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Montreal Road Revitalization

Project Status: 
Planned

Project overview

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Project limits

The project limits for Montreal Road are North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard for a total distance of 2 kilometres. In addition to the Montreal Road corridor, the project includes reconstruction of North River Road from Montreal Road to the North River Road cul-de-sac for a total distance of 560 metres length.

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Project description

The City of Ottawa has completed the 18-month long detail design phase of the Montreal Road corridor and are now proceeding with the construction scheduled to start in June 2019.

The ultimate vision for Montreal Road is to construct a vibrant and welcoming main street with a well-balanced transportation network that will allow residents and businesses to thrive. To achieve this vision, some of the following aboveground and underground improvements are proposed:

  • Construct a three-lane cross section between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard that includes two westbound lanes, one eastbound lane and cycling tracks/lanes in both directions.
  • Bury overhead Hydro lines between North River Road and L’Eglise Street.
  • Implement streetscaping features along Montreal Road, including but not limited to new street furniture, streetlights, trees, concrete sidewalks and paver stones.
  • Review and improve bus stop and bus shelter locations.
  • Replace the existing watermain between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard.
  • Replace sanitary and storm sewers along certain sections of Montreal Road.

As part of the Montreal Road project, the 560 metre long section of North River Road (north of Montreal Road) is planned for reconstruction. The proposed works include replacement of the watermain, sanitary sewers and road drainage modifications.

Project timing

Project construction is scheduled to start in late May/early June 2019 beginning with utility burial and upgrade works. A general summary of the construction timelines and project staging are as follows:

  • Year 1 (2019) – Burial of overhead hydro power lines and other utility work on Montreal Road between North River Road and L’Eglise Street.
  • Year 2 (2020) – Continued utility work including hydro burial as well as watermain and sewer construction on Montreal Road and North River Road (Montreal Road to north cul-de-sac). Complete section of Montreal Road between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway.
  • Year 3 (2021) – Continued watermain, sewer and road work on Montreal Road between the Vanier Parkway and St Laurent Boulevard.
  • Year 4 (2022) – Landscape and streetscape work as well as final lift of asphalt pavement on Montreal Road.

The above timelines and sequence of work may change as the work progresses along Montreal Road.

Project budget

The City is making a significant investment to renew Montreal Road and North River Road (estimated at $49 million) with funding authority identified as part of the 2019 and 2020 capital budgets.

Public engagement

Some examples of public engagement for the project have included:

  • Public information sessions – first public information session was held in April 2018. The second public information session was held on May 13, 2019.
  • Meetings with the Vanier Community Association and Quartier Vanier BIA to provide project updates, receive feedback and answer questions.
  • Working group meetings with members from the Vanier Community Association and Quartier Vanier BIA with the purpose of obtaining input on specific issues involving significant design decisions.
  • Project newsletter (monthly to date, may be more frequent as construction ramps up).
  • Regular communication with individual business owners and residents affected by the proposed improvements.

Contact information

For further information, please contact the project team or alternatively, the City Project Manager:

Mario Kotowski, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26075

Current traffic impacts

  • There will be lane reductions on Montreal Road eastbound, from Montgomery Street to Vanier Parkway, between 9 am and 3:30 pm until Friday, February 7 for the project.
  • Montreal Road eastbound is reduced to one lane at the intersection of Montreal and North River roads. South of Montreal Road, North River Road is also closed in the southbound direction. These closures will be in place until Friday, February 21, in preparation for the project. Detour signs are in place. OC Transpo routes 14 and 18 are also being detoured. Visit OCTranspo.com for more information.

Construction notice - Enbridge (June 2019)

Beginning in mid-June 2019, Enbridge utility work will commence on Montreal Road and side streets from the Vanier Parkway to Marier Avenue.

Who: Aecon has been retained by Enbridge to complete the gas main relocations.

Why: Existing gas main sections are in conflict with the up-coming City road works and have to be relocated or replaced.

What: Enbridge will be installing new gas pipes on side streets and Montreal Road in advance of upcoming watermain and sewer replacement work.

When: The Enbridge gas pipe relocations are planned to begin mid-June 2019 and be completed by end of August 2019 in advance of the full Montreal Road project.

Where: The first gas pipe relocation is planned for Durocher Street followed by side streets moving west to east from Vanier Parkway to Marier Avenue. Upon completion of side street work Enbridge will be replacing the mainline along Montreal Road from Vanier Parkway to Marier Ave.

Traffic impacts

Traffic will be impacted along Montreal Road between the Vanier Parkway and Marier Avenue and all side streets along this section of Montreal Road. Traffic will only be impacted in the area of work as required. Lane reductions will occur on side streets as with possible temporary road closures. One lane in each direction will be maintained along Montreal Road at all times.

On street parking will be prohibited along certain sections of Montreal Road and side streets as the work progresses. Signage will be installed ahead of the planned work indicating parking restrictions.

Bus stops within the construction zones will be temporarily relocated outside of the immediate construction zone as required to avoid conflicts.

Pedestrian access to businesses will remain open at all times and residents and visitors are encouraged to continue to support Montreal Road area businesses during construction.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa and their business partner Enbridge. The City and Enbridge will make every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodations, please contact the City of Ottawa project manager listed below.

Construction disruptions

The contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business; however, 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.

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 Enbridge construction related questions or concerns, please contact the utility representative.

City project manager:
Mario Kotowski, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa – Project Manager
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 26075

Utility representative:
Andrew Murray
Enbridge Gas Distribution
400 Coventry Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 2C7
Tel: 613-748-6746

Geotechnical and environmental investigations notice (April 2018)

Beginning in late April, the City of Ottawa will undertake geotechnical (soil) and environmental investigations within the City’s right-of-way along Montreal Road and North River Road. The investigations are required as part of the design work for the Montreal Road and North River Road revitalization project which includes watermain and sewer replacement, and reconstruction of the roadway, sidewalks and cycling facilities along Montreal Road and North River Road.

Who: Golder Associates and Marathon Drilling Ltd. will be performing the investigative work for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The information gathered from the geotechnical boreholes forms part of the project design work and is used to determine soil types, soil conditions and ground water levels along Montreal Road and North River Road.

What: The investigative work will involve the installation of markers and drilling of approximately 35 boreholes within the Montreal Road and North River Road right-of-way.

When: This work is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of April 23, 2018 and should take approximately six (6) weeks to complete, weather dependent. The majority of the drilling will occur on weekdays between 9 am and 3 pm; however, some work is expected during morning peak hours (7 am to 9 am) and afternoon peak hours (3 pm to 6 pm). Limited evening and weekend work is also expected.

Where: The boreholes drilling is planned within the road surface on the 2 kilometre section of Montreal Road between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard and the 500 metre north section of North River Road from Montreal Road to the North River Road cul-de-sac.

Construction disruptions

On street parking will be temporarily prohibited block by block as the drilling progresses along Montreal Road and North River Road. Lane closures will be required to accommodate the drilling rig and operating crews. Every effort will be taken to minimize impacts to businesses and residents, 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.

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 undersigned.

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:

City’s project manager:
Mario Kotowski, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 26075

City’s consultant representative:
Kelly Lalonde, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Robinson Consultants Inc.
Phone: 613-592-6060, ext. 141