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.
In early June 2021, the City of Ottawa will begin construction for the replacement of an existing trunk storm sewer in your neighbourhood.
What: The work involves:
- Replacement of the trunk storm sewer on Moncton Road, Mossdale Street, Clarenda Street, Alpine Avenue and Henley Street.
- Realignment of a section of trunk storm and sanitary sewer along sections of Alpine Avenue and Henley Street.
- Abandonment of the existing trunk storm and sanitary sewers located within an easement that runs between 943/937 Alpine Avenue and 942/948 Arkell Street.
- Replacement of the trunk storm and sanitary sewers on Arkell Street from Henley Street to 942/943 Arkell Street with new local sewers.
- Replacement of select sanitary sewers and watermains as well as house service laterals impacted by the trunk sewer replacement.
- Reinstatement of the roadway, grassed boulevard, driveways, and affected landscaped areas including planting of new trees to compensate for existing trees that must be removed to allow for the trunk sewer replacement.
- Reinstatement of streetlighting impacted by trunk storm sewer replacement.
- New sidewalks on Henley Street and reconstruction of existing sidewalks on Alpine Avenue.
- Construction of a new sidewalk on the north side of Henley Street from Connaught Avenue to Alpine Avenue including narrowing of Alpine Avenue at the northeast corner of the Henley/Alpine intersection.
Why: This work is required to replace the existing trunk storm sewer that weaves through the Queensway Terrace North community. The existing trunk storm sewer has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.
Where: • Henley Street from Connaught Avenue to Alpine Avenue
- Arkell Street from Henley Street up to 948 Arkell Street
- Alpine Avenue from Henley Street to Clarenda Street
- Clarenda Street from Alpine Avenue to Mossdale Street
- Mossdale Street from Clarenda Street to Moncton Road
- Moncton Road from Mossdale Street to approximately 2653 Moncton Road
- Easement from Queensview Drive to Moncton Road
When: Construction for the project will be split into Part 1 and Part 2.
Part 1 construction will take place in 2021/2022.
Part 2 construction will take place in 2022/2023, subject to funding approval.
Part 1 work includes Henley Street and Alpine Avenue (Henley Street to approximately 947 Alpine Avenue), where construction activities are expected to begin in the next few weeks with final paving and landscaping expected to be completed in spring/summer 2022.
Part 2 work includes Arkell Street, Alpine Avenue (approximately 947 Alpine Avenue to Clarenda Street), Clarenda Street, Mossdale Street, Moncton Road and the Queensview-Moncton Easement, where construction activities are expected to begin in spring of 2022 with final paving and landscaping expected to be completed in spring/summer 2023.
Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, C.A.C.E. Construction (1991) Limited, to complete this project.
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 accommodations, please contact the undersigned. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.
To accommodate the proposed construction, Henley Street, Alpine Avenue, Mossdale Street, and Moncton Road will be closed to all but local traffic while construction is taking place on those streets. A lane of traffic will be maintained along Clarenda Street while construction takes place on that street in order to accommodate OC Transpo route 155 and facilitate access within the neighbourhood.
While the Contractor is actively working within the Henley/Connaught intersection, the north leg of the intersection will be temporarily closed and OC Transpo route 154 will be maintained. Similarly, while the Contractor is actively working within the Henley/Tavistock intersection, the north leg of the intersection will also be temporarily closed. This will, however, require a temporary detour of OC Transpo route 154 north on Connaught Avenue at Henley Street before rejoining the regular route. Further information on the temporary detour of OC Transpo route 154 will be communicated to residents at a later date.
Residents are also advised that the Alpine/Henley intersection will require a long-term hard closure to accommodate the deep sewer installations at this location. A temporary pedestrian sidewalk will be constructed along the west side of Alpine Avenue to maintain north-south pedestrian access around the construction zone. Once in place, the hard closure of the Alpine/Henley intersection would remain throughout the 2021 construction season.
Access to private properties including pedestrian and cycling access, will be maintained throughout the construction period unless otherwise communicated.
On-Street Parking and Local Access
As the various road reconstruction activities are in progress, on-street parking will be restricted. Local access will be maintained to residents, schools and emergency vehicles.
The Contractor is required to ensure that homeowners have access to their property. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted for a short period due to construction activities, you will be contacted in advance by the project team and given a temporary On-Street Parking Permit that will allow on-street parking within two blocks of your residence when these disruptions occur.
Residents in the vicinity of the deep sewer work at the Alpine/Henley intersection will be provided with alternate parking arrangements, if driveway access cannot be maintained. Details will be communicated directly with affected residents.
Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties
The reconstruction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction. 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 plants in preparation for the construction work.
Lawn Irrigation Systems
If you own a subsurface lawn irrigation system, please notify the City Project Manager identified below.
The Contractor will be completing interior (subject to lifting of Covid-19 restrictions) and exterior pre-construction inspections of consenting homes in the work area, if the homeowner is in agreement. The purpose of the pre-construction survey is to document current building and landscape conditions before construction commences. In addition, you may wish to complete your own survey of pre-construction conditions on your property. Your survey should include photographs.
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 on-site Representative. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.
Temporary Water Services
During the replacement of the watermain on Henley Street and Arkell Street and portions of Alpine Avenue, water will be supplied to buildings by temporary water lines. While your property is on this temporary service, your water usage will be estimated as the temporary service is not metered. Your water bill will be based on the past average water usage for your address. If you have any questions regarding your water bill, please contact Revenue at 613-580-2444 or by email at WS-Billing@ottawa.ca.
Municipal fire suppression will continue during the construction period. Please note that private fire suppression systems may be impacted due to temporary water lines. If you have a private fire suppression system, it is recommended that you make arrangements with a fire protection services company in order to determine the extent of any impact. For information on minimizing your fire risk, contact the City’s Fire Services at 613-580-2424 ext. 15371 (East) or ext. 15372 (West).
We apologize in advance for any disruptions in water service during construction. Any problems with the temporary water services can be directed to the City on-site representative or call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 in the evenings or weekends.
Private Water Services
If your house/building was built prior to 1955, there is a possibility that your private water service may have been constructed using lead pipe (modern pipes are copper or HDPE). For those homes with a lead water pipe supplying water to the water meter, there is information regarding the City’s Lead Pipe Replacement Program available on the City’s website, Ottawa.ca/leadpipes, or call 3-1-1.
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 work, such as traffic delays, noise, dust and vibration. 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.
For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).
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 Representatives.
City Project Manager
Kevin Gibbs, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 16633
City On-Site Representative
Patrick Franey, E.I.T.
Civil Field Inspector, J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
Jason Bettez, P.Eng.
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited.
Paul Mousseau, Site Superintendent
C.A.C.E Construction (1991) Limited
Paul Lemire, Project Manager
C.A.C.E Construction (1991) Limited