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

Project Status: 
Underway

Project overview

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Project description

The City of Ottawa is preparing to renew aging infrastructure and revitalize the right of way in 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 Greenfield Avenue, Main Street, Hawthorne Avenue et al. reconstruction project is a multi-year project, with advanced construction work commencing in late summer 2021. In 2022, extensive underground and road construction work will occur, with expected completion in 2024, pending budget approvals. Once approvals are in place, the project team will communicate in advance of any updates to the schedule. Currently, the design work for this portion of the project is underway.

Project limits

The following street segments have been identified for reconstruction:

  • Colonel By Drive (Graham Avenue to Main Street)
  • 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 plans:

Advanced work

  1. Updated project location key plan - Advance Works [ PDF 3.592 MB ]
  2. Updated Main Street and Colonel By Drive - Advanced Works Plans  [ PDF 1.600 MB ]
  3. Main Street intersection interim and ultimate [ 2.87 MB ]
  4. Storm Sewer and Multi-Use Pathway Advanced Works Plans [ PDF 1.939 MB ]
  5. Updated project location key plan - Overall Project, preliminary roadway geometry [ PDF 3.833 MB ]
  6. Questions and answers [ 140 KB ]

Project Timing

2021

The work in 2021 will include the intersection of Colonel By Drive and Main Street along with preparatory road, sewer and watermain work, including:

  • Colonel By Drive at Main Street – Intersection improvements
    • Full signalized intersection design including cycling connections to the canal pathway and proposed Main Street east and west cycling facilities to be constructed in the subsequent construction phase. The previously proposed multi-use pathway on the south side of Main Street is not compatible with current intersection design standards.
    • Geometry changes to the intersection of Main Street and Colonel By Drive allow for a north-south crossing of Main Street
  • Colonel By Drive – Hawthorne Avenue to north of Highway 417 – storm sewer installation with trench reinstatement only, which involves reinstatement of the area immediately impacted by the sewer installation.
  • Main Street – Greenfield Avenue to Echo Drive – watermain, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer installation and temporary reinstatement of the area immediately impacted by the sewer, and watermain installation. Full road reinstatement will be conducted in the subsequent phase of construction
  • Echo Drive – at Main Street - watermain, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer installation with temporary road reinstatement.
  • Lees Avenue – Multi-Use pathway
  • Hawthorne Avenue – Main Street to Colonel By Drive - relocation of gas main

2021 Construction limits

2021 Construction limits

2022

In 2022, extensive underground and road construction work will occur, with expected completion in 2024, pending budget approvals. Once approvals are in place, the project team will communicate in advance any updates to the schedule.

Currently, the design work for this portion of the project is underway. 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 Main Street)
  • Echo Drive (Main Street 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 (Hawthorne Avenue to Echo Drive)
  • Montcalm Street (Greenfield Avenue to dead-end)

2022-2024 Construction limits

Project limits between 2022 and 2024

Budget

The current estimated total projected budget for the Greenfield-Main-Hawthorne et al. reconstruction project is approximately $37.9 million. The council approved budget to date is $8.1 million to fund project design, utility relocations, property acquisitions and the 2021 advanced works. Additional funding will be requested through the 2022 budget process.

On May 10, 2021, through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) COVID-19 Resilience Stream, funding was approved and announced in the amount of $226,000 for the new intersection Colonel By Drive, Echo Drive at Main Street which is included in the current advanced works contract.

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

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.

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

Project contacts

City project manager
Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Municipal
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

Contractor Representative
Scott Leduc
Site Superintendent – LW Bray
Tel: 613-930-3173

Contract Administrator
Mohammed Ghadban, P.Eng.
Novatech
Tel: 613-254-9643, ext. 290

City of Ottawa Inspector
Ken Barton
Construction Technician
Tel: 613-762-8349

Project update (November 2021)

In July and early August 2021, an Online Engagement Opportunity was provided to residents and businesses to provide their feedback on the 2021 construction works.

The drawings for both the 2021 works and the preliminary design geometry for the larger project can be found under the project overview. Comments, including the additional comments received regarding the larger project’s preliminary design, are posted as well under the advance work section.

The project team is continuing to work on the detail design to ensure that the project meets current accessibility requirements and intersection design standards. It is anticipated that a public information session will be held within the next couple of months to present the final detail design to the community.

Construction update (September 2021)

In the spring of 2021, through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) Covid-19 Resilience Stream, funding was announced for improvements to the intersection of Main Street and Colonel By Drive. To take advantage of this funding, the City is proceeding with this smaller construction contract in advance of the larger Greenfield, Main, Hawthorne et. al. contract which will commence in 2022. This September, subject to all required approvals being in place, construction will begin for the Greenfield, Main, Hawthorne et al. IRSW Advanced Works project.

What: The work under this advanced works contract will include the following:

    • Full signalization of the intersection of Main Street and Colonel By Drive, including improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists to the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway as well as measures to ready the intersection for the planned cycling facilities which will be constructed along Main Street in the coming years;
    • Sewer and watermain replacement works within the area of the intersection of Main Street and Echo Drive;
    • Installation of new storm sewer within Colonel By Drive between Hawthorne Avenue and the Echo Drive dead end north of the Queensway; and
    • Replacement of approximately 140m of concrete sidewalk on the east side of Lees Avenue south of Greenfield Avenue with a new asphalt multi-use pathway (MUP) linking to the MUP which runs alongside the Confederation Line.

To complete the works, there will be traffic impacts as follows:

  • Main Street – Colonel By Drive to Greenfield Avenue: This section of Main Street will be closed during the fall of 2021 while construction takes place.
  • Echo Drive (north of Main Street): The south access will be closed, and Echo Drive will temporarily become a two-way roadway up to Concord Avenue until construction is completed in 2021.
  • Echo Drive (south of Main Street): Will be closed to vehicles to/from Main Street, however access for pedestrian and cyclists will remain.
  • Temporary Pedestrian Crossings will be installed across both Echo Drive and Colonel By Drive to maintain connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists to/from the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway.
  • Colonel By Drive: Will be closed southbound from Daly Avenue to Hawthorne Avenue. Northbound lanes will remain open. Note: Colonel By Drive continues to be closed to vehicular traffic on weekends by the NCC until late October.
  • Lees Avenue: South of Mann Avenue, the eastbound lane may be closed for up to nine (9) consecutive days to accommodate construction. Pedestrians and cyclist access will be maintained.

Why: The purpose of the overall Greenfield, Main, Hawthorne et al. Reconstruction project is 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. This smaller Advanced Works contract is going forward this fall to take advantage of 2021 ICIP Funding that has been committed to intersection improvements at Main Street and Colonel By Drive.

When: The advanced works will start at the end of September 2021 with the majority of the works completed by the end of the year. Final landscaping and surface course paving is scheduled for spring 2022, with all works to be completed by the end of June 2022.

Where: Locations as follows:

    • Main Street and Colonel By Drive intersection
    • Main Street, from Greenfield Avenue to Echo Drive
    • Colonel By Drive from Hawthorne Avenue to north of the Queensway
    • Lees Avenue from Greenfield Avenue to approximately 140m south thereof

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Louis W. Bray Construction Limited, to complete the work.

Traffic Impacts

Once Construction begins in September 2021, there will be lane closures in order to complete the construction works. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained through the construction limits, with temporary detours and crossings as required.

OC Transpo Service during the Construction

No impacts to existing OC Transpo services are anticipated due to the works.

Construction Disruptions

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 construction work, such as delays and traffic detours, parking restrictions, 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 for your patience and co-operation.

Parking

The contractor is obligated to provide 24 hr notification of temporary loss of access/egress. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a Temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be distributed to permit on-street parking within two blocks of your residence.

Property Damage Caused by Construction Activities

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. For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

Contact Information

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

For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager.

For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the Contractor Representative.