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Strandherd Drive widening (Maravista Drive to Jockvale Road)

Project Status: 
Planned

Project Overview

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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.

  • McKenna Casey Drive – McKenna Casey Drive will be permanently closed beginning on October 14 from Strandherd Drive to the railway crossing. As a result of the McKenna Casey Drive closure, 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.
  • Strandherd Drive – Various work continues along the corridor. To accommodate the work, there will be off-peak lane reductions, as necessary, along the corridor.

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

Construction update (November 2020)

Construction is progressing well. Over the past month, the following work has taken place:

  • The temporary road detour between Borrisokane Road and Dealership Drive is almost complete and will be ready for use the night of November 19, 2020. This temporary road detour is required for the construction of the bridge over the railway tracks. Just recently:
    • Streetlights have been installed
    • Culverts have been installed fr the Foster Drain under the detour road
    • A new railway grade crssing was installed
  • Installation of lightweight fill over a deposit of sensitive silty clay at the corner of Borrisokane Road.
  • Sewer installations continue between Borrisokane Road and Dealership Drive.
  • Tunneling installation of the sanitary sewer was completed.
  • The Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility detour between Jockvale Road and Andora Avenue was paved; this temporary road detour is required for the pond structural work planned for this winter.
  • The Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility Access Road between Greenbank Road and the pond has commenced.

Next Steps

Over the next few weeks, the following construction work can be expected:

  • The sewer installation will continue between Borrisokane Road and Dealership Drive, including across the Dealership Drive intersection.
  • Storm sewers will be installed under the railway tracks.
  • Installation of headwalls at the inlet of the Gregory Casey Stormwater Management Facility.
  • Installation of traffic signals at the Strandherd Drive / Chapman Mills Drive / Fraser Fields Way intersection.
  • Work at the Kennedy-Burnett Stormwater Management Facility will commence.

Reminder: Pipe Ramming work continues

  • As part of the Strandherd Drive Widening project, three sewers and a watermain will be installed under the railway using a tunneling type of installation, called pipe ramming. This work began in mid-October and will continue until late fall 2020.
  • Pipe ramming is a trenchless technique for installation of pipes or casings. In pipe ramming, a tool is used to hammer the pipe or the casing into the ground. The casing is then emptied, and the soil brought to the surface. The sewers and/or watermain are then pushed inside the casings. This technique is commonly used under highway and rail embankments.
  • The trenchless crossing installation is required to mitigate impacts to the VIA Rail schedule. The work will occur along the railway corridor, north and south of Strandherd Drive.
  • The work is on-going and will take approximately 15 days of pipe ramming over a period of approximately two months, on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The schedule has been planned to ensure continuous installation under the railway to minimize any potential of rail disturbance.
  • Pipe ramming is very loud and may be disruptive.

Traffic Management

To accommodate the above-mentioned work, the following traffic impacts will occur:

  • The detour road will open the night of November 19, 2020.
  • The traffic signals at the Strandherd Drive / Chapman Mills Drive / Fraser Fields Way intersection will be commissioned.
  • Intermittent lane reductions in both directions of Dealership Drive will tentatively start the week of November 23.
  • Motorists can expect off-peak lane reductions, as necessary, throughout the project corridor.
  • McKenna Casey Drive is now permanently closed from Strandherd Drive to southwest of the railway crossing; the closure is necessary now for the construction of the detour and the associated railway crossing and, ultimately to accommodate the new bridge over the railway on Strandherd Drive.

Permanent road closure (October 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 permanent road closure of McKenna Casey Drive.

What: McKenna Casey Drive will be permanently closed. The closure is necessary for the construction of the detour and the associated railway crossing and, ultimately to accommodate the new bridge over the railway on Strandherd Drive.

Why: The new infrastructure is required to support growth in the community. The closure is necessary now for the construction of the detour and the associated railway crossing and, ultimately to accommodate the new bridge over the railway on Strandherd Drive.

When: The permanent road closure is planned to begin on October 14, 2020.

Where: The road closure will be on McKenna Casey Drive between Strandherd Drive and the railway crossing.

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.

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