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Temporary road closures and bus detour (July 2018)

Construction of the road, sewer, and watermain has commenced on Seneca Street between Sunnyside Avenue and Grove Avenue. The work is required to rehabilitate infrastructure that has reached the end of its service life.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor C.A.C.E. Construction (1991) Ltd., to complete the work.

What: Seneca Street (Sunnyside Avenue to Grove Avenue), Grove Avenue (from Seneca Street to the west end of Grove) and Glen Avenue (from Seneca Street to the west end of Glen Avenue) will be temporary closed to traffic. Consequently, a temporary detour of OC Transpo bus #7 will be necessary to maintain bus services in your community. Buses will be detoured onto Léonard Avenue.

Why: The temporary road closures and bus detour are required to facilitate construction.

When: The road closures and bus detour will be from July 10, 2018 at 7 a.m. to late Fall 2018.

Where: Road closures: Seneca Street (Sunnyside Avenue to Grove Avenue), Grove Avenue (from Seneca Street to the west end of Grove) and Glen Avenue (from Seneca Street to the west end of Glen Avenue).  Detour routing: Routes 7 EB (St. Laurent) will be detoured onto Léonard Avenue.

A map showing the detour route.

On-street parking

On-street parking will be restricted within the construction zones and on the north side of Glen Avenue (from Seneca Street to Léonard Avenue).  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.

Transportation management

During the road closure period, Glen Avenue and Grove Avenue (from Seneca Street to Léonard Avenue) will be converted to two-way streets. In addition, eastbound access from Sloan Avenue to Hopewell Avenue (at Brewer Way) will be permitted.

Throughout the limits of the road closures, 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.  

OC Transpo bus stops

Existing bus stops that are impacted will be modified and temporary bus stops will be implemented.

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 construction inspector or the contractor.

We thank you for your continued patience and support during construction. For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager at the addresses below.

Luigi Di Nuzzo
Contractor - Project Manager
C.A.C.E. Construction (1991) Ltd.
Tel: 613-668-0755

Chuck Chard
Construction Inspector
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-913-9483

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

Ryan Bissonnette
Contract Administrator
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd.
115 Walgreen Rd, RR#3
Carp, ON K0A 1L0
Tel: 613-914-2394

Construction commencement notice (June 2018)

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

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 detour route for the eastbound #7 bus will use Léonard Avenue between Sunnyside Avenue and Grove Avenue. The bus detour will start on Tuesday July 10 at 7a.m. Existing bus stops that are impacted will be modified and temporary bus stops will be implemented.

Construction disruptions

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.

Pre-construction survey

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. 

Option 1

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.

Option 2

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.

Option 3

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.

Contact information

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.
Tel: 613-668-0755

Chuck Chard
Construction Inspector
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-913-9483

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

Ryan Bissonnette
Contract Administrator
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd.
115 Walgreen Rd, RR#3
Carp, ON K0A 1L0
Tel: 613-914-2394

Project commencement (August 2016)

The City of Ottawa has commenced design work for the rehabilitation of the northwest portion of Old Ottawa South. The project area is predominantly bounded by Bronson Place to the West, Colonel By Drive to the north, Seneca Street to the east and Sunnyside Avenue to the south. A three block section along Seneca St. extends south to Grove Ave, and includes work along Glen Avenue and Grove Avenue near the Brewer Arena. This work is being conducted to improve watermains, sanitary sewers and roadway infrastructure in your community.

Who: Mcintosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd has been retained by the City of Ottawa to develop Preliminary and Detailed designs for a construction contract that is currently scheduled to begin construction in 2018.

Why: Due to the age and condition of existing sewers and watermains, the City of Ottawa will undertake the preliminary and detailed design and construction to upgrade the underground and surface infrastructure. Watermains and sanitary sewers originally installed between 1908 and 1927 are in need of upgrading to maintain the level of service required for your community.

What: Work will involve the design of watermains, sanitary sewers, full road / curb, and landscaping reinstatement work within the City’s right-of-way. The design will detail the installation of new water services, sanitary laterals, and storm sewer laterals from the sewers / watermains to the property line. Modifications to sidewalk widths, and provisions for cycling improvements will be investigated as part of the design. It is expected that confirmatory field investigations may be required to determine service connections and grading tie-ins for private properties, and if required these residents will be contacted directly. A summary of the anticipated work and locations is provided below, with

When: Design work has already commenced and will include geotechnical investigations, supplementary survey work, and field investigations. The design is expected to be completed by winter 2018. Construction is currently expected to begin in mid-May of 2018 and run through the fall of 2019. Typically construction will occur between late spring through to late fall, with a winter shut down period. This schedule will be confirmed through the detailed design process.

Where:

  • Aylmer Avenue from Bronson Place to Seneca Street
  • Carlyle Avenue from Woodbine Place to Dead-end
  • Colonel By Drive from Carlyle Avenue to Fulton Avenue (Parkland-along pathway)
  • Downing Street from Seneca Street to Carlyle Avenue
  • Fulton Avenue from Woodbine Place to Bronson Place
  • Glen Avenue from Grove Ave (N/S) to Seneca Street
  • Grove Avenue from Glen Avenue to Grove Avenue (E/W) (Fronting Brewer Arena)
  • Pansy Avenue from Seneca Street to Carlyle Avenue
  • Seneca Street from Grove Avenue (E/W) to Colonel By Drive
  • Utility Corridor from Bronson Place to Fulton Avenue
  • Utility Corridor from Fulton Avenue to Carlyle Avenue
  • Woodbine Place from Fulton Avenue to Seneca Street

Environmental assessment and public involvement

The project is pre-approved under Ontario’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) guidelines for reconstruction of existing facilities to provide operational, maintenance or other improvements

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.

For further information about this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

City’s project manager:
Patrick Sammon, P. Eng
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction Municipal East
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic
Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 29843

Design consultant representative:
Phil Whelan, P.Eng.
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd.
115 Walgreen Rd., RR#3, Carp, ON  K0A 1L0
Tel.: 613-836-2184 ext. 2215