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

Project Status: 
Underway

Project overview

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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 timing

The current project schedule is as follows:

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

Project budget

Approved project funds to date: $17,555,240.00
Construction funds will be provided in future budgets.

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 special accommodation, please contact the project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

COVID-19

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community. The City continues to work closely with the industry and to comply with restrictions and 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 about this project, please contact the City’s 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

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)

Posted: 
Friday, November 5, 2021, 8:04 am
Last updated: 
Friday, November 12, 2021, 8:56 am

Dates & Times

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 6:30 pm

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.

If you wish to participate, please contact the City Project Manager listed below to register.

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:

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

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)

Posted: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 8:54 am
Last updated: 
Monday, January 25, 2021, 3:14 pm

Dates & Times

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 9:00 am to Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 11:00 pm

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.