: The Contractor and the City of Ottawa will be completing the integrated reconstruction project in an effort to renew the infrastructure in your neighbourhood and enhance the functionality of the street.
What: Work will involve the reconstruction of the watermain and combined sewers including a large diameter combined sewer on McLeod Street that will tie into the future Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST). As part of the coordinated work, full road reconstruction is proposed. Concrete curbs and 1.8m wide concrete sidewalks will be installed throughout the project limits.
When: This work is tentatively planned to begin by the end of May 2016 and will continue until December 2016. After winter shut down the final lift asphalt and final landscaping will be completed in spring 2017.
Where: Full road reconstruction and installation of combined sewers and watermains along Lyon Street (between Florence Street and McLeod Street) and McLeod Street (between Lyon Street and Kent Street).
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 & Traffic
Full road closures of the roadways will be occurring at various times for work along Lyon Street and McLeod Street including the intersection of Lyon and McLeod. As a result of the closures temporary street conversions will be made to convert existing one-way streets with on street parking into two-way streets during construction. Detours for vehicular and cycling traffic will be in place during the road closures.
The Contractor is required to ensure that homeowners have access to their properties. 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 On-Site Inspector to authorize on-street parking within a few blocks of your residence.
Noise and Hours of Work
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. The contractor has advised the City that usual construction hours will be 7am to 6pm.
Impact on the Right-of-Way and Adjacent Private Properties
Reconstruction within the City’s right-of-way 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 wish to preserve, we suggest that you may want to move the plants 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.
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. 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; 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.
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 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/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 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.
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 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.
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:
Patrick Chamney, P.Eng.
Design and Construction Municipal West
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 5J9
Tel: 613 580-2424, Ext. 28929
Design and Construction Municipal Wes
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 5J9
1482 St-Jacques Street
Embrun, ON K0A 1W0
Tel: 613 220-4670