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Bronson Avenue sewer and watermain from Arlington Avenue to Imperial Avenue

Project Status: 
Planned

Project overview (January 2019)

Contract no. CP000105

Project description

The City will be upgrading the existing sewer and watermain infrastructure on Bronson Avenue between Arlington Avenue and Imperial Avenue in 2019. The completion of this work is required prior to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) replacement of the Highway 417 Bronson Avenue overpass bridge. The City has identified the need for reconstruction of the following works:

  • Watermains on Bronson Avenue will be upgraded for increased system reliability. Work includes replacement of all fire hydrants and water services from the main to the property line.
  • Combined sewers on Bronson Avenue will be upgraded including sewer services from the main to the property line.
  • Reinstatement of the asphalt pavement, concrete sidewalks and landscaping within the right-of-way will be completed.

Project timing

Design assignment completion: winter 2019
Construction start: spring 2019
Construction completion: fall 2019

Budget

$13.1 million (estimate)

Public involvement

A public information session is scheduled for February 28, 2019, concerning the proposed reconstruction of Bronson Avenue. At this time, City staff will be on hand to discuss the current project and respond to questions.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager:

Roxanne Tubb, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
100 Constellation Drive, Sixth Floor West
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 16741

Construction notice (May 2019)

Beginning in May, 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, R.W. Tomlinson Ltd., to complete the work.

Why: The Bronson Avenue construction project is required to replace aging underground infrastructure in advance of the planned Highway 417 Bronson Avenue overpass bridge replacement.

What: Work will involve the reconstruction of the local watermain, feedermain and combined sewer. Full road reconstruction including sidewalks and curbs will be completed from Arlington Avenue to Catherine Street and trench reinstatement will be completed from Catherine Street to Imperial Avenue.

When: This work is planned to begin in May and to be completed by December 2019.

Where: Replacement of the existing local watermain, feedermain, and combined sewer along Bronson Avenue between Arlington Avenue and Imperial Avenue.

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 on-site inspector or the contractor’s representative.

Traffic

Throughout construction there will be temporary changes to the traffic lanes through the construction zone. These conversions are necessary to provide access to and from properties within the construction zone while allowing for the work to be completed. During the first stage of the project, the northbound traffic will be detoured off of Bronson from Imperial Avenue to Gladstone Avenue. Access to the 417 will still be available via Catherine Street/Raymond Street. All detour routes will be signed and advance notice of road/intersection closures, along with the associated detours, will be provided.

Pedestrian, cycling, local traffic for property access and transit service will be maintained throughout the construction period; however, cyclists will be detoured northbound via Percy Street to Gladstone Avenue. Transit service will also be detoured in the northbound direction with general traffic.

Noise and hours of Work

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.

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. The City will reinstate all sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction. However, if you have planters 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 planters 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.

Pre-construction survey

R.W. Tomlinson Ltd. 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 representative 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 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.

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.

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.

Contact information

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:
Roxanne Tubb, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613 580-2424, ext. 16741

On-site inspector:
Paul Jakowec
Site Inspector
Robinson Consultants Inc.
350 Palladium Drive
Kanata, ON K2V 1A8
Tel: 613-809-5623

Contractor’s representative:
Daniel Sander
Project Manager
R.W. Tomlinson Ltd.
100 CitiGate Drive
Ottawa, ON K2J 6K7
Tel: 613-822-1867

Public information session display boards (February 28, 2019)

Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Glebe Community Centre
175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 2K2

Welcome

The City of Ottawa plans to replace the combined sewer, local watermain and feedermain on Bronson Avenue from Arlington Avenue to Imperial Avenue. Full road reconstruction will be completed from Arlington Avenue to Catherine Street.

Construction is currently expected to begin spring 2019 pending approvals, including project funding and permits, and overall coordination.

The purpose of this public information session is to present the  design and inform residents of the design and future construction activities.

Proposed schedule

(Subject to funding, approvals and coordination)

  • Tender period: winter 2018 (ongoing)
  • ​​Construction commence: spring 2019
  • Construction completion: winter 2019

Project overview

The proposed works include:

On Bronson Avenue (Arlington Avenue to Catherine Street)

  • replacement of the existing combined sewer
  • replacement of the existing local watermain
  • replacement of the existing feedermain
  • full road reconstruction including concrete sidewalks and curbs, TWSI installation, and landscaping features including paving stone sidewalk buffer and concrete bench/shelter pads
  • service laterals will be replaced to the property line

On Bronson Avenue (Catherine Street to Imperial Avenue)

  • replacement of the existing combined sewer
  • replacement of the existing local watermain
  • replacement of the existing feedermain
  • trench reconstruction including temporary asphalt medians, localized sidewalk and curb reconstruction, and TWSI installation
  • service laterals will be replaced to the property line

Traffic management during construction

Throughout construction there will be temporary changes to the traffic lanes through the construction zone. These conversions are necessary to provide access to and from properties within the construction zone while allowing for the work to be completed.

During the first stage of the project, the northbound traffic will be detoured off of Bronson Avenue from Imperial Avenue to Gladstone Avenue. Access to the 417 will still be available via Catherine Street/Raymond Street. Westbound 417 exiting vehicles will be detoured north via Raymond Street to Booth Street to Gladstone Avenue.

All detour routes will be signed and advance notice of road/intersection closures, along with the associated detours, will be provided.

Pedestrian, cycling, local traffic for property access and transit service will be maintained throughout the construction period. However, cyclists will be detoured northbound via Percy Street to Gladstone Avenue. Transit service will also be detoured in the northbound direction with general traffic.

Construction impacts

Accessibility for the public is an important consideration for the City. The City will make every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. Pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times. Please let the project team know if you have any special needs or assistance requirements that may be affected by the construction.

Short term driveway access restrictions will be required for the construction of the new sewer and/or watermain and for the placement of the new asphalt road surface and sidewalk. Where commercial properties are serviced by a single driveway, the reconstruction will be phased to perform work on one half of the driveway at a time to maintain access, wherever possible. Where properties are serviced by more than one driveway, the reconstruction will be phased to ensure one access is provided at all times.

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.

Activity on this project will generate construction noise. 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 to 10 pm, while Sundays, statutory and public holidays work is permitted between 9 am to 10 pm.

Temporary water service connections will be provided to each property while the watermain is being replaced. During the transition to and from the temporary water service, the water to properties will be shut off for a period of up to 8 hours. Notifications will be provided approximately one week in advance of this work that provide the date and times that the water will need to be shut off.

All landscaping will be reinstated and driveways and walkways disturbed during construction will be restored.

Detour

During stage 1 of construction, vehicular traffic will be closed in the northbound direction between Arlington Avenue and Imperial Avenue/Chamberlain Avenue. One southbound lane will remain open. During stages 2, 3 and 4 of construction, one lane will be open in each direction.

During the northbound closure, vehicular traffic, including OC Transpo buses, will be detoured from Bronson Avenue east to Chamberlain Avenue, north to Kent Street, west to Gladstone Avenue then back to Bronson Avenue.

Northbound cyclists will be detoured from Bronson Avenue east to Renfrew Avenue, north to Percy Street, west to Gladstone Avenue then back to Bronson Avenue. Southbound cyclists will be detoured from Bronson Avenue east to Gladstone Avenue, south of Percy Street, west to Powell Avenue then back to Bronson Avenue.

Pedestrians will not be detoured. The sidewalk on the west side of Bronson Avenue will remain open throughout construction. The sidewalk on the east side of Bronson Avenue will be closed between Catherine Street and Powell Avenue.

Detour plan [ PDF – 3.17 MB ]

Thank you!

All information/comments received will be maintained on file for use during the design and may be included in design documentation. With the exception of personal information, all comments will  become part of the public record.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request.

City project manager:
Roxanne Tubb, P. Eng.
Senior Engineer, Design and Construction Municipal Branch
City of Ottawa
Phone: 613-580-2424 Ext. 16741