Borthwick Avenue, Quebec Street and Gardenvale Road

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Underway

Project overview

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the preliminary and detailed design for the renewal of Borthwick Avenue, Quebec Street and Gardenvale Road. The existing watermain, sewers and road infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of upgrading to provide the required level of service to the neighbourhood. The City has identified the need for reconstruction of the following works for the roads below (watermain and sanitary sewer implied unless otherwise stated):

  • Borthwick Avenue (Clarke Avenue to Gardenvale Road)
  • Quebec Street (Borthwick Avenue to Cummings Avenue)
  • Gardenvale Road (from Trojan Avenue to Cummings Avenue)

Project timing

Preliminary and detailed design: winter 2017 to spring 2019
Design assignment completion: spring 2019
Construction start: summer 2020
Construction completion: spring 2022, landscape/asphalt restoration

Budget

Project funds approved to date are $5.02 million.

Public involvement

A public information session was held in March 2018, where the preliminary design drawings were presented to the public. An additional detailed design public information session was held in April 2019 to show the final changes to be implemented. At that time attendees were able to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works.

Accessibility

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 project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

COVID-19

The City of Ottawa, in its commitment to protecting people and the community, continues to work closely with the industry and to comply with recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Contact information

For any emergency during normal working hours, outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

City Project Manager
Julie Lyons, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 13343

City Contract Administrator
Gerald Doucette, P.Eng.
CIMA+
Tel.: 613-860-2462 ext. 6614
Cell: 613-222-3739

City On-Site Representative
Chuck Chard, Construction Technician
Cell: 613-913-9483

Contractor Representative
Paul Lemire, Project Manager
C.A.C.E. Construction (1991) Ltd.
Tel.: 613-894-1216

Tips for sod maintenance (May 2021)

Recently, new sod was installed in front of your property. The contractor is required to maintain the sod regularly for a 60-day period after installation.

During the 60-day period while the contractor is maintaining the sod, residents are asked to refrain from mowing the lawn and to keep foot traffic to a minimum for three to four weeks. This allows for the root system to establish.

After the 60-day period, residents are requested to ensure the maintenance, health and survival of this new sod. Below are some suggested tips:

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  • Water the lawn approximately twice a week making sure to apply half an inch of water. Levels can be monitored by putting a small open can on the lawn to quantify total water.
  • Residents may cut the lawn as needed, as the sod has taken root and can withstand normal wear and tear. It is important however, not to cut it too short in an effort to protect the established root system.
  • Do not water sod 1-2 days before cutting.
  • If applying fertilizer, choose one that has a nutrient ratio of 3:1:2, which indicates the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK).

Please feel free to contact the undersigned if you have any issues or concerns.

Julie Lyons, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 13343

Construction notice (April 2021)

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community. The Province of Ontario has allowed certain businesses and workplaces, including all municipal construction projects, to continue operations subject to compliance with strict public health and safety protocols. The City is working closely with the industry and complying with restrictions and recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Starting mid-April, the City of Ottawa will commence construction to finish up the remaining work in the project area. This notice is to provide an update regarding the reinstatement of properties impacted by the construction work.

What: The project works for 2021 include the completion of:

  • Sidewalks and pavement
  • Infrastructure adjustments
  • Hard landscaping, such as driveways and walkways
  • Soft landscaping, such as sod and plantings

Why: The purpose of the work is to upgrade the infrastructure that has reached the end of its service life.

When: This work is planned to start in mid-April 2021 and be finished by the end of June 2021.

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) 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.

This will be modified as needed, for example if weather affects the schedule, or if conditions change.

Where: The project limits are:

      • Borthwick Avenue from Clarke Avenue to Gardenvale Road
      • Quebec Street from Borthwick Avenue to Cummings Avenue
      • Gardenvale Road from Borthwick Avenue to 40 metres west of Borthwick Avenue
      • Gardenvale Road from Trojan Avenue to Cummings Avenue (road resurfacing only)

Who: C.A.C.E. Construction is the contractor who will complete these replacements for the City of Ottawa.

Soft Landscaping

The Contractor will maintain any soft landscaping, such as new sod, for a period of 60 days. After which, maintenance of the soft landscaping is the responsibility of the property owner. Please note that new sod is not as resilient as established lawns and requires a greater level of care to ensure its survival. Below are some suggested tips:

  • Water the lawn approximately twice a week making sure to apply half an inch of water. Levels can be monitored by putting a small open can on the lawn to quantify total water.
  • Residents may cut the lawn as needed, as the sod has taken root and can withstand normal wear and tear. It is important however, not to cut it too short in an effort to protect the established root system.
  • Do not water sod 1-2 days before cutting.
  • If applying fertilizer, choose one that has a nutrient ratio of 3:1:2, which indicates the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK).

Accessibility

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. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Safety

During construction, it is our priority to ensure the safety of the public, but we need your co-operation to make it safer for everyone. Please stay clear of all construction equipment and open excavations. If applicable, please tell your children about the dangers of playing near a construction area.

Traffic

Access to private properties will generally be maintained throughout the construction period; notice will be provided prior construction in front of your residence.

Construction Disruptions

C.A.C.E Construction will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the normal 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 operation of the work, such as delays when travelling through the construction zone, noise and dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

Property Damage

As part of the contract, 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 City’s on-site Inspector. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.

Contact Information

For any emergency during normal working hours, outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

City Project Manager
Julie Lyons, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 13343

City On-Site Representative
Chuck Chard, Construction Technician
City of Ottawa
Cell: 613-913-9483

City Contract Administrator
Gerald Doucette, P.Eng.
CIMA+
Tel.: 613-860-2462 ext. 6614
Cell: 613-222-3739

Contractor Representative
Paul Lemire, Project Manager
C.A.C.E. Construction (1991) Ltd.
Tel.: 613-894-1216

Notices

Construction notice (April 2020)

Starting mid-April, the City of Ottawa will commence construction on the new watermains and sewers, new sidewalk and road reconstruction on Borthwick Avenue, Quebec Street and Gardenvale Road. Pre-construction surveys and investigation will take place prior to any groundbreaking.

What: The proposed work will renew infrastructure in your neighbourhood and will involve the construction of new watermains and sewers along with full road reconstruction. House services will be replaced up to the property line.

Why: The purpose of the work is to upgrade the infrastructure that has reached the end of its service life.

When: This work is planned to start in mid-April 2020 and be substantially finished by mid-November, with completion by the summer of 2021.

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) 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. This will be modified as needed, for example if weather affects the schedule, or if conditions change.

Where: The project limits are:

      • Borthwick Avenue from Clarke Avenue to Gardenvale Road
      • Quebec Street from Borthwick Avenue to Cummings Avenue
      • Gardenvale Road from Borthwick Avenue to 40 metres west of Borthwick Avenue
      • Gardenvale Road from Trojan Avenue to Cummings Avenue (road resurfacing only)

Who: C.A.C.E. Construction is the contractor who will complete these replacements for the City of Ottawa.

Safety

During construction, it is our priority to ensure the safety of the public, but we need your co-operation to make it safer for everyone. Please stay clear of all construction equipment and open excavations. If applicable, please tell your children about the dangers of playing near a construction area.

Traffic

Borthwick Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Clarke Avenue and Gardenvale Road. Access to private properties will generally be maintained throughout the construction period; notice will be provided prior construction in front of your residence.

Construction disruptions

C.A.C.E Construction will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the normal 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 operation of the work, such as delays when travelling through the construction zone, noise and dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

Pre-Construction Survey

C.A.C.E. Construction is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until the construction project is entirely completed. C.A.C.E. Construction is also required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed. You may be asked by the contractor’s consultant, DST Consulting Engineers, 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, that construction has had at 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.

Property Damage

As part of the contract, 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 City’s on-site Inspector. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.

Notice of geotechnical investigation (June 2019)

The City of Ottawa will be undertaking geotechnical work in your neighbourhood. This work is being done to gather additional information on the existing underground conditions for the construction of the Borthwick Avenue, Quebec Street and Gardenvale Road Integrated Road, Water and Sewer project.

What: The investigation work will involve the excavation of two test pits.

Why: This work supports the construction.

When: This work is planned for June 27, 2019.

Where: Two locations on Borthwick Avenue, one just north of Quebec Street and the other just south of Burn Street.

Who: Cima Canada Inc. and their sub-consultant, Golder, will perform the work for the City of Ottawa.

Construction deferral notice (June 2019)

As you are aware, the City of Ottawa had planned to renew infrastructure in your neighbourhood this summer. We wish to inform you that the construction works have been deferred until next year.

What: The proposed work will renew infrastructure in your neighbourhood and will involve the construction of new watermains and sewers along with full road reconstruction. House services will be replaced up to the property line.

Why: Originally, the project was scheduled to have all underground works completed this year, with finishing works, i.e. pave top lift, landscaping, etc., completed next spring. Unfortunately, the tender and award process were delayed, which was going to result in underground works being completed over two construction seasons (2019 and 2020), with finishing work in the third season (2021). For efficiency, and to limit the impact to your neighbourhood, the project will now be re-tendered this fall, will all underground construction work scheduled for completion in one season (2020), with finishing work the next spring (2021).

When: The City is now planning construction activities within the project limits from May/June 2020 (below grade) to June 2021 (above grade finishing works), with winter shut down periods from November to April.

Where: The project limits are:

  • Borthwick Avenue from Clarke Avenue to Gardenvale Road
  • Quebec Street from Borthwick Avenue to Cummings Avenue
  • Gardenvale Road from Borthwick Avenue to 40 metres west of Borthwick Avenue
  • Gardenvale Road from Trojan Avenue to Cummings Avenue (road resurfacing only)

Utility investigations (March 2019)

The City of Ottawa will be undertaking utility investigations in your neighbourhood. This work is being done to determine existing underground utility locations to support the design for the Borthwick Avenue, Quebec Street and Gardenvale Road Integrated Road, Water and Sewer project.

What: The investigation work will involve locating existing underground utilities.

Why: This work supports the design.

When: This work will take place for one week in March.

Where: At localized spots along Borthwick Avenue between Clarke Avenue and Gardenvale Road.

Who: Cima Canada Inc. and their sub-consultant, Clean Water Works, will perform the work for the City of Ottawa.

Public information session presentation (April 10, 2019)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
675 Gardenvale Road
Ottawa, ON

Introduction

The City of Ottawa has identified a requirement for the reconstruction of Borthwick Avenue (Clarke Avenue to Gardenvale Road) including new sewers, watermain, and road reconstruction as well as the addition of a sidewalk.

The sanitary sewer and watermain on Quebec Street (from Borthwick Avenue to Cummings Avenue) will be replaced and the roadway will be reconstructed.

The watermain and storm sewer on Gardenvale Road (from Borthwick Avenue to Trojan Avenue) will be replaced and the roadway reconstructed with a new sidewalk.

Gardenvale Road (from Borthwick Avenue to Cumming Avenue) will be resurfaced.

Any landscaping features such as driveways, walkways, concrete pavers, sod, and other vegetation that might be affected by the work will, wherever possible, be reinstated. The alignment of the road has been designed to preserve the trees. New trees and landscaping will be added on the City right of way.

Specifically, the work required includes:

  • New pavement structure and construction of a 1.8 metre wide sidewalk along the east side of Borthwick Avenue and south side of Gardenvale Road.
  • Replacement of sanitary sewer, storm sewer and watermain.
  • Landscaping reinstatement.

Please feel free to review the displays and speak with project team representatives. Your input, questions and written comments are welcome.

Aerial photo [ PDF - 4.73 MB ]

Plan and profile design – Borthwick Avenue [ PDF - 5.84 MB ]

Plan and profile design – Quebec Street [ PDF - 1.42 MB ]

Plan and profile design – Gardenvale Road [ PDF - 1.30 MB ]

The next steps

Please provide your comments. The project team will review and evaluate comments from the public and agencies.

The construction is expected to begin end of May/early June 2019 and be substantially completed in Fall 2019.

Final asphalt placement and completion of the project's anticipated in spring/summer of 2020.

Thank you for attending.