Summary of comments and responses (April 30, 2021)
Welcome to the Online Public Information Session for the Bel-Air Drive, Bedbrooke Street, Field Street, Iris Street Integrated Project. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the project and provide input on the planned works.
The City has a proactive communications approach. The project team will update you on the project using different methods to communicate including letters and posting information on Ottawa.ca.
The purpose of this Online Public Information Session is to present the preliminary design, receive feedback, identify the next steps in this process, and inform residents of the future construction activities.
We invite you to review the provided project material and encourage you to provide your feedback. Please email your comments to the City Project Manager at the email address below, as well as any questions regarding the material, or any other aspects of the project.
Project location key plan
Marc Tremblay, C.E.T.
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Telephone: (613) 580-2424 ext. 14391
Municipal Class Environmental Assessment
As part of the Bel-Air Drive, Bedbrooke Street, Field Street, Iris Street Integrated Project, the public is to be advised of the planned works and consulted prior to project implementation. This public consultation is required in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process.
The project is being planned as a Schedule “A+” under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, October 2000 (as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015, published by the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA)). Schedule A+ projects are “pre-approved”; however, the public is to be advised of the planned works and consulted prior to project implementation. Should the public have any concerns, they are asked to contact municipal staff.
What is the City doing?
The City of Ottawa has identified a requirement for the integrated rehabilitation of select street segments within the Bel-Air Community. The work will involve the replacement of aging road, sewer and watermain infrastructure. The City of Ottawa has retained the services of Novatech to manage and complete the required engineering efforts.
The project scope includes:
- Replacement and upsizing of sanitary sewers along: Bel-Air Drive from 2022 Bel-Air Drive to outlet at 1096 Checkers Road; Iris Street from Field Street to 125m east of Field Street; Field Street from Iris Street to Bel-Air Drive; and, Bedbrooke Street from Iris Street to Bel-Air Drive;
- Removal of storm drainage (where feasible) from the sanitary sewers;
- Replacement of all local watermains within the limits of the sanitary sewer works (except for an already replaced section on Iris Street), as the existing watermains have reached the end of their service life;
- Miscellaneous storm sewer works, including specific spot repairs to correct displaced joints, damaged pipe, etc.; replacement of all catch basins and pipe leads; and, improvements to roadway drainage where deemed appropriate;
- Sanitary and water service replacements to the property line;
- Full road reconstruction for most of the subject street segments as a result of the extent of the sewer and watermain works. Features of the road works are to include widened and added sidewalks, adjustments to pavement widths, including roadway grading improvements; and,
- Implementation of traffic calming measures.
Why is the City doing the work?
Sanitary Sewer Replacement
The existing sanitary sewers within the project limits were constructed between the 1950’s and 1970’s. These sewers have reached the end of their service life and are in generally poor condition, therefore requiring replacement. The replacement of this aging infrastructure will also assist in addressing flooding issues experienced within the community.
All sanitary sewers within the project area drain towards an existing 600mm diameter concrete sanitary outlet sewer which is located within an easement between 1092 and 1096 Checkers Road. The outlet/easement sewer is not scheduled for replacement with this project, as it has been deemed to be in good condition.
The replacement of existing watermains are planned at the following locations.
- Bel-Air Drive – from Checkers Road to Garfield Avenue;
- Checkers Road – from easement between 1092 and 1096 Checkers Road to Bel-Air Drive;
- Bedbrooke Street – from Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street;
- Field Street – from Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street; and,
- Iris Street – from Field Street to 125 metres east.
The new watermains will be constructed as per City Standard. All water services will be replaced between the main and the property line.
The existing storm sewer within the subject street were installed in the 1950’s and are in generally good condition. The storm sewers are not in need of replacement and are to be maintained and protected during construction. The new sanitary sewer and watermains are being designed at alignments and depths to best prevent damage to the existing storm sewers during construction.
There are a few locations within the project limits where short sections of storm sewer have been identified to have existing pipe deficiencies. These deficiencies will be repaired during construction.
Existing road drainage is captured by catch basins which connect to the existing storm sewers. Catch basins and connecting pipes will be replaced with the reconstruction, along with minor adjustments at some locations to best suit the new roadway grading.
For additional design details on the planned sewers and watermains, please view the plans at the link below.
Plan and profile
Due to the location and extent of the sewer and watermain works, the existing roadway will be significantly impacted and require reinstatement. This also provides the opportunity to make some modifications to roadway components, provide widened and added sidewalks for pedestrians and calm traffic. More specifically, changes to the roadway will include:
- Existing sidewalks will be widened from 1.6m to 1.8m or greater;
- New sidewalks added;
- Adjustments to overall pavement widths; and,
- Introduction of mid-block narrowings and speed humps to achieve traffic calming.
Please note that on-street parking allowances and restrictions will be modified to accommodate the mid-block narrowings and speed humps.
Road works proposed for each street segment include:
- Bel-Air Drive – Checkers Road to Field Street:
- Within this section the pavement width is being reduced from 8.5m to 8.0m to accommodate the new 2.0m concrete sidewalk on the south side.
- It is proposed to add curb extensions fronting 2179, 2170, 2162, 2149, and 2144 Bel-Air Drive to narrow the driving platform to 6.0m. A standard asphalt speed hump will be constructed between the two curb extensions at 2162 Bel-Air Drive.
- Bel-Air Drive – Field Street to approx. 60m West of Garfield Avenue:
- In this section the pavement width is maintained at generally the same width as existing (8.5m).
- There is potential for a Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) to be installed at the National Capital Commission (NCC) pathway approx. 178m east of Field Street.
- Bedbrooke Street – Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street:
- Within this section the pavement width is being reduced from 8.5m to 8.0m to accommodate the new 1.8m concrete sidewalk on the east side and provide better clearance from mature trees.
- It is proposed to add curb extensions fronting 1094, 1118, 1125, 1132, and 1141 Bedbrooke Street to narrow the driving platform to 6.0m. A standard asphalt speed hump will be constructed at the narrowing at 1132 Bedbrooke Street.
- Field Street – Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street:
- Within this section the pavement width is maintained at generally the same width as existing (8.5m) and the sidewalk on the west side will be widened to 2.0m (concrete). The resulting back of sidewalk alignment will coincide the existing back of sidewalk.
- It is proposed to add curb extensions fronting 1085, 1101, 1114, 1127, and 1136 Field Street to narrow the driving platform to 6.0m. A standard asphalt speed hump will be constructed at the narrowing at 1136 Field Street.
- Iris Street – Field Street to 125m east:
- In this section the pavement width will be reduced to 11.0m along Iris Street. 1.8m (concrete) sidewalks are proposed on the north side of the street east of the intersection for 45m. A 1.8m concrete sidewalk will be added on the south side of Iris Street, west of Field Street extending to the existing bus stop.
- It is proposed to add east-west ride-over curb extensions on all corners of the Field/Iris intersection to narrow the driving platform to 7.0m.
- No changes to the curb side parking provisions are proposed, with the exception of prohibiting parking close to the Field and Iris Intersection. Stopping will be prohibited along the south side of Iris Street along both sides closest to Field where parking cannot be provided.
For additional design details on the planned road works, please view the plans at the link below.
Proposed Design Elements
The subject streets are lined with many large mature trees which are a defining characteristic of the Bel-Air Community. The intent of this project is to minimize impact on existing trees.
The alignments of the new sewers, watermain and sidewalks have been established in a manner that best limits the potential for impact to the trees, while also providing adequate separation from other utilities within the Right of Way (ROW). Alternatives are also being explored for the replacement of the sewer and water services (i.e. from the new mains to the property line) to best protect these trees.
Further documentation of the trees will be done during the spring, including identifying any locations of potential concern with maintaining specific trees while completing the sewer and water service replacements. Alternative service replacement approaches will be considered as necessary.
There is a potential that sewer and water services on select properties will need to be realigned/deflected back onto private property to avoid trees. Individual property owners will be contacted by the City Project Manager in advance of construction, if this applies.
Lead Pipe Replacement Program
With the Bel-Air Drive, Bedbrooke Street, Field Street, Iris Street Integrated Project, all water services will be replaced from the new watermain to the property line with copper service material. Replacement of water services beyond the property line (on private property) are not part of the scope of works, as property owners are responsible for this portion of the service.
It is noted that typically homes constructed before 1955 are serviced by lead water services. The City’s Lead Pipe Replacement Program provides support to eligible residents for the replacement of the private portion (i.e. from the property line to the meter) of a residential property’s lead water service pipe.
The best way to determine if your water services pipe is lead or copper is to scratch the service pipe with sandpaper to expose bare metal. The only visible portion of the water service pipe is located between your basement’s concrete floor and the water meter. Lead pipes are dull grey in colour and are easily scratched by a hard object. Copper pipes are red-brown and corroded portions may show a green deposit.
Additional information on the City’s Lead Pipe Replacement Program.
What to Expect During Construction?
Temporary Overland Water Supply
While the new sewers and watermain are being constructed, the existing watermain will need to be taken out of service and removed or abandoned. For this to take place, a temporary overland water supply system will be put in place to provide potable water to residents.
This system will generally consist of a series of connected flexible hoses which are fed from the existing watermain at each limit of the construction (i.e. Checkers Road, Iris Street at Bedbrooke Street and Field Street, and Bel-Air Drive at Garfield Avenue). The temporary supply system will either connect to the existing water service (at the property line) or alternatively will be connected to a suitable outside tap at the resident’s home.
Water quality is checked by City staff throughout construction. Once the new watermain is in place and tested, homes will be disconnected from the temporary supply system and connected to the new water supply system.
Bel-Air Drive between Checkers Road and Garfield Avenue, Bedbrooke Street and Field Street will be closed to traffic, however, local access to properties will be maintained throughout construction.
A minimum of one continuous sidewalk will be maintained at all times within the project limits. The contractor will be required to provide suitable pedestrian access for residents to their dwellings at all times. This will require the use of temporary surface measures (i.e. asphalt, etc.) as deemed necessary. Access to schools will be maintained when necessary.
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 City’s Project Manager.
Access to Private Property
The Contractor is required to provide vehicle access for all existing entrances/private approaches and ensure that all driving surfaces are maintained and are operational. All vehicle access to existing entrances/private approaches must be fully operational once the construction for the day is completed, unless proper advance notification has been provided by the Contractor to the property owner and temporary on-street parking arrangements have been made. These temporary arrangements may be necessary at times when works are taking place in front of dwellings and when concrete sidewalk and curb works take place.
On-street parking will need to be temporarily removed for the duration of construction to allow the works to be completed (provided work is taking place).
Notification Prior to Construction
Residents will be notified prior to construction commencement. Details will be provided on construction schedule and sequencing.
Anticipated project timeline
Design completion: April 2021
Tender award: late May 2021
Construction start: July 2021 (subject to budget approval)
Construction completion: late fall 2022
Potential for some carry over surface course paving and landscape reinstatements to spring 2023 following the typical winter shutdown period.
You can remain involved in the Bel-Air Drive, Bedbrooke Street, Field Street, Iris Street Integrated Project by:
- Providing comments and questions on the proposed works via e-mail, no later than February 16, 2021; and,
- Contacting the City’s Project Manager at any time during the remainder of the design phase and during the construction phase of this project.