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O-Train East Extension Construction Activities

OR 174 Major Mobility Impacts

In 2021, the Stage 2 LRT team will undertake significant construction activities on the O-Train East extension in preparation for future tracks and stations in the centre median of Ottawa Road 174.

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OR174 Median at Champlain Street: Rock Breaking Activities

May 28, 2021

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, construction crews and equipment will be breaking rock in the centre median of OR174 at Champlain Street.

WHAT:

Excavation of the LRT guideway and future Place d’Orléans LRT Station foundation requires rock to be broken up.

WHY:

Rock must be broken up and removed in order to allow construction of the station to begin this summer.

WHERE:

OR174 median at Champlain Street

WHEN:

Work beginning immediately and lasting up to two weeks.

HOURS:

Work is expected to proceed through the work week and weekend, both day and nighttime hours.

ANTICIPATED IMPACTS

Residents nearby can expect to hear noise and vibration from crews and rock breaking equipment and machinery. Noise and vibrations are continuously monitored and reported to the City to ensure they are within limits established for the Project.

Site lighting for overnight work will be required.

The safety of the public and the workers is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.

Reminder: The construction work outlined in this notice is subject to change. Work may be delayed or extended due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

CONTACT US

Any changes to the duration or impact of this work will be only be communicated via the Stage 2 project newsletter. To receive these newsletter updates, please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2Connect. Be sure to select updates for “Place d’Orléans Station”. For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:

Dianna Ashworth

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program

City of Ottawa

dianna.ashworth1@ottawa.ca

Montreal Road Notice of Lane Closures

Date posted: April 1, 2021

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, crews and equipment continue to build a new bridge within the median of the OR174 Interchange, across Montreal Road for the LRT guideway (dedicated transit lane) and tracks. Bridge construction activities include the completion of columns, abutments, and pier caps. To facilitate this work, lane closures are required to create a safe work zone, along with proper site fencing and barriers.

WHAT: Commuters will experience traffic impacts on Montreal Road as vehicular lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction. In addition, to accommodate this work, only one left turning lane onto Montreal Road from the OR174 eastbound off-ramp will exist. All other on and off ramp movements will remain available. Pedestrians and cyclists can continue to use the multi-use pathway (MUP) on the south side of Montreal Road.

WHEN: As early as April 8, 2021 until approximately mid-July 2021.

WHY: A new bridge is required to create enough space for the LRT guideway and the future Montréal LRT Station.

WHERE: East and west bound lanes of Montreal Road.

HOURS: Work is scheduled to occur day and night, 7:00 am to 4:30 am, Monday to Friday.

Montreal Road construction area and traffic plan
Montreal Road construction area and traffic plan.

ANTICIPATED IMPACTS

Motorists should adhere to detours, traffic control signage, posted speed limits, and use extra caution as traffic patterns change. Motorists should use caution and allow for added travel time when moving through active construction corridors.

The south side MUP along Montreal Road will remain accessible while the north side will be closed. Signage will be visible. Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution when localized detours are in place.

Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment is expected. Site lighting for overnight work will be required.

The safety of the public and the workers is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.

CONTACT US

Any changes to the duration or impact of this work will be only be communicated via the Stage 2 project newsletter.

To receive these newsletter updates, please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2Connect. Be sure to select updates for “Montréal Station”.

For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:

Dianna Ashworth

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program

City of Ottawa

dianna.ashworth1@ottawa.ca

O-Train East Extension: Construction Activities and Community Impacts

March to June 2021

The O-Train East Extension is one of the three major extensions to Ottawa’s light rail transit system. The extension will add over 12 km of new rail and 5 new stations (Montreal, Jeanne d’Arc, Convent Glen, Place d’Orléans, and Trim) between Blair Road and Trim Road. The LRT will travel predominantly within the median of Highway 174.In 2021, heavy construction will take place throughout the east alignment as crews build rail, pedestrian and road bridges, new highway lanes, the rail guideway (dedicated rail line) and begin station construction. While it is exciting to see progress on the LRT project, some of these activities may cause disruptions for area residents, including intermittent night work, traffic detours, site lighting or additional construction vehicles in the area. This notice provides an overview of upcoming activities along the O-Train East LRT project alignment, as well as the expected community impacts including hours of work, noise from crews and equipment, pedestrian, and vehicle mobility, etc.

Stage 2 LRT map

MAJOR WORKS 

Blair Station to 174 Median Rail Bridge

Work continues to progress on the Blair Station to 174 Median Rail Bridge, 800 metres east of the OR174 Blair Road Interchange. In April, girders (horizontal supports for the bridge) will be laid on top of the columns, followed by the installation of decking. The Blair Station to 174 Median Rail Bridge structure will be completed in the Summer 2021, with track work to follow.

Aerial view of Blair Station to 174 Median Rail Bridge

Blair Road to Montreal Road

Last year, new eastbound and westbound highway traffic lanes were constructed on the south side of the 174, between Blair Road and Montreal Road to create space for the LRT guideway. Crews and equipment in the area, are now removing the asphalt and concrete from the old highway in the median. This work is occurring daytime and overnight until September.

Montréal Station

In January, crews and equipment began building a new bridge within the median of OR174 across Montreal Road, at the Highway 174 Interchange. This new bridge is required to create enough space for the LRT guideway and the new Montréal Station. Through March, construction activities for the bridge include excavation and drilling caissons – part of the bridge foundations. From March through June, activities will include the completion of the bridge’s columns, abutments, and pier caps. This will require lane reductions along Montreal Road.

This image is an artistic representation of the Montreal Station design. The final product may not be exactly as shown.

Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard

In November 2020, crews and equipment began work to modify the access to Jeanne d’Arc on-ramps at OR174. This is required to create safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists on the Jeanne d’Arc bridge. While this work continues, there will also be on-going electrical and utility work required prior to the construction of the new Jeanne d’Arc LRT station, beginning in May 2021. In addition, work on the guideway including the installation of drainage in the median between Sir George Etienne Parkway to Orléans Boulevard Overpass began in February. This work will continue throughout the year.

Orléans Boulevard

Work continues at Orléans Boulevard, north and south of the 174, to relocate utilities, including a watermain, storm and sanitary sewer and gas line. On the west side of Orléans Boulevard, a culvert to improve drainage will be installed. This work will continue through June 2021.

Highway 174 Construction Zone

Place d’Orléans

Beginning in April, significant construction activities will begin near Place d’Orléans with rock excavation. Hoe-ramming will be required to break up the bedrock. Excavation is also required to realign the 174 north and south of the existing highway to move traffic to make room for the work to build the guideway and the Place d’Orléans Station. There will be further rock excavation required for the guideway and station. The rock breaking and excavation work will continue through July 2021. Utilities work, such as drainage installation, willcontinue through the Spring this year.

Place d'Orléans construction zone

Trim

A new watermain and sewer line is being installed to service the future Trim LRT Station and busfacility. At the same time, construction of a new eastbound off-ramp, and a future realignment of TrimRoad will begin with topsoil removal, embankment, and granular placement. A road closure at Dairy Drive, from the traffic circle of Trim Road, to the Agropur Cooperative began in February. The Agropur Cooperative will remain accessible via Old Montreal Road (east of Trim Road). Closure of South Frontage, between the OC Transpo Park and Ride / Trim Station and Dairy Drive will continue until July 2021. The OC Transpo Park and Ride and Trim Station access to southbound Trim Road will be maintained via the construction of a detour route. These activities are required to create a cul de sac which will facilitate the work for the future site of Trim Station.

Trim work zone

 COMMUNITY IMPACTS

Typically, most work is scheduled to occur from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. There will be requirements for overnight work across the entire corridor, and some intermittent weekend work, throughout the year.

Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment is expected.

Site lighting for overnight work will be required.

All pedestrian, cycling, bus, and vehicular movements will generally be maintained during construction apart from highway ramp closures. Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution when localized detours are in place.

Motorists should adhere to detours, traffic control signage, posted speed limits, and use extra caution as traffic patterns change. Motorists should use caution and allow for added travel time when moving through active construction corridors.

CONTACT US

This notice provides an overview of activities expected to occur until June 2021. Specific timing of activities, including road closures or detours, overnight activities or other major works, will be communicated in advance via the Stage 2 project e-newsletter.  

For questions, please contact:

Dianna Ashworth

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program

City of Ottawa

dianna.ashworth1@ottawa.ca

Place d’Orléans MUP and Bus Lane Closure

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, construction crews and equipment will begin to install wet utilities (watermain, sanitary and storm sewer lines) at Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre. These utilities will serve the future Place d’Orléans LRT Station.

Since the site of the construction zone will be in the Centre’s parking lot, this work will result in the closure of a multi-use pathway (MUP) and a bus lane south of the bus station. The lane closure will also result into a bus loop detour.

A temporary pedestrian pathway will be created around the construction zone to access the shopping centre. Signage will be visible. Access to the shopping centre will be maintained during regular business hours.

WHAT Excavation of asphalt and concrete, and installation of wet utilities
WHY This is required before beginning work on the construction of the future Place d’Orléans LRT Station.
WHERE Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre
WHEN As early as March 16, 2021 until end of April 2021
HOURS Daytime hours 7 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday

Visual representation of construction zone

ANTICIPATED IMPACTS

Typically, most work is scheduled to occur from 7 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. There could be requirements for overnight work, and some intermittent weekend work. Site lighting for overnight work will be required.

Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment is expected.

Temporary concrete barriers and fencing will be in place to create a safe work zone, away from pedestrians and road users. Spotters will be onsite to direct trucks crossing work zones.

The entrance and exit access to the underground parking lot at night will be closed, 6:30 pm to 10:30 am, Monday to Saturday, and 5 pm to 11 am on Sunday.

The safety of workers and the public is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.

CONTACT US

Any changes to the duration or impact of this work will be only be communicated via the Stage 2 project newsletter. To receive these newsletter updates, please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2Connect. Be sure to select updates for “Place d’Orléans Station”. For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:

Dianna Ashworth

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program

City of Ottawa

dianna.ashworth1@ottawa.ca         

Trim Road Notice of Road Closure at Dairy Drive

Date posted: April 1, 2021

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, crews and equipment continue work around the existing Trim Road Park and Ride area to allow for the realignment and construction of the new Trim Road.

WHAT: Closure of Dairy Drive, from a point east of Trim Road, to install a new sidewalk on the north side, to pave a multi-use pathway (MUP) on the south side and to build a cul-de-sac, all on Dairy Drive.

WHERE: Dairy Drive, east of Trim Road.

WHEN: As early as April 9, 2021 to approximately May 7, 2021.

Dairy Drive Road Closure
Dairy Drive Road Closure

ANTICIPATED IMPACTS

Motorists should adhere to detours, traffic control signage, posted speed limits, and use extra caution as traffic patterns change. Motorists should use caution and allow for added travel time when moving through active construction corridors.

Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution when localized detours are in place.

Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment is expected.

The safety of the public and the workers is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.

CONTACT US

Any changes to the duration or impact of this work will be only be communicated via the Stage 2 project newsletter.

To receive these newsletter updates, please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2Connect. Be sure to select updates for “Trim Station”.

For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:

Dianna Ashworth

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program

City of Ottawa

dianna.ashworth1@ottawa.ca