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Columbus Avenue - Sharp Street to Lola Street

Project Status: 

Paving and landscaping work in 2017

The road, sewer and watermain construction on Columbus Avenue from Sharp Street to Lola Street, will re-start in early, to mid May 2017. The remaining work is primarily limited to top lift asphalt and reinstatement of landscaping in the right-of-way and on adjacent private property. Construction is anticipated to be finished by late June 2017, with landscape maintenance activities, being conducted within the warranty period.

Please be advised that the maintenance of sod, once placed is limited to 60 days by the contractor, after which maintenance and watering reverts to the property owner. A notice indicating the timeline for this change in responsibilities will be provided at the time of sod placement.

Sharp Street to Quill Street

Work on Columbus Avenue from Sharp Street to Quill Street has largely been completed, however; there are noted deficiencies that still need to be corrected in this section. If you feel that there are issues that need to be addressed, please feel free to identify them to the on-site inspector once construction resumes.

Quill Street to Lola Street

Work on the section of Columbus Avenue from Quill Street to Lola Street is largely incomplete, and will be the main focus of work for Spring 2017. Rough grading, topsoil placement, sod installation, and walkway / driveway reinstatement will commence as soon as conditions permit typically around mid May. Top lift asphalt placement will occur after the bulk of landscaping has been completed.

Parking restrictions will be in effect once construction resumes and temporary parking passes will again be available from the on-site inspector.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

Contractor’s representative:
Francis Bertrand – Project Manager
Normand Excavation Inc
Tel: 613-632-4282                                                             

Contract administrator:
Phillip KleinSwormink– Contract Administrator
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers
Cell: 613-229-7030

City’s project manager:
Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Design and Construction Branch 1
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 29843

On-site inspector:
Chuck Chard –Inspector
City of Ottawa
Cell: 613-913-9483

Construction notice - April 2016

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.

Construction disruptions

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.

Pre-construction survey

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 ( 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. 

Option 1

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.

Option 2

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. 

Option 3

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

Contact information

To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

Contractor’s representative:
Mathieu Beaussart – Project Manager
Normand Excavation Inc
Tel: (613) 632-4282

Contract administrator:
Phillip KleinSwormink– Contract Administrator
McIntosh Perry
Cell: (613) 561-8234

City’s project manager:
Patrick Sammon
Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal East
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: (613) 580-2424, ext. 29843

On-site inspector:
Chuck Chard –Inspector
City of Ottawa
Cell: (613) 913-9483


Project Description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the Preliminary and Detailed Design for the renewal of Columbus Avenue from Sharp Street to Lola Street. The existing watermain, sanitary sewer and road infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of upgrading to provide the required level of service to your neighbourhood. The City has identified the need for reconstruction of the following works:

  • Watermain replacement – Columbus Avenue - Sharp Street to Lola Street
  • Sanitary Sewer Replacement – Columbus Ave - Sharp St. to Quill St. and Vera St. to Lola St. Upsizing of the sanitary sewer is required to increase capacity and reduce flooding.
  • Water service replacement from the watermain to the property line
  • Storm sewer lateral replacement from the sewer main to the property line
  • Storm sewer lateral replacement from the sewer main to the property line
  • Road structure and pavement upgrading, including curbs.

Project Timing

Preliminary and Detailed Design: Late Spring - Early-Summer2015
Design assignment Completion: Late-Winter 2016
Construction Start: Spring 2016
Construction Completion: Fall 2017


Design: $250,000

Construction: $ 4.0M (estimate)

Public Involvement

A public information session is expected to be held mid to late-fall of 2015, to present the preliminary design drawings to the public. At this time attendees will be able to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager:

Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
Sr. Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction - Branch 1
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West
Ottawa ON  K2G 6J8
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 29843

Public information session – November 24, 2015

Preliminary design

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Drop in between 6 to 8 pm
Overbrook Community Center
33 Quill Street, Ottawa

This project is an integrated road reconstruction project on Columbus Avenue from Sharp Street to Lola Street. The current Design and Construction budget estimate for this project is approximately $4M and consists of the following work components:


  • The existing 152mm diameter cast iron watermain (1951) will be replaced with a 203mm diameter PVC watermain from Sharp to Lola. 
  • All water services will be replaced from the watermain in the road to the property line. Any lead services identified on the private portion of the water service will be identified to homeowners, who may wish to pursue replacement of the lead service. Replacement of the private portion of water service is the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • Hydrant spacing for this area will be upgraded as required to meet current fire protection standards for hydrant placement.
  • During construction, temporary water services will be established to facilitate the work.

Sanitary sewer

  • The existing 225mm concrete sanitary sewer (1951) will be replaced with a 250mm diameter PVC sewer pipe from Sharp to Vera and Quill to Lola.  This replacement is necessitated due to capacity and condition concerns
  • All sanitary laterals will be replaced from the sewer main to the property line.

Storm sewer

  • Storm sewers constructed in 1973 are in good condition and are not identified for replacement.
  • Storm sewer laterals will be replaced from the storm sewer main to the property line.
  • All storm catchbasins and laterals will be replaced as part of the work.
  • An extraneous flow investigation will be conducted on properties within the construction limits that have been identified as possible candidates for redirection of stormwater to the storm sewer from the sanitary sewer. An assessment on the suitability of these properties for redirection of flows is ongoing and those homeowners will be contacted directly on the status.


  • Due to the extent of the underground works a full road re-construction will be conducted within the project limits.
  • A curb extension on Columbus at the Lola intersection will be constructed as a traffic calming measure per the request of the City’s Planning and Growth Management Department.

Construction sequence and schedule

The preliminary design stage of this project is completed and the project is scheduled to be tendered early in 2016. Construction is anticipated to start in early spring 2016 as soon as the frost is out of the ground, historically around mid May. Some activity may occur in advance of construction including utility locates, CCTV of the sewers, and pre-construction inspections of private dwellings. Some phasing of the construction by the Contractor may be required but the anticipated progression of work is as follows:

  • Temporary overland water will be installed to distribute water to all the residences in advance of the watermain and water services being replaced. There may be a short period (1-4 hours) where the water supply will be shut off to facilitate the switch to temp water service, but residents will be notified in advance.
  • The watermain will then be installed within the roadway followed by the Sanitary Sewer.
  • Service trenches to each house will then be excavated to replace water services, as well as sanitary and storm laterals.
  • Once all the underground work is complete, new catch basins will be installed and the road surface will be excavated to a depth of approximately 650mm and backfilled with new granular stone as a road base.
  • Curbs will be constructed on both sides of the street for the full length of the project.
  • The newly placed granular stone will be graded and compacted. Shortly afterwards, the first lift of asphalt will be laid.
  • The bulk of the landscaping restoration usually occurs while the roadway is in base coarse asphalt as the landscaping equipment can damage the asphalt surface. Driveways, walkways and front yard landscaping that was disturbed due to construction will be restored.
  • Before placing the second lift of asphalt, all the iron works (manhole covers and catch basins) will be adjusted to the finish grade.
  • Once the iron work is adjusted the second lift of asphalt is laid and compacted.
  • There may be some minor touch-ups or minor landscaping activities that carry over to the spring of 2017, but the project is anticipated to be substantially performed by the end of the 2016 construction season.

The above is an anticipated sequence of work and schedule. Once the City appoints a Contractor, we will have a more accurate sequence of construction operations and timing of the work.


Patrick Sammon, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa - Project Manager
100 Constellation Crescent
6th Floor, Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 29843

Paul Sauve, P. Eng
R. V Anderson Associates Ltd – PM
1750, Courtwood Cresc.
Suite 220, Ottawa, ON. K2C 2B5
Tel: 613-226-1284

Project commencement – June 2015

Preliminary design & detailed design

Beginning in June, the City of Ottawa will commence design work for the rehabilitation of Columbus Avenue, from Sharp Street to Lola Street.  This work is being conducted to improve watermains, sanitary sewers and roadway infrastructure in your community.

Who: Design consulting firm, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited, has been retained by the City of Ottawa to develop Preliminary and Detailed designs for a construction contract that is currently scheduled to begin construction in 2016.

Why: Due to the age and condition of existing sewers and watermains, the City of Ottawa will undertake the preliminary and detailed design and construction to upgrade the underground and surface infrastructure on Columbus Avenue, from Sharp Street to Lola Street. Watermains and sanitary sewers originally installed in the 1950s are in need of upgrading to maintain the level of service required to service your community.

What: Work will involve the design of watermains, sanitary sewers, full road / curb, and landscaping work. The design will detail the installation of new water services, sanitary laterals, and storm sewer laterals from the sewer / watermains to the property line. Some properties have been identified for extraneous flow investigations to try to redirect storm water from the sanitary sewer to the storm sewer. Those homes which have been identified as possible candidates for extraneous flow removal will be contacted separately.

When: Design work will begin later this year and will be completed in early 2016. Construction is currently expected to begin in mid-May of 2016 and run through the fall of 2017. Typically construction will occur between late spring through to late fall, with a winter shut down period. This schedule will be confirmed through the detailed design process.

Where: Columbus Avenue – Sharp Street to Lola Street.

Environmental assessment / public involvement

The project is pre-approved under Ontario’s Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) guidelines for reconstruction of existing facilities to provide operational, maintenance or other improvements

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.  For general project information, please check the City website for updates to the construction on Columbus Avenue.

For further information about this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

City’s project manager:
Patrick Sammon, P. Eng
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
100 Constellation Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Email: Patrick.Sammon@ottawa,ca
Tel : (613) 580-2424 Ext. 29843

Design consultant representative:
Paul Sauve
R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd.
1750 Courtwood Crescent Suite 220
Ottawa ON K2C 2B5
Tel.: 613-226-1284 X223