In early September, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to rehabilitate the watermain, road surface, and concrete curb on Sandridge Road.
Where: Sandridge Road from Merriman Avenue to St. Laurent Boulevard
Who: The Contractor, Ottawa Greenbelt Construction, will be performing the construction work for the City of Ottawa.
Why: The City of Ottawa is proceeding with construction due to age and condition of the existing watermain.
What: Work will involve the rehabilitation of the watermain and roadway on Sandridge Road. A trench will be cut in the north side of the roadway where the new watermain will be constructed. Trenches from the main will be cut across the road to install a water service to each property. At the end of the project, the curb on the south side will be replaced. The top layer of asphalt will be milled across the full width of the road and repaved to rehabilitate the roadway surface. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.
When: The first stage of work is tentatively planned to begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Construction work will stop late this fall once the watermain work is complete and the road has been paved with a first layer of asphalt.
The second stage of construction will occur in 2017 and will include the final layer of asphalt paving, concrete curb work, and final landscaping.
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 hours of work for this project will typically be Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. However, due to traffic restrictions, some work may be required to occur on weekends or overnight. Please consult Ottawa.ca/sandridge-road-watermain-replacement for updates.
Accessibility is an important priority for the City of Ottawa. Temporary hard surfaces will be signed and provided to allow access through and around the construction site. Should you require specific accommodations, please contact the undersigned.
During the Contractor’s working hours, Sandridge Road will be reduced to one alternating lane. Outside of working hours, two lanes will be maintained. A full road closure is not anticipated.
To allow the work to be completed in a timely manner, on-street parking may be prohibited during the construction period. Signs will be placed 24 hours in advance indicating the parking prohibition. Vehicles
parked at these locations may be towed at the owner’s expenses. Parking fines may also apply. In the event that access to your driveway is temporarily restricted due to construction activities, the City’s 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.
Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties
Construction activities will occur within the City’s right-of-way but may result in some disruption to adjacent properties; driveways, walkways, lawns and/or gardens may be disturbed. In preparation for construction, the City recommends you remove any assets (i.e. temporary signage, parked vehicles, lawn furniture, special plantings, etc.) from the right-of-way. The disturbed areas will be reinstated within reason towards the end of construction at no cost to you.
You may feel vibrations at your home, institution or business due to the use of the heavy equipment needed to complete this work. The vibrations are not expected to be of a level that would impact private properties. As a precaution however, the Contractor will hire a specialist to conduct pre-construction surveys to assure property owners that any damage to private property will be recorded and addressed.
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 the 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 and connect it to your private water service. 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 as preventive maintenance due to the pipe’s age, there are two options available. In both 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 hire your own contractor to replace the water pipes on your private property. The only constraint is that you may not carry out your work while the City is working on the street. Concurrent work on your adjacent property 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 for which the City carries out the replacement on behalf of the property owner; however, this program is not undertaken as part of 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 homes and buildings by temporary water lines. Municipal fire response 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). 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.
To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:
City’s project manager:
Houssam Alchawa, P.Eng
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 25692
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8