Beginning in late May 2016, the City of Ottawa (City) will begin construction 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 Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited to complete the work.
Why: This work is needed to replace ageing infrastructure in your community.
What: The work will involve the rehabilitation of the roadway, sewers and watermain in your community. It will also include traffic calming features, such as bulb-outs and raised intersections. Painted cycling lanes will also be included as part of this project.
Where: The work will be conducted within the City’s right-of-way, on Spencer Street between Western Avenue and Holland Avenue. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.
When: Construction activities will begin late May and is expected to last until December 2016. The final lift of asphalt and the final landscaping work will be completed in the spring of 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 Blastek, 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 Limited at 613-822-1064.
Fire Supply Interruption
During construction, water will be supplied to buildings by temporary waterlines. Municipal fire suppression will continue during this temporary period. Please note that private/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, please contact the City’s Fire Services at (613) 580-2424 ext 15372. 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 Inspector, or please call the City at 3-1-1.
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 undersigned.
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, 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.
Water and Sewer Lateral Replacement
As part of the work, the watermain and sanitary sewer laterals will be replaced to the property line, within the City’s right-of-way.
On-Street Parking & Traffic
To allow the work to be completed in a timely manner, on street parking will 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 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.
Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until the work is entirely complete in 2017. 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.
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.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:
Simon Plourde, P.Eng.
Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Limited
Jason Bettez, P.Eng.
J.L. Richards and Associates
(613) 728-3572 Ext 1249
City’s On-Site Inspector:
Ziad Makdessi, P.Eng.
Senior Construction Inpsector
J.L. Richards and Associates
City’s Project Manager:
Tara Blasioli, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Construction Services Division – West
(613) 580-2424 Ext 23970