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.
Beginning in early July, the City of Ottawa will start construction for the replacement of underground sewers and watermains, and a full road reconstruction in your neighbourhood.
What: The work involves replacement of underground sewers and watermains, and full road reconstruction. It also includes the installation of new sidewalks on the following streets:
- The south side of Wallford Way, from Higwood Drive to Farlane Boulevard
- The north side of Farlane Boulevard, from Wallford Way to Hilliard Avenue
- The west side of Farlane Boulevard, from Wallford Way to Eleanor Drive
- The north side of Hilliard Avenue, from Farlane Boulevard to approximately 250 metres east of Millbrook Crescent
- The east side of Millbrook Crescent, from Hilliard Avenue to Deer Park Road
- The north side of Deer Park Road, from Millbrook Crescent to Fisher Avenue
Why: This work is required to renew the aging infrastructure and to improve reliability.
When: Construction on Deer Park Road, Millbrook Crescent and Hilliard Avenue (east of Millbrook Crescent) is expected to begin in July 2020 with final paving and landscaping expected to be completed in spring/summer 2021. Construction on Wallford Way, Farlane Boulevard and the remainder of Hilliard Avenue is expected to begin in the spring of 2021 with final paving and landscaping expected to be completed in 2022.
- Wallford Way, from Higwood Drive to Farlane Boulevard
- Farlane Boulevard, from Wallford Way to Hilliard Avenue
- Hilliard Avenue, from Farlane Boulevard to approximately 250 m east of Millbrook Crescent
- Millbrook Crescent, from Hilliard Avenue to Deer Park Road
- Deer Park Road, from Millbrook Crescent to Fisher Avenue
Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Taggart Construction Limited, to complete the work.
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.
In order to accommodate the proposed construction, Wallford Way, Farlane Boulevard, Hilliard Avenue and Millbrook Crescent will be closed to all but local traffic while construction is taking place. At the onset of construction in 2020, Deer Park Road between Fisher Avenue and Forest Park Avenue will be closed to all traffic, including local traffic, while the sewer and watermain construction in this area is completed. This road closure is expected to last approximately two (2) weeks. During this period, it will not be possible to maintain access to driveways within the limits of the closure. Affected residents will be contacted in advance by the project team and given a temporary On-Street Parking Permit that will allow on-street parking on nearby adjacent streets. After the closure, Deer Park Road will be reduced to one eastbound lane with local access only between Fisher Avenue and Millbrook Crescent for the remainder of the 2020 construction season.
Residents can expect construction traffic and activity on Deer Park Road, Millbrook Crescent and Hilliard Avenue (east of Millbrook Crescent) throughout the 2020 construction season and a portion of the 2021 construction season. Residents can expect construction traffic and activity on Wallford Way, Farlane Boulevard and Hilliard Avenue (west of Millbrook Crescent) throughout the 2021 construction season and a portion of the 2022 construction season.
Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained throughout the construction period.
On-Street Parking and Local Access
As the various road reconstruction activities are in progress, on-street parking will be restricted. Local access will be maintained to residents, schools and emergency vehicles.
Periodically, vehicular access to your property may be unavailable. The Contractor is required to ensure that homeowners have access to their property. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted for a short period due to construction activities, you will be contacted in advance by the project team and given a temporary On-Street Parking Permit that will allow on-street parking within two blocks of your residence when these disruptions occur.
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 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 move the plants in preparation for the construction work.
Lawn Irrigation Systems
If you own a subsurface lawn irrigation system, please notify the City Project Manager identified below.
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 work, such as traffic delays, 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).
The Contractor is required to carry out an exterior pre-construction inspection of homes in the work area, if the homeowner is in agreement. The purpose of pre-construction survey is to document current building and landscape conditions before construction commences. A representative from the contractor will be contacting you about these inspections.
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.
As part of this Contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the Contractor and to the City on-site Representative. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.
Temporary Water Services
During the replacement of the watermain, water will be supplied to buildings by temporary water lines. While your property is on this temporary service, your water usage will be estimated as the temporary service is not metered. Your water bill will be based on the past average water usage for your address. If you have any questions regarding your water bill, please contact Revenue at 613-580-2444 or by email at WS-Billing@ottawa.ca.
Municipal fire suppression will continue during the construction period. Please note that private fire suppression systems may be impacted due to temporary water lines. If you have a private fire suppression system, it is recommended that you 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 ext. 15372 (West).
We apologize in advance for any disruptions in water service during construction. Any problems with the temporary water services can be directed to the City on-site representative or call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 in the evenings or weekends.
Private Water Services
If your house/building was built prior to 1955, there is a possibility that your private water service may have been constructed using lead pipe (modern pipes are copper or HDPE). For those homes with a lead water pipe supplying water to the water meter, there is information regarding the City’s Lead Pipe Replacement Program available on the City’s website, Ottawa.ca/leadpipes, or call 3-1-1.
For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.
City Project Manager
Kevin Gibbs, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424 x 16633
City On-Site Representative
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited,
Jason Bettez, P.Eng.
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited.
Taggart Construction Limited
Maurice Pilon, Site Superintendent
Nick Gianetto, P.Eng., Project Manager