Beginning in January 2019, construction along Elgin Street will be underway.
Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Aecon Construction Ontario East Ltd., to perform the work.
Why: The Elgin Street construction project is required to replace aging underground infrastructure that has reached the end of its lifecycle, some of which dates back to 1874.
What: The work involves the replacement of the underground sewers and watermains, wider sidewalks, full road reconstruction, new landscaping features and public art. To facilitate this work, Elgin Street will experience some partial and full road closures.
When: The work will start January 7, 2019 and final completion is anticipated for fall of 2020.
Where: Elgin Street from Gloucester Street to Isabella Street (sewers, watermains and road)
Elgin Street from Isabella to Queen Elizabeth Driveway (road works only)
Waverley Street from Elgin Street to Metcalfe Street (sewer and road)
Beginning on Monday, January 7, Elgin Street will be fully closed to traffic from Somerset Street to Catherine Street. Additionally, there will be traffic impacts on Elgin Street between Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street:
- One southbound lane will remain open along Elgin Street from Laurier Avenue to Somerset Street.
- The northbound lane on Elgin Street will be closed from Somerset Street to Nepean Street.
- The exit lane from the City Hall parking garage to Elgin Street will be open. Vehicles will be able to access Elgin Street as usual from Nepean Street.
As construction progresses, the traffic management approach will transition to a full closure of Elgin Street from Laurier Avenue West to Catherine Street. Once the date for transition has been established it will be communicated.
Pedestrian access to businesses will remain open at all times and residents and visitors are encouraged to continue to support Elgin area businesses during construction.
Comprehensive maps for traffic, transit and cycling detour routes are available at ottawa.ca/elginstreet. If you require hard copies of the maps, please contact the undersigned.
Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. Provisions to accommodate pedestrian and cyclists during construction are an integral part of the project. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.
Impact on the Right-of-Way and Adjacent Private Properties
The contractor will take every precaution 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 when travelling around 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.
Aecon Construction Ontario East Ltd. is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until the construction project is entirely completed. Aecon Construction Ontario East Ltd. is also required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed.
Blastek Engineering Group has been hired by Aecon Construction Ontario East Ltd. to conduct pre-construction inspections of the homes and properties within a 30-meter radius of the construction area. If your property is within this area, you will be asked by representatives of Blastek Engineering Group for permission to survey your property before construction on Elgin Street commences. 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.
Aecon Construction Ontario East Ltd. 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. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.
Municipal Water Supply
During construction, water service will be supplied to buildings within the construction zone by temporary water lines. We apologize in advance for any disruptions in water service during construction. Any problems with the temporary water service can be directed to our on-site contract administrator, or call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.
While your property will be on this temporary water service, your water usage will be estimated since the temporary service is not metered. Your water bill will be based on your past average water usage. If you have any questions please contact Revenue at 613-580-2444 or WS-Billing@ottawa.ca.
Fire Supply Interruption
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 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) or ext. 15372 (West).
For further information about this project, you can visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet, contact the undersigned or email the Elgin Street Renewal Project Team at Elgin@ottawa.ca.
Jo-anne Moore, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 43975
City Communications Liaison
Senior Communications Officer
City of Ottawa
Phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 25183
Marc Proulx, C.E.T.
Matthew Raymond, B.Eng
Aecon Construction Ontario East Ltd.