In 2019, Infrastructure Services will deliver approximately $500 million in growth and renewal projects, including:
- $53 million to resurface and upgrade roads – approximately 150 kilometres of roads across the city
- $17 million to replace culverts
- $20 million to renew city bridges
- $3 million to renew sidewalks and pathways
- $19 million to renew sewage pumping stations
- $42 million to renew and maintain buildings and parks
- $57 million in total infrastructure growth projects
- $109 million for integrated road-water-sewer reconstruction projects
- $2.5 million for the accessibility program which provides for barrier removals to existing building and park assets
The City maintains nearly $42 billion in existing infrastructure, including:
- 6,000 kilometres of roads
- 650 bridges
- 2,700 kilometres of sidewalks/pathways
- 8,500 kilometres of watermains and sewers
- 5,800 culverts
- 1,000 buildings/facilities
- 80 kilometres of Transitway and dedicated lanes
- 636 playgrounds, 28 indoor/outdoor pools, 61 wading pools and 115 splash pads
There are approximately 500 active construction projects across the city including municipal roads, sewer and water, and buildings and parks projects.
- The City and external agencies meet regularly to plan, organize and assess all capital construction taking place to reduce the risk of unmanaged conflicts with respect to mobility, including vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and City services.
- The City takes every precaution to minimize interruptions to residents and businesses, including public involvement in the planning and implementation of projects.
To ensure quality of construction, the City:
- Continuously reviews design and construction standards, including peer comparisons with other municipalities in Canada
- Implements testing requirements in accordance with recognized construction specifications
- Spends approximately $450,000 annually on asphalt testing
- Implemented Vendor Performance Management as a mechanism to assess the vendor’s ability to meet project and contractual expectations
- Always looks for opportunities and strategies to improve quality of built infrastructure
Kindness is a two-way street
Everyone should be treated with the same level of respect, kindness and consideration, including residents and workers. From garbage pick-up to infrastructure repair to paramedics and fire crews responding to emergencies, the use of heavy equipment is essential to how the City of Ottawa delivers its core services. The "Kindness is a two-way street" campaign highlights the importance of proactive communication to improve safety for all road for all users while balancing the importance of delivering city services, such as filling potholes, snow plowing, active construction, emergency vehicles and more.
The campaign will reinforce that mutual respect and kindness is a shared responsibility and key to safety. This means avoiding distractions, planning ahead and slowing down even when rushed.
Keep an eye out for various communications in 2019, including feature stories, social media posts, events and more.
The City of Ottawa has been working diligently to publish current and forecasted construction projects on ottawa.ca.
This new initiative, officially being launched today, will allow members of the public to search areas of interest on maps for planned infrastructure projects.