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 to reopen, including all municipal construction projects, as long as they comply with strict measures for public health and safe operations. In addition to the City’s ongoing work on critical infrastructure projects, we are now able to resume work on other construction projects that were paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 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 August, the City of Ottawa will start the construction of the Scott Street Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation project.
What: The project includes improvements to the sewer and watermain infrastructure and widening the multi-use pathway on the north side of Scott Street, from east of Island Park Drive to Smirle Avenue. The project will also include a raised cycle lane on the south side of Scott Street, between Island Park Drive and Ross Avenue.
Why: The work is required to rehabilitate and repair the aging sewers and watermains on Scott Street, from west of Athlone Avenue to Smirle Avenue. This work must be completed in advance of the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) Stage 2 Transitway Detour, which is currently planned for late 2021. This is a separate project in which transitway buses are expected to use Scott Street between Churchill Avenue and Smirle Avenue as a detour.
When: Construction is expected to begin in early August 2020 and anticipated to be complete at the end of 2020.
The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 6 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. Night work may be required for the Contractor to complete the project on time. If this is the case, a Noise Bylaw Exemption will be required, and neighbouring residents will be notified in advance of work.
Where: This project will take place on Scott Street between Winona Avenue and Smirle Avenue and includes the following locations:
- Scott Street (from Island Park Drive to Ross Avenue) - Sanitary sewer and watermain replacement
- Scott Street (just east of Island Park Drive) – Storm sewer replacement
- Scott Street (McRae Avenue to Clifton Road) – Sanitary sewer replacement
- Scott Street (west of Athlone Avenue, at Athlone Avenue and at Smirle Avenue) – sanitary sewer spot repairs;
- Scott Street multi-use pathway between Island Park Drive and Caroline Avenue;
- Wellington Street West temporary detour modifications between Western Avenue and Clarendon Avenue, and between Harmer Avenue and Holland Avenue.
Who: The City of Ottawa has retained Aecon Construction Ontario East Limited to complete the work.
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. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.
To facilitate construction, the following traffic impacts will occur:
- Scott Street between Island Park Drive and Smirle Avenue will be reduced to a single westbound lane. Scott Street will be closed to eastbound traffic within this section. The southbound left-turn lane on Island Park Drive at Scott Street will also be closed during the eastbound lane closure.
- Scott Street between McRae Avenue and Clifton Road will be reduced to a single lane and traffic will be alternated in each direction with a flag person on site.
- Scott Street will be closed for one weekend in October 2020 at one of the following locations at a time:
- Between Athlne Avenue and Winona Avenue
- Between Island Park Drive and Carletn Avenue
- The following local roads may be closed immediately south of Scott Street:
- Athlne Avenue for maximum of two calendar days;
- McRae Avenue fr maximum of one night between 7 pm and 5 am.
- Cliftn Road
- Oakdale Avenue
- Rckhurst Road
- Carletn Avenue for maximum of 14 calendar days;
- Gilchrist Avenue
- Rss Avenue.
- Smirle Avenue
Notices will be sent to the area residents prior to the planned road closures, and signage will be installed to indicate the closures.
The following detours will be implemented to maintain pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicular traffic:
- Pedestrians will be detoured to the multi-use pathway on the north side of Scott Street. At least one pedestrian crossing will remain open at each signalized intersection at all times during the construction.
- Cyclists will be detoured to the multi-use pathway on the north side of Scott Street.
- The eastbound traffic on Scott Street will be detoured south via Churchill Road to Richmond Road / Wellington Avenue and north back onto Scott Street via Holland Avenue
- Westbound bus routes will continue to use Scott Street throughout the construction. Eastbound buses will continue to use Scott Street between Churchill Avenue and Island Park Drive. Alternate bus detours will be used to accommodate buses travelling eastbound, to the east of Island Park Drive.
As the various road reconstruction activities are in progress on your street, on-street parking will be restricted. 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.
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, and odour. You may also feel vibrations at your home or business due to the use of heavy equipment needed to complete the construction project. This is quite common and not usually a problem. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.
Temporary Water Services
During the watermain reconstruction, your property will be placed on a temporary water service. While your property will be on this temporary water service, your water usage will be estimated since
the temporary service is not metered. Your water bill will be based on your past average water usage. If you have any questions, please contact Revenue at 613-580-2444 or WS-Billing@ottawa.ca
Impact on the Right-of-Way and Adjacent Private Properties
The road, sewer and watermain reconstruction is within the City’s right-of-way 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 all 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
The Contractor is also required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed. You may be asked by the contractor’s insurance agent for permission to survey your property before the work commences, as Contractors typically conduct pre-construction inspections to document existing conditions for their own purposes. It is to your benefit to allow the inspection to be conducted on your property, as it may assist with establishing the impact, if any, that construction has had at your property after work is complete. In addition, you may wish to complete your own survey of pre-construction conditions on your property. Your survey should include photographs.
Property Damage Caused by Construction Activities
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.
For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, call the City at 3-1-1. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:
City Project Manager
Nima Aghniaey, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Travis Jones, P. Eng.
Aecon Construction Ontario East
Jeremy Smith, P.Eng.