Beginning late April to Early May 2016, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to rehabilitate the roadway, sewer and watermain in your community.
Where: Columbus Avenue between Sharp Street and Lola Street.
What: Construction work will involve the rehabilitation of the sewer, watermain and roadway in your community. Additionally roadway narrowings at Columbus and Lola, and Columbus and Quill will be installed as traffic calming measures.
Why: The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction due to age and condition of the existing watermain and sewers. The extent of the underground work necessitates the full roadway reconstruction.
When: The installation of temporary water services will precede the main construction activities and is expected to commence late-April to early-May 2016. Main construction activities are expected to start mid-May 2016.
The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Although work is permitted on Saturdays between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., the contractor has advised the City that usual construction hours will be weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This will be modified as needed, for example if weather affects the schedule, or if conditions change. Please check the City website for updates to the Columbus Avenue project.
Who: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Normand Excavation Inc 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 accommodation, please contact the On-Site Inspector or the Contractor’s representative.
On-street parking and traffic
Throughout the limits of the project, the roadway will be closed to local traffic only. Localized road closures at the location of watermain and sewer excavations for mains and services can be expected throughout the project. 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 service
Bus Route #18 both north and southbound at Columbus and Quill is expected to be detoured to accommodate the construction at this intersection. The extent of work on the roadway precludes accommodating busses along this corridor while construction is occurring. Advanced notification will be provided at the location of the existing bus stops and a detour for the bus route will be provided.
Normand Excavation Inc. 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 road, sewer and watermain 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 the plants 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.
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 insurance agent 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.
Normand excavation Inc. 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.
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 on the City’s website (Ottawa.ca) 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.
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.
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.
There is a possibility that the City’s contractor would be willing to replace your private water service at the same time as they are replacing the water service up to your property line. 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 Normand Excavation 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 roadway reconstruction project, the sanitary sewer laterals will be replaced to the property line within the City’s right-of-way. Where identified by the City’s Environmental Services Protective Plumbing Program, certain laterals will 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.
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 and 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)). 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 call 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 will be 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.
To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:
Mathieu Beaussart – Project Manager
Normand Excavation Inc
Tel: (613) 632-4282
Phillip KleinSwormink– Contract Administrator
Cell: (613) 561-8234
City’s project manager:
Design and Construction Municipal East
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: (613) 580-2424, ext. 29843
Chuck Chard –Inspector
City of Ottawa
Cell: (613) 913-9483