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Strandherd Drive widening (Maravista Drive to Jockvale Road)

Project Status: 
Planned

Project Overview (September 2020)

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Project description

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.

Key plan [ PDF – 3.96 MB ]

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
  • sidewalks
  • a grade separation over the existing VIA Rail line (vehicular bridge over the tracks)

Strandherd Widening Roll Plan [ 17.2 MB ]

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.

Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility Retrofit [ 11.6 MB ]

Traffic Management

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.

Over the next few weeks, the following traffic impacts will occur:

  • Chapman Mills Drive will continue to be closed temporarily between Strandherd Drive and Waterlilly Way for a few more weeks for the installation of new sewers across the intersection.
  • Partial reduction of the eastbound left-turn lane onto Tartan Drive as well as of the eastbound right-turn lane onto Borrisokane Road will be required the week of September 21.
  • Lane reductions in both directions will be required for the night-time resurfacing of Strandherd Drive between Greenbank Road and Jockvale Road. One lane in each direction will be maintained. This work is weather dependent and expected to start on September 21.
  • The traffic will be realigned to the north side of Strandherd Drive between Maravista Drive and the railway track to accommodate the sewer installation on the south side of Strandherd Drive.
  • McKenna Casey Drive will be permanently closed beginning this fall from Strandherd Drive to southwest of the railway crossing. The closure is tentatively set for October 12.
  • As a result of the McKenna Casey Drive, access to the Gregory Casey Stormwater Management Facility from McKenna Casey Drive will be closed during construction. Once construction is complete, in the fall of 2023, the Gregory Casey Stormwater Management Facility will be accessible from Borrisokane Road.

Below is a drawing of the traffic management plan which includes anticipated road closures over the duration of the project. Dates are subjected to change and will be updated as required. Specific dates for road closures will be shared in advance of work commencing. Detour signage will be placed onsite. For up to date traffic information, sign up for the Strandherd Drive Widening e-newsletter

Traffic management plan [ 3.00 MB ]

For further and current details on the traffic impacts sign up for the e-newsletter (link above).

Anticipated Project timing

Construction start: summer 2020

Construction completion: fall 2023

Project budget

The estimated total projected budget for the Strandherd Drive widening is approximately $113 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.

Contact Information

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

Night work notice (September 2020)

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.

The City of Ottawa, as part of the Strandherd Drive Widening project, will be resurfacing Strandherd Drive between Greenbank Road and Jockvale Road beginning mid-september. In order to facilitate the resurfacing work, the City of Ottawa has approved night work.

What: The construction work will include milling and paving of the road surface.

Why: The night work is required to minimize the traffic impacts to Strandherd Drive.

When: The night work is tentatively planned to start on the evening of Monday, September 21. It will take 4 nights to complete the work. In case of rain, the work will be postponed to a later date.

Where: The work will occur on Strandherd Drive between Greenbank Road and Jockvale Road.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited to complete the work.

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 accommodations, please contact the undersigned. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Traffic Management

Lane closures in both directions will be required in order to complete the work. Flag personnel will be onsite directing traffic (or signage will be placed onsite alerting motorists of work). Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained.

Contact Information

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

For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager.

City Project Manager
Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Design and Construction Municipal
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 21805

Temporary road closure (August 2020)

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.

This notice is to provide an update that construction in your neighbourhood will require a temporary road closure of Chapman Mills Drive at Strandherd Drive to install the new sewers in a safe manner.

What: The construction work will include the installation of new sewers across the intersection.

Why: The new infrastructure is required to support growth in the community. The depth of the new sewers (as much as 8 metres deep) requires the intersection to be closed for safety.

When: The temporary road closure will start on September 14 and will last up to two months. Detour information will be placed onsite. Please consult the City of Ottawa Traffic Report to get the most current information on road closures and detours. The Traffic Report can be found here or sign up for the project’s e-newsletter.

Where: The work will occur along Strandherd Drive across the Chapman Mills Drive intersection. Chapman Mills Drive will be closed between Strandherd Drive and Waterlilly Way. Local access will be maintained. Traffic will be detoured via Waterlilly Way, Kenton Avenue, Madrid Avenue and Andora Avenue.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited, to complete the work.

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.

Traffic Signals

The City is pleased to inform you that temporary traffic signals are planned to be installed at the intersection of Chapman Mills Drive / Fraser Fields Way / Strandherd Drive this fall. Permanent traffic signals will be installed as part of the Strandherd Drive Widening project at a later date.

On-Street Parking

On-street parking will be restricted within the construction zone and along part of the detour route to facilitate turning movements.

Detour Route

Detour route for the Chapman Mills Drive road closure between Strandherd Drive and Waterlilly Way. Arrows showing traffic being detoured via Waterlilly Way, Kenton Avenue, Madrid Avenue and Andora Avenue.

Construction Disruptions

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 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.

For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

Contact Information

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

For general project information, please email strandherdwidening@ottawa.ca or contact the City’s Project Manager.

City Project Manager
Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Design and Construction - Municipal
City of Ottawa
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 21805

Construction commencement notice (July 2020)

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.

This notice is to advise that construction in your neighbourhood has commenced.

What: The 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
  • sidewalks
  • 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 be also constructed throughout the stormwater pond limits and will include a new pedestrian bridge.

Why: The Strandherd Drive Widening project will provide capacity for existing and future traffic volumes and facilitate the movement of cyclists and pedestrians through the corridor as well as provide the undergrounding infrastructure to support growth.

When: Construction is planned from summer 2020 to the fall of 2023.

Where: The work will occur on Strandherd Drive between Maravista Drive and Jockvale Road.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited to complete the work.

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.

Pre-Construction Inspections

You may feel vibrations at your home 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 will be offering free pre-construction inspections in advance of the construction start for all structures within 30 meters of the work zone. The objective of the pre-construction inspections is to document the state of the buildings and structures prior to construction for the purpose of resolving possible claims by residents or the building owners. Due to COVID-19, the pre-construction inspections will be limited to the exterior of the building and structures. 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.

The Contractor is required by the City to carry liability insurance before any work may proceed.

On-Street Parking

The Contractor is required to ensure that homeowners and businesses have access to their properties. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, you will be contacted by the project team with further information.

Traffic Management

To accommodate the proposed construction, various road closures, lane reductions and detours will be required. Access to local businesses and private properties will be maintained throughout the construction period. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained. Motorists can expect delays through the construction zone.

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. 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.

Construction Disruptions

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 construction work, such as delays and traffic detours, parking restrictions, noise, dust and vibration. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

Contact Information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1. For general project information, please email strandherdwidening@ottawa.ca or contact the City’s Project Manager.

City Project Manager
Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Design and Construction – Municipal
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 21805

Construction notice (June 2020)

What: The project includes: improvements and extensions to watermain and sewers; widening Strandherd Drive to four lanes; cycle tracks in both directions; sidewalks; a grade separation over the existing VIA Rail line (vehicular bridge over the tracks); and, expansion and retrofit of the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility.

Why: The Strandherd Drive Widening project will provide capacity for existing and future traffic volumes and facilitate the movement of cyclists and pedestrians through the corridor as well as provide the undergrounding infrastructure to support growth.

Where: The work will occur on Strandherd Drive between Maravista Drive and Jockvale Road.

When: Construction is planned from summer 2020 to the fall of 2023.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited to complete the work.

Traffic Management

To accommodate the proposed construction, various road closures, lane reductions and detours will be required. Please visit the City website for details.

Beginning in August, Chapman Mills Drive will be closed at Strandherd Drive for approximately two months for underground sewer work.

Beginning in fall 2020, McKenna Casey Drive will be permanently closed south west of the railway crossing.

Newsletter

On an as required basis, a project newsletter will be distributed electronically. The newsletter includes information on the current and future work, traffic impacts and general construction information. 

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.

Contact Information

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1. For general project information, please email strandherdwidening@ottawa.ca or contact the City’s Project Manager.

City Project Manager
Josée Vallée, P.Eng.
Design and Construction - Municipal
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 21805