In mid-July, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work at Harmer Avenue North, Harmer Avenue South and Helena Street North and the adjacent Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) right-of-way within your community area. The Harmer Avenue Pedestrian bridge replacement project will consist of removing the existing bridge and constructing the new Harmer Avenue Bridge. This notice is being distributed to those directly adjacent to the work zone.
Who: RW Tomlinson Group will perform the construction work for the City of Ottawa.
Why: The purpose of this project is to renew the existing infrastructure and construct a bridge that will be part of the active living transportation network.
What: The construction work will consist of the construction of the main span truss and its north and south structural ramps, the north and south piers, the caisson foundations and the railings. There will also be pathway lighting and landscaping features. There will be construction in the City right-of-way on storm sewers, sanitary sewers, sidewalks and minor roadway work.
When: The construction is planned to commence this July and to be completed by June 2020. As there are several work zones within your community area, the work required in front of/adjacent to your dwelling may not necessarily last this whole duration.
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.
Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.
Where: Construction is expected to be limited to the MTO right-of-way, and the City right-of-way at Harmer Avenue North, Harmer Avenue South and Helena Street North. The construction site trailer will be located at 340 Holland Avenue, with heavier vehicles accessing via Holland and lighter vehicles accessing via Huron Avenue.
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 Project Manager (contact details below).
Pedestrian and cycling detour to Holland Avenue from Kenilworth to Tyndall
In mid-July 2018, the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be closed to prepare for its demolition. There will be a walking and cycling detour for the duration of construction on Holland Avenue from Kenilworth Street to Tyndall Street. The cyclist detour route will be shown by sharrows on the road surface along Kenilworth Avenue and Holland Avenue. Cyclists will also be permitted to ride along the sidewalk on the west side of Holland Avenue. This route will be indicated by new signs that will also remind cyclists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while on the sidewalk.
Educational cycling workshops for the Holland detour: On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the City conducted a cycling workshop for students of the community that was held at the Fisher Park Community Centre. As students prepare to go back to school for September 2018, another cycling workshop will be held to assist young students who cycle in using the Holland Avenue detour. Details to follow.
Visit cycling education at the City for additional information.
Cyclist and pedestrian detour route [ PDF - 37.6 KB ]
Queensway closure for rapid demolition and main span truss installation
In late July or early August 2018, the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be demolished and the Queensway will be closed for a Saturday evening/Sunday morning (17 hours), with the detour going to Carling Avenue. As construction progresses, the main truss installation will take place with another Queensway closure for a Saturday evening/Sunday morning (17 hours), with the detour going to Carling Avenue. More details to follow.
RW Tomlinson Group is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete in 2020. They 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 operation of the work, such as delays when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. You may feel vibrations at your home or business due to the use of the construction equipment needed to complete this work. This is quite common and not usually a problem. The contractor will be distributing a letter inviting homeowners adjacent to the construction site to have their homes surveyed to ensure baseline information is on record before construction starts. Residents can choose whether to pursue this optional survey.
Short-term driveway access restrictions may be required during construction at some residences. When driveway access is not possible, on-street parking passes will be provided to residents, if required. Advanced notice will be provided to affected residents should there be any driveway access restrictions.
Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties
The infrastructure work within the City’s right-of-way may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. Lawns, pathways, gardens and/or driveways may be disturbed. The affected areas will be reinstated as soon as possible after construction is completed, at no cost to you. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right-of-way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you move the assets in preparation for the construction work.
It should also be noted that 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’s Project Manager and to the On-Site Inspector. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations. The City/Contractor will be taking photographs of front lawns and driveways to ensure private properties are returned to their original or better condition.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the City’s project manager.
City’s project manager:
Elizabeth Murphy, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Design and Construction - Municipal
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 15397
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Contractor’s project manager:
RW Tomlinson Group
5597 Power Road, RR#6
Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4
350 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, ON K2V 1A8
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