Reconstruction of Albert Street/Queen Street/Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue

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Project description

The City of Ottawa has identified a requirement for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of portions of its underground infrastructure along Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street, and Bronson Avenue. The project limits are Albert Street from Empress to Bay, Queen Street from Bronson to Bay, Slater Street from Empress to Bay, and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue. The overall purpose of this project is to undertake a preliminary and detail design leading to a construction project. The project will include the replacement of portions of the existing sewers, roads, and watermains as well as the rearrangement and reconstruction of the street right-of-way in accordance with the results of the Albert and Slater Streets Post Light Rail Transit (LRT) Repurposing Functional Design Study that was approved by Council of the City of Ottawa in 2018. The streets will follow the complete street framework, in which physical elements will be incorporated if possible into the design such that streets offer safety, comfort and mobility for all users.

Why: The City is renewing the underground infrastructure to improve performance of our sewers and to improve the reliability of the water distribution system. The inclusion of integrated requirements for accessibility, pedestrian movements, cycling facilities, and bus transit requirements align with the direction provided by the City’s Accessibility Design Standards and the City’s Official Plan, and the City’s Downtown Moves master plan.

Where: The project includes Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue.

This is a map showing the project limits between Bay and Impress, between Queen and Laurier.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the design consulting firm, Parsons Corporation, to develop a design for the reconstruction of Albert Street/Queen Street/Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue Project.

Project update (March 2022)

This spring, the City of Ottawa will begin the rehabilitation of portions of its underground infrastructure along Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street and Bronson Avenue.

The project limits include:

  • Albert Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street
  • Queen Street from Bronson Avenue to Bay Street
  • Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street
  • Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue

The project will replace portions of the existing sewers, roads and watermains. It will also reconstruct the street right of way, following the Complete Streets framework in which physical elements will be incorporated into the design where feasible to offer safety, comfort and mobility for all road users.

Upcoming traffic impacts

Traffic impacts related to this reconstruction project can be found on slides 24 and 25 in the November 2021 public presentation.

The impacts for 2022 include :

  • Albert and Slater streets will be reduced to a single lane between Bronson Avenue and Bay Street. Sidewalks on both streets will be closed one at a time and localized detours will be in place.
  • Bronson Avenue will be reduced to a single northbound lane between Slater and Albert streets.
  • Commissioner Street will be reduced to a single southbound lane between Albert and Slater streets. The cycle track on Commissioner Street will remain open throughout construction.

These impacts will be for most of the 2022 construction season and further details including the exact start date will be communicated in advance.

The City is committed to working with the community throughout the duration of this project.

Tree removal and planting

There are over 100 trees proposed to be planted as part of the Albert, Queen, Slater, Bronson reconstruction project and the Ādisōke (Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility) project combined. The new trees will include several hearty salt-resistant species that will contribute to the urban forest and provide shade and respite from the urban environment. As discussed during the Albert, Queen, Slater, Bronson reconstruction consultation phase, this project also includes the removal of select trees.

A total of approximately 100 existing trees are either in direct conflict with the proposed road realignment, cycle tracks or sidewalks, and must be removed.

Beginning in early April, approximately 25 trees that conflict with this year’s construction on Albert and Slater streets between Empress Avenue and Bay Street, and along Bronson Avenue between Laurier Avenue and Queen Street, will be removed. The tree removals will be staged, and the removal of additional trees will be communicated as the project advances.

Tree replacement is being provided at a 1:1 replacement level and there will also be approximately 17,250 additional perennials and ornamental grasses planted. Of the new trees, a portion of them will be planted in soil cells located within the right-of-way or within the boulevard. A soil cell is a modular building block (resembles a plastic milk crate) used to contain healthy soil beneath a hard asphalt and/or concrete surface. The soil cells will support the cycle track and sidewalk loads and are filled with high-quality, uncompacted soil that allows the tree roots to spread out and grow. The system includes irrigation pipes to aid in watering trees and providing sufficient air circulation. Overall, the soil cells promote healthy tree root growth, longevity and increase their likelihood of trees surviving in an urban environment.

Photo: A typical underground soil cell which allows healthy tree roots growth under a hard surface.

A photo of an underground soil cell.

Noise By-law

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. If work needs to occur outside of the Noise By-law, an exemption request will be approved, and timing for the planned work will be communicated to affected residents in advance.

Project timing

The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Design completion: fall 2021
  • Utilities relocations: summer/fall 2021and winter/spring 2022
  • Construction start: spring 2022

Project budget

Approved project funds to date: approximately $43.7 million

Public engagement

An online public information session was held in June 2020 and in November 2021, to present the design drawings to the public. At that time attendees were able to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works.

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 a disability-related accommodation, please contact the project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

COVID-19

The City of Ottawa, in its commitment to protecting people and the community, continues to work closely with the industry and to comply with recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, call the City at 3-1-1.
For further information, please contact the project team or alternatively, the City Project Manager:

City Project Manager
Patrick Duquette, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 16038

City On-Site Representatives
Trent Bowden, C.E.T.
City of Ottawa, Inspector
Tel.: 613-769-8388

Brett Hayes, C.E.T.
City of Ottawa, Inspector
Tel.: 613-298-0265

Contract Administrator
Marc Proulx, C.E.T.
Parsons
Tel:  613-691-1597

Contractor Representative
Travis Jones, P.Eng., Project Manager
Aecon Construction Ontario East
Tel.: 613-839-2816

Thorsten Pletz, Site Superintendent
Aecon Construction Ontario East
Tel.: 613-818-0854

Slater Street (Bronson to Bay) weekend closures (August 2022)

This notice is to inform you that Slater Street from Bronson Avenue to Bay Street will be temporarily closed for two weekends in August. This temporary road closure is required to facilitate sewer and watermain construction work as part of the Albert, Queen, Slater and Bronson reconstruction project.

What: Two weekend closures of Slater Street are required to facilitate sewer and watermain work on the east side of the Slater/Bronson intersection. All work will proceed in accordance with the requirements of the Noise By-Law (a Noise By-Law Exemption may be required for possible overnight work on Sunday August 14 after 10 pm).

Why: This weekend work is required for watermain and sanitary sewer replacement work. This work must be done on weekends because Slater Street cannot be closed for extended periods during weekdays, due to traffic constraints. 

When:

  • The first weekend closure will be Friday August 12 at 9 am to Sunday August 14 at 10 pm (this weekend may involve overnight work on Sunday August 14 from 10 pm to Monday August 15 at 2 am).
  •  The second weekend closure will be Friday August 19 at 9 am to Sunday August 21 at 10 pm (work will be completed by 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings – no overnight work is required on this weekend).

Where: Slater Street will be closed between Bronson Avenue and Bay Street.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained Aecon Construction Ontario East to undertake this work.

Traffic impacts

Slater Street will be temporarily closed between Bronson Avenue and Bay Street. Vehicles, cyclists and OC Transpo buses will be detoured via Laurier Avenue and Bay Street. Detour signage will be installed onsite.

Local access for residents will remain open. Residents will be able to access Slater Street from the Bay intersection (Slater will operate temporarily as a two-way street during the closure each weekend).

On-street parking

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.

Construction notice (March 2022)

Beginning this spring, the City of Ottawa will begin the rehabilitation of portions of its underground infrastructure along Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street and Bronson Avenue.

What: During the 2022 construction season, the focus will be on the replacement of underground infrastructure and road reconstruction on Albert and Slater streets between Bronson Avenue and Bay Street; and on Bronson Avenue between Albert and Slater streets.

Why: The overall purpose of the project is to replace portions of the existing sewers, roads and watermains as well as the rearrangement and reconstruction of the street right of way in accordance with the results of the Albert and Slater Streets Post Light Rail Transit (LRT) Repurposing Functional Design Study that was approved by Council of the City of Ottawa in 2018. The streets will follow the Complete Street framework, in which physical elements will be incorporated into the design such that streets offer safety, comfort and mobility for all users.

When: This work is tentatively planned to begin in the spring of 2022 and be completed by the end of October 2024.

Where: The limits of construction associated with this project are as follows:

  • Albert Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street
  • Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street
  • Queen Street from Bronson Avenue to Bay Street
  • Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Street

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Aecon Construction Ontario East, to complete the work.

Utility relocation work on the project will be completed by Bell Canada, Hydro Ottawa and Enbridge Gas through their independent contractors.

Traffic impacts

Traffic impacts related to this reconstruction project can be found on slides 24 and 25 in the November 2021 public presentation.

Albert Street and Slater Street

Albert and Slater streets will be reduced to a single lane between Bronson Avenue and Bay Street for most of the 2022 construction season. Sidewalks on both streets will be closed one at a time and localized detours will be in place.

Bronson Avenue

Will be reduced to a single northbound lane between Slater Street and Albert Street for most of the 2022 construction season.

Commissioner Street

Will be reduced to a single southbound lane between Albert Street and Slater Street for most of the 2022 construction season. The cycle track on Commissioner between Albert Street and Slater Street will remain open throughout construction.

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, business owners and emergency vehicles.

Periodically, vehicular access to your property may be unavailable; the Contractor is required to provide 24-hour notification of temporary loss of vehicular access/egress to your property. A temporary On-Street Parking Permit will be made available to allow on-street parking within two blocks of your residence when these disruptions occur.

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 may want to move the plants in preparation for the construction 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 work, such as traffic delays, 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.

Pre-construction inspection

The Contractor is required to engage a third party to carry out pre-construction inspections of buildings in the work area. A representative from Blastek Engineering Group will be contacting affected property owners to schedule these inspections.

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.

Temporary water services

During the replacement of the watermain, water will be supplied to buildings by temporary water lines. While your property will be 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, please contact Revenue at 613-580-2444 or WS-Billing@ottawa.ca.

Municipal fire suppression will continue during the construction period. Please note that private fire suppression systems may be impacted. Temporary water is provided for domestic consumption purposes only. 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’s on-site representative or call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 in the evenings or weekends.

Utility relocations (July 2021)

The City of Ottawa will be replacing existing sewers, roads, and watermains along Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street, and Bronson Avenue. The project limits are Albert Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street, Queen Street from Bronson Avenue to Bay Street, Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street, and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue.

Utility work will take place in your neighbourhood beginning in July 2021 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The purpose of this work is to relocate underground utilities in advance of the complete roadway reconstruction planned to start in winter 2022.

What: There will be several utility relocations along Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street, and Bronson Avenue, including:

  • Duct and maintenance hole reconstruction along the north side of Albert Street between Empress Avenue and Bronson Avenue.
  • Duct reconstruction across the south side of the intersection of Bronson Avenue and Queen Street.
  • Hydro pole relocation on the north side of Albert Street, east of Commissioner Drive.
  • Hydro pole removals and duct installation on the north-east corner of the intersection of Bronson Avenue and Slater Street
  • Installation of a gas main along the north side of Queen Street, west of Bay Street.
  • Installation of a gas main along the north sidewalk of Slater Street between Bronson Avenue and Bay Street.

Why: The purpose of the work is to relocate underground utilities in advance of the complete roadway reconstruction planned to start in winter 2022.

When: This work is tentatively planned to begin in late July 2021 and will be completed by the end of 2021, weather dependant.

Where: Construction associated with this project will commence on the following streets:

  • Albert Street from Empress Avenue to Bronson Avenue
  • Queen Street at Bronson Avenue, and west of Bay Street
  • Slater Street from Bronson Avenue to Bay Street
  • Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Slater Street

Utility Relocations [ PDF 600 KB ]

Who: The work will be completed by Bell Canada, Hydro Ottawa and Enbridge Gas through their independent contractors.

Traffic Impacts

Albert Street
On Albert Street, one lane of eastbound traffic (where applicable) and two lanes of westbound traffic will be maintained.

Slater Street
On Slater Street, two lanes of eastbound traffic will be maintained.

Queen Street
On Queen Street, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. There will be some reduction in parking. If a lane closure is required, personnel will be on site directing traffic.

Bronson Avenue
On Bronson Avenue, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. If a lane closure is required, personnel will be on site directing traffic.

At all locations pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained throughout the construction period, with localized detours as required.

On-Street Parking and Local Access

As the various utility relocation activities are in progress, on-street parking will be restricted. Local access will be maintained to all vehicles.

Periodically, vehicular access to your property may be unavailable. 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.

Online engagement opportunities (November 2021)

The City of Ottawa continues to take precautionary steps to protect members of the public. As an alternative to hosting in-person public information sessions, information is being posted to Ottawa.ca and virtual information sessions are being held. The City remains committed to keeping the public informed of projects occurring in your neighborhood.

The City of Ottawa invites you to review and provide comments on the Reconstruction of Albert Street/Queen Street/Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue Project by December 7, 2021. Information can be submitted by email or by phone to the contact below.

Presentation boards [ 3.42 MB ]

A virtual public information session is also being held on Tuesday November 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

The City has a proactive communications approach. The project team will update you on the project using different methods to communicate including letters and posting information on Ottawa.ca.

What: The City of Ottawa is undertaking the rehabilitation of Albert Street, Queen Street, and Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue. The second open house for this project took place online in January 2021 to present the proposed geometry for the project. We invite you to review how the design has progressed since January and provide comments.

The proposed rehabilitation consists of the replacement and separation of the existing sewers, watermain, and roads where necessary within the project limits. Replacement of the sewers will reduce overflow incidents and replacement of the watermain will improve the reliability and connectivity of the water distribution system.

The proposed rehabilitation will also include the realignment of a portion of Slater Street west of Bronson Avenue. Streets will be reconstructed to follow the “complete streets” framework which will integrate requirements for accessibility, pedestrian movements, cycling facilities, and bus transit requirements.

Why: The City is renewing the underground infrastructure to improve performance of our sewers and to improve the reliability of the water distribution system. The inclusion of integrated requirements for accessibility, pedestrian movements, cycling facilities, and bus transit requirements align with the direction provided by the City’s Accessibility Design Standards and the City’s Official Plan, and the City’s Downtown Moves master plan.

Where: The project includes Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue. Minor sewer repairs will also be completed on Laurier Avenue as part of this project.

When: The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Design completion: completed in 2021
  • Construction start: winter/spring 2022
  • Substantial completion: summer 2024
  • Final completion: fall 2024

Notices will be sent prior to construction.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the design consulting firm, Parsons Inc, to develop a design for the reconstruction of Albert Street/Queen Street/Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments on the project, please contact the City project manager.

Online engagement opportunity (January 8 to 27, 2021)

The City of Ottawa continues to take precautionary steps to protect members of the public. As an alternative to hosting in-person public information sessions, information is being posted to Ottawa.ca. The City remains committed to keeping the public informed of projects occurring in your neighbourhood.

The City of Ottawa invites you to review and provide comments on the Reconstruction of Albert Street/Queen Street/Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue Project by January 27, 2021. Information can be submited by email or by phone to the contact below.

Project display boards [ 379 KB ]

Roll plan [12.9 MB ]

What: The City of Ottawa is undertaking the rehabilitation of Albert Street, Queen Street, and Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue. The first open house for this project took place online in June 2020 to present the proposed geometry for the project. We invite you to review how the design has progressed since June and provide comments.

The proposed rehabilitation consists of the replacement and separation of the existing sewers, watermain, and roads where necessary within the project limits. Replacement of the sewers will reduce overflow incidents and replacement of the watermain will improve the reliability and connectivity of the water distribution system.

The proposed rehabilitation will also include the realignment of a portion of Slater Street west of Bronson Avenue. Streets will be reconstructed to follow the “complete streets” framework which will integrate requirements for accessibility, pedestrian movements, cycling facilities, and bus transit requirements.

Why: The City is renewing the underground infrastructure to improve performance of our sewers and to improve the reliability of the water distribution system. The inclusion of integrated requirements for accessibility, pedestrian movements, cycling facilities, and bus transit requirements align with the direction provided by the City’s Accessibility Design Standards and the City’s Official Plan, and the City’s Downtown Moves master plan.

Where: The project includes Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue.

When: The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Design is expected to be completed in fall 2021
  • Construction is expected to start in winter 2022

Notices will be sent prior to construction.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the design consulting firm, Parsons Inc, to develop a design for the reconstruction of Albert Street/Queen Street/Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments on the project, please contact the City project manager.

Online engagement opportunity (June 16 to June 30, 2020)

Welcome to the Online Engagement Opportunity for the Reconstruction of Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street from Empress Avenue to Bay Street and Bronson Avenue from Queen Street to Laurier Avenue project. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the project and provide input on the planned works. We encourage you to provide your comments.

Project display boards [ 1.88 MB ]

Draft Design – Reconstruction of Albert, Queen, Slater and Bronson Streets [ 1.05 MB ]

Should you have any questions regarding the material, or any other aspects of the project, please feel free to reach out to the City Project Manager.