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McLeod Street combined sewer replacement

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Project overview

Project description

The overall objective of this project is to renew the aging combined sewer on McLeod Street, between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street. The work will include the replacement of the combined sewer service laterals to the property line. The project will also involve some minor improvements to the water distribution system on McLeod Street. This section of the street contains two watermains: The 203mm watermain on the north side of the street will be abandoned and the water service laterals will be replaced and re-connected to the existing 406mm watermain on the south side of the Street.

The City does not expect any significant interruptions to sewer and water services during construction.

Once all the underground pipes have been replaced and the trenches have been reinstated, a new road surface will be laid and sections of sidewalk that have been impacted by the construction work will be renewed.

There is no plan to add any new street infrastructure, or to alter the road layout in any way. However, all new road, curb and sidewalk components will be brought up to current City of Ottawa standards.

Project timing

Geotechnical investigation: January 2022
Design completion: spring 2022
Construction timeline: summer/fall 2022

Project budget

Approved project funds to date are $1,200,000.

Public engagement

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Contact information

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

City Project Manager
René Monast, P.Eng.
Engineer, Infrastructure Services
Design and Construction – Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23161

Consultant Project Manager
Michael J. Thivierge, P.Eng., PE
Stantec - Senior Associate, Water
400 - 1331 Clyde Avenue, Ottawa ON K2C 3G4
Tel: 613-601-8333

Geotechnical borehole work (January 2022)

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design work for the replacement of the combined sewer on McLeod Street from Metcalfe Street to Elgin Street. The work is being conducted to replace aging combined sewer infrastructure.

Beginning in late January 2022, representatives of the City of Ottawa will be undertaking work in your neighbourhood. The work will involve a geotechnical investigation that includes drilling boreholes to explode subsurface conditions and to recover soil samples for analysis.

What: Work will involve geotechnical borehole drilling equipment, operators and technicians to complete soil and groundwater sampling. This work is required in advance of construction for the McLeod Street infrastructure project.

Why: The work is being performed in preparation for the reconstruction works on McLeod Street from Metcalfe Street to Elgin Street, scheduled to begin in summer 2022.

When: The subsurface investigation work is planned to occur on January 27, 2022, between 9 am and 5 pm, weather dependent. If work is to be postponed due to inclement weather, the crews will attempt to complete the investigative work the next suitable day.

Where: The work will take place on McLeod Street, from Metcalfe Street to Elgin Street.

Who: The City has engaged Stantec Consulting to design the work and they have hired Strata Drilling to drill the boreholes.

Traffic Impacts

Lane reductions are anticipated during this work. Flaggers or signage will be onsite to direct traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.

Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties

This geotechnical work will require drilling boreholes into the road surface, which will be reinstated following drilling. It is not anticipated that private properties will be impacted by the geotechnical work.

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, dust and vibration. You may notice noise during drilling. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. 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.