Beginning late June to early July, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to rehabilitate the watermain and sewer in your community.
Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor CACE Construction (1991) Ltd., to complete the work.
Why: The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction due to age and condition of existing watermains and sewers.
What: Work will involve the rehabilitation of the sewer, watermain, and roadway in your community. Discussions are ongoing with the National Capital Commission about the potential for a pedestrian crossover at Seneca Street and Colonel By Drive.
Where: The project limits are:
- Aylmer Avenue from Canal Woods Terrace to Seneca Street (cycling lane extends to Bank Street)
- Carlyle Avenue from Woodbine Place to dead-end
- Colonel By Drive (under pathway) from Carlyle Avenue to Fulton Avenue
- Downing Street from Carlyle Avenue to Seneca Street
- Fulton Avenue from Woodbine Place to Canal Woods Terrace
- Pansy Avenue from Carlyle Avenue to Seneca Street
- Seneca Street from Grove Avenue to Colonel By Drive (cycling lane extends to Cameron Avenue)
- Woodbine Place from Fulton Avenue to Seneca Street
- Glen Avenue from Grove Avenue north/south to Seneca Street
- Grove Avenue north/south from Glen Avenue to Grove Avenue east/west (Brewer Arena)
When: The City is planning construction activities within the project limits from June 2018 to June 2020, with winter shut down periods from November to April. The Contractor’s current 2018 construction phasing plan is as follows:
Start - late June to early July - 2018
- Seneca Street – Sunnyside Avenue to Grove Avenue
- Glen Avenue - Grove Avenue (north/south) to Seneca Street
- Grove Avenue (north/south) – Grove Avenue (east/west) to Glen Avenue (watermain only)
Start – mid to late summer – 2018
- Seneca Street – Sunnyside Avenue to Aylmer Avenue
- Woodbine Place – Carlyle Avenue to Seneca Street (sanitary sewer only)
- Pansy Avenue – Carlyle Avenue to Seneca Street
- Carlyle Avenue – Woodbine Place to Pansy Avenue
2019 phasing will be communicated in early spring 2019.
All work started in a season would have hard surfaces reinstated by winter shut down. This would include base course asphalt, driveways, and sidewalks; however, some landscaping will carry over into the spring of the following year.
The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm. Although work is permitted on Saturdays between 7 am and 10 pm, the contractors typically only work weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm. Workdays and timing may be modified as needed.
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 construction inspector or the contractor.
On-street parking and traffic
Throughout the limits of the project, the roadway will be open to local traffic only. Localized road closures at the location of excavations for the mainline watermain and services can be expected throughout the project limits. To allow the work to be completed in a timely manner, on street parking may be prohibited during the construction period. Signs will be placed 24 hours in advance indicating the parking prohibition. Vehicles parked at these locations may be towed at the owner’s expenses. Parking fines may also apply. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, the City’s inspector will provide you with a temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) to authorize on-street parking within a few blocks of your residence.
OC Transpo detour
To facilitate the underground work on Seneca Street between Sunnyside Avenue and Grove Avenue, the #7 eastbound bus will need to be detoured. The proposed detour route for the eastbound #7 bus is anticipated to use Leonard Avenue between Sunnyside Avenue and Grove Avenue. Final routing will be confirmed and posted to the project website. Existing bus stops that are impacted will be modified, and temporary bus stops will be implemented.
The City’s Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete. They 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 operation of the work, such as delays and traffic detours when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.
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. Lawns, pathways, gardens and/or driveways may be disturbed. The affected areas will be reinstated as soon as possible after construction is completed, at no cost to you. 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 wish move these materials in advance of the construction work. If you own a subsurface lawn irrigation system, or a heated driveway system, please notify the City’s Project Manager identified below.
You may feel vibrations at your home or business due to the use of the heavy equipment needed to complete this work. This is quite common and typical observed vibrations are unlikely to cause damage to adjacent structures.
The contractor is required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed. You may be asked by the contractor’s agent (DST Consulting Engineers) 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. We have been advised that properties slated for 2019 construction, are also likely to have pre-construction surveys done during the Summer of 2018.
The City’s contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until the construction project is entirely completed.
Private water services
One element of the reconstruction project is the replacement of the watermain under the road. This work will include replacement of the small water pipe that supplies water to your property, known as the “water service.” The water service extends from the watermain to your building. Part of the water service is located within the City’s right-of-way and part of the water service is located on your private property. This reconstruction project will replace that part of the water service that is located on the City-owned property. The City will only replace the City-owned portion of the water service between the watermain and your front property line. This will be done at no cost to you. The private section of the water service (on your property) between the front property line and your building is known as the private water service. The private water service will not be replaced as part of the City project, and is the property owner’s responsibility.
If your house/building was built prior to 1958, there is a possibility that your private water service may have been constructed using lead pipe (modern pipes are copper or HDPE). There is information available regarding lead in drinking water, how to determine if you have lead plumbing pipes, and the City’s Lead Pipe Replacement Program.
If you decide to replace your private water service because of an existing lead pipe or simply preventive maintenance due to the pipe’s age, there are a few options available for you to consider. In all cases, you as the property owner are responsible for the cost of this replacement, as you own the pipe located on your property.
You may choose to do the work yourself by hiring your own contractor. The only constraint is that you may not carry out your work while the City is working on the street and replacing your water service up to your property line. Concurrent work on your adjacent land may create a safety hazard for the City’s contractor and/or for your contractor. Once the City’s work is complete, you may replace your private water service at any time thereafter.
The City does have a Lead Pipe Replacement Program where the City carries out the replacement on behalf of the property owner; however, it is not set up to work with any concurrent City road, sewer or watermain construction. The program covers the replacement of both the private water service and the City-owned portion of the water service when no other City construction is planned. Since, as part of the current City project, the water service will be replaced up to your front property line, the Lead Pipe Replacement Program will only be available to you up to 2 years after the completion of the planned watermain work. Under the Lead Pipe Replacement Program, the City cannot replace the private water service until the watermain work is completed for the same safety reasons described in Option 1. Please note that you are responsible for all costs under this program. Please contact the Water and Wastewater Services Customer Information at 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) ext. 22300 if you have further questions about the Program.
There is a possibility that the City’s contractor may be willing to replace your private water service at the same time as the City’s work. If the City’s Contractor is willing to carry out private water service replacements and you choose this option, you would then be hiring and paying the City’s contractor directly. If you are interested in this arrangement, please contact The City’s Contractor directly to find out the availability and details of this option.
Please be advised, that should resident’s enter into a private agreement with the City’s General Contractor, the City will not become involved in any oversight of work or dispute resolution for work done on private property.
Sewer lateral replacement
As part of the reconstruction project, the sanitary sewer laterals will also be replaced within the right-of-way up to the property line. Where identified by the City’s Environmental Services Protective Plumbing Program, certain sewer laterals may be replaced on private property, or lined from the building foundations. Typically, these issues are related to deficiencies that have compromised the function of the lateral and are typically the result of roots from City trees. Additional coordination with the Site Inspector may be required for some of these activities if this situation applies to you.
Fire supply interruption
During construction, water will be supplied to buildings by temporary water lines. Municipal fire suppression will continue during this temporary period. Please note that private home/building fire suppression systems could be impacted as temporary water is being provided for domestic consumption purposes only. If you have a home/building fire suppression system, you are recommended to 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 at FirePrevention@ottawa.ca. We apologize in advance for any disruptions in water service during construction. Any problems with the temporary water services can be directed to our on-site construction inspector, or by calling the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.
During the watermain renewal project, your property will be placed on a temporary water service. While your property is on this temporary 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.
To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact the City’s project manager:
Luigi Di Nuzzo
Contractor - Project Manager
CACE Construction (1991) Ltd.
City of Ottawa
Pat Sammon, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer – Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, x29843
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd.
115 Walgreen Rd, RR#3
Carp, ON K0A 1L0