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Greenfield Avenue, Main Street, Hawthorne Avenue et al. reconstruction project

Project Status: 
Planned

Project overview (October 2019)

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Project description

The City of Ottawa has commenced design work for the rehabilitation of the northern section of Old Ottawa East. The project area is predominantly bounded by the Rideau Canal to the west, King Edward Avenue to the north, Highway 417 to the east and Hawthorne Avenue to the south. A 160-metre section along Colonel By Drive/Echo Drive, which extends south of Hawthorne Avenue to Immaculata High School, is also included in the project limits. This work is being conducted to replace aging combined sewers with separate storm and sanitary sewers, replace sections of older watermains, and reconstruct the roadways, including the implementation of complete street features for the betterment of all road users in your community. The following street segments have been identified for reconstruction:

  • Colonel By Drive (Graham Avenue to Hawthorne Avenue)
  • Concord Street north (Echo Drive to Havelock Street)
  • Echo Drive (Immaculata High School to Graham Avenue)
  • Echo Drive (dead-end at Highway 417 to Concord Street north)
  • Greenfield Avenue (Main Street to King Edward Avenue)
  • Harvey Street (Echo Drive to Main Street)
  • Hawthorne Avenue (Colonel By Drive to Main Street)
  • Main Street (Harvey Street to Colonel By Drive)
  • Montcalm Street (Greenfield Avenue to dead-end)

Key plan

Key plan map showing projects limits.

Background functional designs

The below listed functional designs were previously completed by the Transportation Planning Department who also conducted required consultations. These functional designs will form the basis for refining the design moving forward. The intent is to implement these concepts as closely as possible to the approved functional designs.

Project timing

Pre-design - surveying of roadway: complete – July 2017
Functional – design: complete – October 2017
Pre-design – geotechnical environmental: complete – December 2017

Preliminary and detailed design: fall 2018 to spring/summer 2020
Design assignment completion: summer 2020

Tender - late fall 2020/early winter 2021
Construction start: spring 2021
Construction completion: fall 2023

Budget

Project funds approved to date are $2.69 million.

Public involvement

We highly value engagement with residents, business owners and other community representatives in order to better understand local concerns, and to create a forum through which we can effectively communicate project updates.

A drop-in style public information session was held on June 18, 2019 to present the preliminary design to the public. At this session, attendees reviewed the design, asked questions and provided comment on the proposed works. An additional public information session will take place to present the final design development. Further public information sessions will be scheduled in advance of each construction season, in order to present proposed traffic management and construction staging strategies to the public.

To enhance public involvement and coordination, a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) has been established for this project. The PAC is intended to be a group of community members, including representatives from the community association, local businesses, residents, condominium boards and school groups. The group of representatives will meet over the course of design to discuss proposed plans, identify community concerns and address impediments to implementation. These members will also assist in relaying information to and from others in the community. The first two PAC meetings were held in April and June 2019. The next PAC meeting will take place in early 2020, prior to the next public information session.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the Greenfield-Main-Hawthorne et al. Reconstruction Project Team.

Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
100 Constellation Drive, Sixth Floor West
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 29843

Public information session comments summary (June 18, 2019)

Summary of comments received and responses

Concerned about the construction start date considering on-going works with Elgin Street Renewal and the Nicholas Street Bridge Replacement will continue through 2020.

Construction of the Greenfield/Main/Hawthorne et al. Reconstruction Project will be coordinated with other construction projects in the area. This project has been deferred to 2021 which will eliminate any conflict between the Elgin Street Renewal and the Nicholas Street Bridge Replacement.

Consider implementing temporary changes to the signal phases during construction to facilitate traffic flow through the area.

Changes to signal phasing will be taken into consideration when developing the construction traffic management strategy.

Formalize pedestrian/cyclist connection from Colonel By Drive to Echo Drive (adjacent to HWY 417).

The project team will explore the idea of a formalized pedestrian and cycling connection from Colonel By Drive to Echo Drive, in coordination with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Formalize pedestrian connection from Colonel By Drive to Greenfield (adjacent to Kings Landing Pvt and Nicholas Street).

This area is owned by the NCC and is not within the scope of this project.

Improve cyclist connection between Echo Drive at Graham Avenue and Colonel By Drive at Hawthorne Avenue.

The proposed design will include improved cycling facility connectivity in this area.

Improve/install cyclist connection on Main Street between Harvey Street and Graham Avenue. Evident safety concern.

The installation of cycling facilities on Main Street between Harvey Street and Graham Avenue is not part of the scope of work for this project. These comments have been passed on to City’s Transportation Services Department, who are planning to assess the feasibility of improving this condition in the future.

Pleased to see dedicated bicycle facility planned on Hawthorne.

Noted; thank you.

Consider bi-directional bicycle facility on Graham Avenue.

Modifications to Graham Avenue are not part of the scope of this project. This comment will be forwarded to City’s Transportation Services Department for future consideration.

Consider the removal of the northbound right turn lane on Main Street at Greenfield Avenue to provide wider lanes to accommodate design vehicles and save adjacent trees.

The proposed project design (as shown at the Public Information Session) includes lane augmentations to accommodate design vehicles on the roadway. A dedicated right-turn lane is warranted for the northbound approach due to the heavy traffic volumes that are split between the through and right-turn movements. The removal of the northbound right-turn lane would impose significant issues to traffic flow.

Pleased to see dedicated bicycle facilities planned on Greenfield.

Noted; thank you.

Not satisfied with the planned removal of trees on both sides of Main Street. This will result in no trees along Main Street from the Queensway to Colonel By Drive.

In order to construct the road modifications as detailed in the approved functional design, tree removals along Main Street are required. The City and the design team will look for opportunities to include tree plantings within the City Right of Way (ROW) or on adjacent private property within the project limits.

Consider no right turns on red for the intersections with cycle infrastructure (i.e. at Main & Greenfield, Hawthorne & Colonel By).

This suggestion will be shared with the City’s Transportation Services Department.

Continuous flow from Main Street onto Greenfield Avenue results in tough egress from 29 Main’s access (on Greenfield).

The right turn from Main to Greenfield is and will continue to be a high-volume movement. Signal phasing for cycling along Main Street will be taken into consideration for this project. and may help this condition, which will be a consideration by the City’s traffic signals group. This issue seems to be exacerbated by the close proximity of this access to the intersection. The right turn from Main to Greenfield is and will continue to be a high-volume movement.

Grateful for “No Horns – Residential Area” on Greenfield & Main.

This measure is not being considered, given the safety function performed by the horn in vehicle operation.

Concerned with the current crossing facility type on Colonel By Drive. Flashing beacons are ignored by vehicles. User safety is primary concern.

The project team has observed motorist non-compliance issues here. As part of the design, the project will include the conversion of the PXO to a Type B (with flashers and overhead signage) to improve the compliance. These concerns will be further discussed with the City’s Transportation Services Department. .

Consult City Forestry to discuss planting Manitoba Maples.

This project will not include the planting of Manitoba Maples.. Suitable native species will be selected upon consultation with a City’s Forestry group, and where a suitable locations exists.

Great event. Thank you for hosting in our neighbourhood.

Noted; thank you.

Protection of maples in front of 5, 9 & 13 Montcalm Street.

The proposed road work does not impact the maple trees at 5, 9 and 13 Montcalm street. Property sewer lateral and water service replacement details will be developed so as to avoid impact to these trees as well

Reduce impacts on landscaping plants and stonework in front of 9 & 11 Montcalm Street.

Impacts to landscaping and plants may be necessary at these properties in order to complete sewer and water service replacements within the City’s ROW. Efforts will be made to avoid impacts to the mature trees on this side of the street. Where landscaping and plantings are impacted, the Contractor will be required to reinstate to pre-construction condition or better, at no cost to the owner.

Limit construction duration on Montcalm to one season.

The staging will most likely see the sewer and watermain works completed in one construction season, along with the majority of the road works on Montcalm. Items such as surface course paving and landscaping, may be completed the following year depending on the Contractor’s construction phasing. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact of construction on Montcalm. The project remains committed to completing the work in a timely manner.

Consider maintaining the median at the pedestrian crossing on Greenfield Avenue at Concord Street N., as this is commonly used as a refuge area.

Please note that the current median is not wide enough to be considered a pedestrian refuge In the current project design, the, roadway on Greenfield Avenue will be narrowed considerably, to shorten the pedestrian crossing distance. Per the design, this will not leave enough room for a concrete median to be installed here.

Concerned about the large tree and lilac bushes behind 22 & 24 Kings Landing Pvt. Proposed cycle track and sidewalk may interfere with existing iron fence, brick pillars and stairs to rear yard.

Every effort will be taken to reduce the impact on native trees, landscape and shrubs within the project limits. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove vegetation in order to accommodate the new cycling pathways and roads. The City will look to replace removed trees where feasible within the ROW or with approval of property owner’s on private property. Any construction work that impacts nearby fences, pillars and stairs will be reinstated by the City.

Directional signage for eastbound vehicles on Hawthorne Avenue at Main Street. On road markings do not last and create confusion.

Thank you for your suggestion. This comment will be taken into consideration during the detailed design phase as part of the development of the pavement markings and signage plans.

Large volumes of traffic create congestion from Lees Avenue, onto Main Street and through to Hawthorne Avenue (potentially due to Lees Avenue on-ramp closure).

Thank you for your comment. This is currently not within the scope of this project. This issue is likely to improve with the reopening of the Hwy 417 eastbound on-ramp from Lees Avenue reopening when OCTranspo service changes are implemented (Fall 2019).

Consider bicycle lane on Echo Drive from Main Street to City of Ottawa (actually NCC) multi-use pathway alongside Colonel By Drive to uOttawa.

The multi-use pathway along Colonel By Drive is owned and maintained by the NCC. Installation of a bicycle lane on Echo and modifications to the NCC pathway are not part of the scope of works for this project.

Provide space for cyclists to wait at Main Street and Greenfield Avenue.

Thank you for your comments. There is limited space in the City’s right of way at the intersection of Main Street and Greenfield. Efforts will be made with the design to maximize waiting space for cyclists

Consider more appealing treatments for triangular area on the northeast corner of Greenfield Avenue and Concord Street N. Additional greenspace would be greatly appreciated.

Improvements to the visual appearance of this space will be taken into consideration with the project design. This may include landscape/streetscape features and public art.

Use vacant lot at 99 Greenfield Avenue for greenspace (small parkette).

This is a privately owned property and cannot be used for this project..

Concerned with non-compliant vehicles on Echo Drive going through transition point near Immaculata H.S., along with ignoring stop sign at Graham Avenue. Consider restricting traffic flow.

As part of the project design, increased signage, curb extension improvements, and vertical treatments may be included to reduce the number of non-compliant vehicles on Echo beyond Immaculata High School.

Consider moving the pedestrian crossing on Greenfield Avenue at Concord Street N. to the west side of the intersection, rather than the current plan of moving it further east.

Thank you for your suggestion. We will consider moving the pedestrian crossing on Greenfield Avenue at Concord Street North as part of the design phase of this project.

The Glassworks (29 Main Street) does not have a back-loading dock. For move-ins, move-outs and deliveries, trucks must park on Main Street and deliver through the front door.

Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately this is out of scope for the project.

Deliveries to 29 Main Street will pose conflicts with northbound cycle track on Main Street.

Thank you for your comments. Once the project design is completed, changes will be communicated to residents and nearby business owners. The building owner may need to consider modifications to their delivery process that limit impacts to pedestrian, cycling and vehicular traffic.

Maintain trees in front of 102 Greenfield.

Thank you for your comment. Every effort will be taken to reduce the impact on native trees, landscape and shrubs within the project limits. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove vegetation in order to accommodate the new cycling pathways and roads. The City will complete replacement planting.

Recommend using the space on the northeast corner of Greenfield Avenue and Concord Street N. for public art.

Thank you for your comment. Your comment will be taken into consideration this as part of the project design.

Planned bus route on Greenfield Avenue to Lees Station is not important to residents and considered unnecessary. Especially with the U Ottawa LRT station close by.

Thank you for your comment. This will be shared with the City’s Transportation Department for future consideration. The addition of new bus routes are not within the scope of the project.

Cycling facilities on Greenfield Avenue between Havelock Street and Concord Street N. may not be a necessity, as majority of users will use Colonel By Drive.

Through the design phase, it was determined cycling facilities on Greenfield Avenue between Havelock Street and Concord Street N. are warranted due to that high traffic speeds and traffic volumes.

Vehicle speeds on Greenfield Avenue is problematic. This concern is shared amongst all neighbours. Consider the use of a speed hump.

Vehicle speed surveys are being completed in order to assess current conditions. The introduction of speed humps is generally not considered for truck routes such as Greenfield Other traffic calming measures, including the narrowing of the street, is being considered. .

The southwest corner of Main Street and Hawthorne Avenue presents safety concerns for pedestrians. Large trucks and busses making the right turn from Hawthorne Avenue track onto the sidewalk. Recent temporary measures to install flex-stakes helps, however, they have already been run over.

Thank you for your comments. As part of this project, consideration for pedestrian safety at the intersection of main street and Hawthorne is being examined. We are also working with the City’s Transportation Department to develop suitable improvements.Efforts to improve this situation with the scope of this project will be considered. Other City Departments (including Transportation Services and Pedestrian Safety) are also reviewing the current issues at this corner in order to develop suitable improvements through interim measures.

The sloped ramp at the southwest corner of Main Street and Hawthorne Avenue is a concern during the winter with ice build-up (feels like you are going to slip into street).

This location will be reviewed to determine possible improvements during the roadway grading design.

Reopen Lees Avenue eastbound ramp during the construction period.

The Lees Avenue eastbound on-ramp reopen in the fall of 2019 following the parallel service period when Phase 1 of LRT enters into service.

It is assumed that the entire project area will not be under construction simultaneously for the next two years. This would be a major disturbance to those who work from home.

A detailed staging strategy will be developed in consideration of sewer outlets, water supply, traffic management, and other factors, to minimize construction impacts Further details to be provided at future Public Information Sessions.

Approximately how long will it take to reconstruct Greenfield Avenue? When is it likely for this to take place?

As the project has been deferred to 2021, the duration of work on Greenfield Avenue will be determined in 2020, once construction staging is developed. It is anticipated that it will take a full reconstruction season (e.g. early spring to late fall) to complete the sewer and watermain works, along with initial roadworks (i.e. granulars, base course paving, curbs, etc.). In the subsequent construction season, final roadworks and landscaping would take place.

Concerned with excessive vibrations caused from construction works.

The Contractor will be required to work within established limits. They will be required to monitor vibration levels during construction, to ensure works are within limits. The will also conduct pre-construction inspections on buildings, typically within 30m of proposed work.

Street lighting should be assessed and adjusted to be directed away from the upper floors of homes.

Street lighting designs will be completed by the City of Ottawa to ensure adequate lighting levels are achieved for the proposed roadway improvements. The use of appropriate lighting and fixtures will assist in reducing light pollution outside of the Right of Way.

Allow for more parking on Concord Street N. and Montcalm Street to account for the reduction in spaces on Greenfield Avenue (Montcalm currently allows parking on the side of the street with all of the driveways, both sides on Concord is challenging in winter conditions).

Thank you for your comment. We will take your suggestion into consideration,

Raised crossing at Concord Street N. could reduce speeds along Greenfield Avenue.

Thank you for your comments. We are currently looking at various traffic calming measures on Greenfield Avenue. Greenfield Avenue is a truck route where raised crossings are deemed inappropriate. Raised crossings can lead to excessive noise and vibration issues for adjacent properties.

Speed limit on Greenfield Avenue should be changed to 40 km/h (similar to King Edward Boulevard). Currently there are no posted limits.

Thank you for your comment. We will share your comment with the City’s Transportation Department.

Cycle tracks continuing along Greenfield Avenue to Mann Avenue and beyond to the Rideau River.

Your comment will be passed on to the City’s Transportation Services Department for future consideration.

Eliminate the grass or asphalt buffer between curb and cycle tracks (as done on Main Street). This would provide more space to residents for landscaping.

Where space permits, a buffer between the curb and sidewalk will be constructed. This buffer will separate cyclists from adjacent vehicular traffic, and in some cases provides space to avoid “dooring” conflicts with parked cars. This space can also serve to provide some snow storage and room for roadway signage. Designers generally look to avoid having cycle tracks directly adjacent to the curb/vehicle travel lane, however in some situations there is not enough space to avoid this condition, as is the case in some sections of Main Street south of the Queensway.

Consideration to local traffic only west of the Queensway on-ramp on Greenfield Avenue during construction.

Every effort is made to minimize construction impacts in the area. The City will work closely with the MTO as part of the overall staging and traffic management strategy for construction.

Consider new plantings where tree removals are required adjacent to Kings Landing Private on Greenfield Avenue. Open to alternatives (e.g. lilacs).

Your comment will be taken into consideration.

Consider re-alignment of Greenfield Avenue to save trees on the north side (east of Concord Street N.).

Thank you for your comment. Every effort will be taken to reduce the impact on native trees, landscape and shrubs within the project limits. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove vegetation in order to accommodate the new cycling pathways and roads. The City will provide replacement trees where feasible within the ROW or on adjacent private property.

Limited site lines at Greenfield Avenue and Concord Street N. intersection.

Your comment will be taken into consideration.

Roadway drainage concerns along Montcalm Street (major drainage outlet).

Your comment will be taken into consideration. Efforts to minimize impact of roadway drainage will be explored.

Explore opportunity for left-turns from Main Street to Colonel By Drive (long term or short term during construction).

Your comment will be taken into consideration.

Provide signage improvements on Main Street at Colonel By Drive for clarity (no left turns).

Your comment will be taken into consideration.

Concerned with current crossing type on Colonel By Drive at Main Street. Non-compliance poses safety risk for users.

The City in partnership with the NCC will explore various crossing types, suitable for this intersection.

Consider fully signalizing the intersection of Main Street and Colonel By Drive.

The City in partnership with the NCC will explore various crossing types, suitable for this intersection

Consider permitting two-way traffic on Echo Drive (between Main Street and Concord Street N.) during construction.

Your comment will be taken into consideration as part of the construction staging and traffic management development.

Provide cycling facility on Echo Drive between Main Street and Concord Street N. for link to the multi-use pathway on the eastern side of Colonel By Drive (towards U Ottawa).

This request is outside the current scope of work and relates to an NCC owned pathway.

Does the northbound cycle track on Main Street, north of Greenfield Avenue, confuse cyclists attempting to access the Rideau Canal Pathway?

The cycle track on Mainstreet is intended to provide a link for northbound cyclists to Echo Drive (east of Main) which is a one-way street east/northbound. If not provided, then northbound cyclists would have to travel on-road for this segment of Main in order to get to Echo, as there is no proposed crossing of Main at Colonel By on the north side of the intersection. Small wayfinding signs (used for other pathways throughout the city) will be used to help guide users toward the crossing of Colonel By to access the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway.

Use additional space behind sidewalk on the east side of Main Street (north of Greenfield Avenue) for plantings.

Your comment will be taken into consideration with the streetscape design.

Provide consideration to bike storage areas at the intersection of Main Street and Greenfield Avenue.

Provisions for bike storage at the intersection will be explored, however it is recognized that space is quite limited.

Investigate options to retain trees as planned in the functional design (east and north sides of the Glassworks condo).

Every effort will be taken to reduce the impact on native trees, landscape and shrubs within the project limits. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove vegetation in order to accommodate the new cycling pathways and roads. Trees on the north side of the building can most likely be retained. All trees on the east side of the building will need to be removed, with the possible exception of the southmost one.

Consider hydro burial on Main Street between the Queensway and Graham Avenue in order to improve cycling facilities.

This section of Main Street (and its missing cycling connection) is not part of the scope of work for this project. This comment has been passed on to City’s Transportation Services Department.

Consider allowing left-turns from Hawthorne Avenue to Colonel By Drive.

Thank you for your comments. The use of a left-turning lane from Hawthorne Avenue to Colonel By Drive is currently not in scope for this project.

Investigate opportunities (e.g. better turning radii) at Hawthorne Avenue and Colonel By Drive with MTO’s property acquisition.

Your comments will be shared with the City’s Transportation Services Department for future consideration.

Improve cycling crossings of Colonel By Drive at Hawthorne Avenue/Pretoria Bridge.

Your comment will be taken into consideration.

Project update (October 2019)

The purpose of this notice is to provide an update on the status of the Greenfield-Main-Hawthorne et al. reconstruction project, which is planned for your neighbourhood. Your interest and continued involvement in this project is appreciated.

The Greenfield-Main-Hawthorne et al. reconstruction Project includes the replacement of aging combined sewers with separate storm and sanitary sewers, the replacement of sections of older watermains, and the reconstruction of the roadways, including the implementation of complete street features for the betterment of all road users in your community.

After much consideration, a decision has been made to adjust the construction schedule for the Greenfield Avenue, Main Street, Hawthorne Avenue et al. reconstruction Project. Construction is now planned to start in early 2021 with completion expected by the end of 2023. The exact construction schedule will be confirmed as we move closer to commencement. An information session will be held in spring 2020 to present on-going design advancements. Information sessions will also be scheduled in advance of each construction season.

Commencing the project in 2021 will provide the opportunity to maximize the construction season and will also minimize the traffic impacts in the downtown core. This will allow for other large construction projects including the Elgin Street Renewal and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) Highway 417 Nicholas Street Underpass replacement to be substantially completed in advance of the commencement of this project. The project will have no impact on the timing of the proposed MTO Highway 417 Downtown Bridges project which includes the Canal Bridge and the Main Street Bridge. Staff are continuing to move forward with this project design, and the additional time will be utilized to finalize design elements, including utility relocation and cycling improvements.

We remain committed to keeping the community and yourself up to date on progress.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the City of Ottawa Project Manager listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available.

Should you have any questions regarding this project, please direct your comments to the undersigned or the project team.

City’s project manager: 
Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 29843
Design consultant representative:
Nathan Quinn, P.Eng.
Lead Engineer/Project Manager
Public Sector Engineering
Novatech
240 Michael Cowpland Drive
Ottawa, ON K2M 1P6
Tel.: 613-254-9643, ext. 293

Public information session (June 18, 2019)

Posted: 
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 7:37 pm
Last updated: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 8:37 am

Dates & Times

Tuesday, June 18, 2019,
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

Saint Paul University
MULTI Room
223 Main Street
Ottawa, ON

The City of Ottawa would like to invite you to a public information session to discuss a reconstruction project planned in your neighbourhood.

Why: This work is being conducted to replace aging combined sewers with separate storm and sanitary sewers, replace sections of older watermains that have reached the end of their service life, as well as reconstruct the roadways, including the implementation of complete street features for the betterment of all road users in your community.

What: Work will involve the design and construction of storm sewers, sanitary sewers, watermains, roadways, sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, traffic signals, street lighting, and streetscape/landscape treatments within the City’s right of ways.

When: The design of the project is currently underway with an expected completion of early spring 2020. Construction is currently expected to begin in late spring of 2020 with the completion scheduled for 2022. Typically, construction will occur between spring through to late fall, with a winter shut down period. This schedule will be confirmed through the detailed design process.

Where: Project limits include the follow street segments:

  • Colonel By Drive (Graham Avenue to Hawthorne Avenue)
  • Concord Street North (Echo Drive to Havelock Street)
  • Echo Drive (Immaculata High School to Graham Avenue and dead end at Highway 417 to Concord Street North)
  • Greenfield Avenue (Main Street to King Edward Avenue)
  • Harvey Street (Echo Drive to Main Street)
  • Hawthorne Avenue (Colonel By Drive to Main Street)
  • Main Street (Harvey Street to Colonel By Drive)
  • Montcalm Street (Greenfield Avenue to Dead-End)

Key plan

Key plan map showing projects limits.

Your input is an important part of the consultation process. At the public information session, you will be able to review the preliminary design plans and related objectives, provide comments and bring forth any issues that have not yet been identified. Representatives from the City and the consulting team will be available to discuss the project and answer your questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the City of Ottawa project manager listed below.

If you are not available to attend the public information session or would like additional information about this project, please direct your comments to the undersigned or the Old Ottawa East Reconstruction Project Team.

City’s project manager:
Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 29843

Design consultant representative:
Nathan Quinn, P.Eng.
Lead Engineer/Project Manager
Public Sector Engineering
Novatech
240 Michael Cowpland Drive
Ottawa, ON K2M 1P6
Tel.: 613-254-9643, ext. 293

Notice of project commencement - design (October 2018)

The City of Ottawa has commenced design work for the rehabilitation of the northern section of Old Ottawa East. The project area is predominantly bounded by the Rideau Canal to the west, King Edward Avenue to the north, Highway 417 to the east and Hawthorne Avenue to the south. A 160-metre section along Colonel By Drive/Echo Drive, which extends south of Hawthorne Avenue to Immaculata High School, is also included in the project limits. This work is being conducted to replace aging combined sewers with separate storm and sanitary sewers, replace sections of older watermains; and reconstruct the roadways, including the implementation of complete street features for the betterment of all road users in your community.

Who: Novatech has been retained by the City of Ottawa to develop preliminary and detailed designs for a construction contract that is currently scheduled to begin construction in 2020.

Why: The majority of the subject streets are serviced by combined sewers capturing both sanitary and storm drainage. With this project, these combined sewers will be replaced with separate sanitary and storm sewers, thereby reducing the risk of both combined sewer overflows and the potential for flooding during large storm events. With the replacement of the sewers, sections of watermain that have reached their service life (some in excess of 100 years old) will be replaced to maintain the level of service required for your community. Due to the impact of the proposed sewer and watermain works, the subject street segments will undergo full road reconstruction. This will provide the City the opportunity to implement enhancements for all road users (e.g. pedestrians, cyclists, transit and motorists).

What: Work will involve the design of storm sewers, sanitary sewers, watermains, roadways, sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, traffic signals, street lighting, and streetscape/landscape treatments within the City’s right-of-ways. The design will detail the replacement of water services and sewer laterals from the new mains to the property line at buildings within the limits of the reconstruction. Modifications to pavement and sidewalk widths, including the addition of cycling lanes and raised cycle tracks will be included as part of the design process. It is anticipated that confirmatory field investigations may be required at some properties to determine building drainage and service connection details, along with survey works to confirm appropriate grading tie-in points. Where required, these property owners will be contacted directly. A summary of the anticipated project timeline and exact street segments is provided below.

When: Design work has already commenced and will include environmental and geotechnical investigations, supplementary survey work and other field investigations, many of which will be taking place this fall. The design is expected to be completed by early spring of 2020. Construction is currently expected to begin in May of 2020 and run through the fall of 2022. Typically, construction will occur between spring through to late fall, with a winter shut down period. This schedule will be confirmed through the detailed design process.

Where: Work will take place at the following locations:

  • Colonel By Drive (Graham Avenue to Hawthorne Avenue)
  • Concord Street north (Echo Drive to Havelock Street)
  • Echo Drive (Immaculata High School to Graham Avenue)
  • Echo Drive (dead-end at Highway 417 to Concord Street north)
  • Greenfield Avenue (Main Street to King Edward Avenue)
  • Harvey Street (Echo Drive to Main Street)
  • Hawthorne Avenue (Colonel By Drive to Main Street)
  • Main Street (Harvey Street to Colonel By Drive)
  • Montcalm Street (Greenfield Avenue to dead-end)

Background functional designs

The below listed functional designs were previously completed by the Transportation Planning Department who also conducted required consultations. These functional designs will form the basis for refining the design moving forward. The intent is to implement these concepts as closely as possible to the approved functional designs.

Environmental assessment/public involvement

The Greenfield Avenue, Main Street, Hawthorne Avenue et al. reconstruction project is considered a Schedule A+ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, October 2000 (as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), published by the Municipal Engineers Association. Schedule A+ projects are pre-approved; however, the public may direct comments to City Staff during the course of the design process.

Contact information

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

For further information about this project, please contact the City’s project manager:

City’s project manager:
Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 29843

Design consultant representative:
Edson Donnelly, C.E.T.
Director – Public Sector Infrastructure
Novatech
240 Michael Cowpland Drive
Ottawa, ON K2M 1P6
Tel.: 613-254-9643, ext. 230