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Strandherd Drive is being widened to a four-lane cross section from Maravista Drive to Jockvale Road in Barrhaven. This is a major and complex infrastructure project and a significant investment in Barrhaven.
The project is approximately 3.3 kilometres in length. It will provide capacity for existing and future traffic volumes during peak periods and facilitate the movement of cyclists and pedestrians through the corridor as well as provide the underground infrastructure to support growth.
This project includes:
- improvements and extensions to watermain and sewers
- the construction of two temporary road detours
- widening Strandherd Drive to four lanes
- cycle tracks in both directions
- a grade separation over the existing VIA Rail line (vehicular bridge over the tracks)
To support new development south of Strandherd Drive, the project also includes the expansion and retrofit of the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility to improve water quality. A multi-use pathway will also be constructed throughout the stormwater pond limits and will include a new pedestrian bridge.
Project Update – May 2021
Below is a summary of the work that was recently completed, as well as the work that is currently underway:
- New sewers are now complete from east of Dealership Drive to Kingsview Lane (except for a short section just east of Borrisokane Road). Sewer installation will continue west across Dealership Drive for approximately 225 m and east from Kingsview Lane to just east of the Home Depot west entrance. The main sewers are approximately 75% complete.
- The watermain was installed from east of Kennevale Drive to Tartan Drive. The watermain installation from Jockvale Road westward will commence shortly. The watermain is approximately 20% complete.
- The installation of sewers and watermain under the railway by pipe ramming is complete.
- The watermain and sewers were installed on Tartan Drive. Reconstruction of Tartan Drive is progressing well.
- Construction of the bridge west abutment is complete. Construction of the bridge piers and east abutment are underway.
- Road widening from Borrisokane Road to Madrid Avenue is progressing well.
- The installation of electrical ducts for traffic signals and street lighting has commenced at Chapman Mills Drive.
- The expansion of the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility is ongoing. Construction of the retaining walls and structures at the outlet of the pond is progressing well. Work at the future Chapman Mills Drive pond crossing has commenced with the construction of the retaining walls and the installation of the box culverts.
To accommodate the proposed construction, various road closures, lane reductions and detours will be required. Motorists can expect delays through the construction zone. Access to local businesses and private properties will be maintained throughout the construction period. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained at all times.
- Strandherd Drive – Strandherd Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Kennevale Drive and Maravista Drive starting on Tuesday May 25 for the installation of catch basins and sewers. The westbound left-turn lanes at Maravista Drive will also be shortened, as necessary.
- Tallgrass Lane – Tallgrass Lane is closed at Strandherd Drive until approximately Friday, June 4 for the installation of sewers and road reconstruction.
- Strandherd Drive – Strandherd Drive will be reduced to one lane in the eastbound direction between the Home Depot west entrance and Jockvale Road for the installation of the watermain. The lane reduction is tentatively planned to start in a few weeks.
- Andora Avenue – Andora Avenue will fully close to traffic at Strandherd Drive for approximately two months starting mid-June (the tentative start date is Tuesday, June 15). After the full closure, Andora Avenue will reopen as a right-in/right-out intersection, with no left-turn movements permitted, until the spring of 2022. The temporary road closure is necessary for the installation of new sewers and watermain, as well as the reconstruction of the road and traffic signals. Because Andora Avenue is narrow, the intersection needs to close during construction for constructability, safety and to limit traffic impacts on Strandherd Drive. The closure will have the added benefit of considerably reducing the number of construction vehicles using local streets in the neighbourhood. Local access will be maintained via Chapman Mills Drive.
- Tartan Drive – Road reconstruction will continue on Tartan Drive. Traffic delays are expected. Local access will be maintained.
- Strandherd Drive – Various work continues along the corridor. To accommodate the work, there will be off-peak lane reductions, as necessary along the corridor.
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Construction activities and heavy equipment associated with the Strandherd Drive Widening project and the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Retrofit project will produce low intensity ground vibrations. This is quite common and typical observed vibrations are unlikely to cause damage to adjacent structures. The vibrations are more noticeable in this part of Barrhaven because the clay soils in the area tend to carry vibrations further from the source.
It is important to note that people and buildings react differently to vibration. While a person might be able to feel vibrations, it does not mean that damage to building elements has occurred. Although tolerance levels vary considerably, people are much more sensitive to vibrations than buildings. A person may be able to feel vibrations that are 50 times less than the level of vibration typically estimated to cause damage to a building or its structural components. Construction vibrations expected under this project are more of a nuisance than a cause of property damage. The vibrations are not expected to reach the levels that can cause damages to homes or buildings.
Additional information on construction vibration can be found here.
Anticipated Project timing
Construction start: summer 2020
Construction completion: fall 2023
The estimated total projected budget for the Strandherd Drive widening is approximately $112 million, including additional funding authority as part of the upcoming 2021 capital budget.
The total project budget for the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility Retrofit is $15.8 million.
Public Involvement and Engagement
The City of Ottawa has a proactive communication approach to dealing with construction projects and potential impacts to the public. As part of the City’s construction project process, various opportunities to share information will be used, including updates on Ottawa.ca, Public Service Announcements and Social Media.
For general project information, please email the project team or contact the City’s Project Manager.
Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 21805