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Renfrew Avenue, Imperial Avenue and Lyon Street

Project Status: 
Underway

Construction notice – February 2017

In Spring 2017, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to upgrade the combined sewer, watermain and road in your community.

Who: The Contractor, Normand Excavation, will be performing the construction work for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The purpose of this project is to replace/rehabilitate the aging underground infrastructure on Renfrew Avenue, Imperial Avenue and a small portion of Lyon Street.

What: The construction work on Renfrew Avenue and Imperial Avenue will renew infrastructure and will involve the reconstruction of the combined sewer and the watermain. House services will be reinstated up to the property line. Work will also include reconstruction of roads and sidewalks.

The project formerly included the rehabilitation of six existing maintenance hole structures on Lyon Street; however; existing maintenance holes were in better condition than anticipated so the project now includes the rehabilitation of only one existing maintenance hole structure on Lyon Street at the intersection with Renfrew Avenue.

When: This work is planned to begin in April of 2017. The majority of the underground work is expected to be completed by the end of November 2017 with the final lift asphalt in 2018

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7am and 10pm. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7am and 10pm while Sunday and Statutory holiday work is allowed between 9am and 10pm. The Contractor’s usual construction hours are weekdays from 7am to 7pm. This will be modified as needed (for example: if weather affects the construction schedule or if conditions change on site). Please check the City website for updates to the Renfrew Avenue, Imperial Avenue and Lyon Street, Sewer and Watermain Construction project.

Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts.

Where: Construction will take place on the following streets:

  • Renfrew Avenue (Bronson Avenue to the dead end east of Lyon Street)
  • Imperial Avenue (Chamberlain Avenue to Renfrew Avenue)
  • Lyon Street (Renfrew Avenue to Renfrew Avenue)

Accessibility

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 Contract Administrator or the City Project Manager identified below.

On-street parking and traffic

Full road closure for Renfrew Avenue (Bronson to Lyon), Imperial Avenue (Chamberlain to Renfrew) and Lyon Street (Renfrew to Renfrew) will be required, although access for local traffic will be maintained.  The Contractor is required to ensure that homeowners have access to their properties. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a temporary On Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be issued by the on-site Inspector to authorize on street parking within a few blocks of your residence.

The Contractor is required to provide cycling access on Percy Street for the duration of the project.  The full Road Closure on Lyon Street will be limited and must be re-opened to vehicular traffic as soon as work is completed.  The Closure of the intersections of Renfrew Avenue at Percy Street and Renfrew Avenue at Lyon Street to vehicular traffic is not permitted at the same time. Bronson Avenue will remain open to traffic throughout the project duration; however, periodic evening/night lane reductions northbound on Bronson Avenue may be required to accommodate construction.

Construction disruptions

Normand Excavation is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely completed. 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 sewer, watermain, and road construction 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 move them in preparation for the construction work.

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 usually not a problem.

Pre-construction survey

Normand Excavation is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until the construction project is entirely completed.

The Contractor is also 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.

Private water services

One element of the construction project will include the 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 property and part of the water service is located on your private property.  This construction 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.

City’s lead pipe replacement program

If you decide to replace your private water service because of 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 construction work. Under the Lead Pipe Replacement Program the City cannot replace the private water service until the construction 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. 

Lawn irrigation systems

If you own a subsurface lawn irrigation system, please notify the Contract Administrator or the City’s Project Manager identified below.

Fire supply interruption

In addition, 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 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 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 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.

Contact information

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

City’s project manager:
Matthew Strampel, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Design and Construction – Branch 1
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON  K2G 5J9
Tel: 613 580-2424, Ext. 21796

On-site inspector:
Kevin May
Construction Technician
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-862-3075

Contract administrator:
Darryl Smaglinskie, P. Eng.
Stantec Consulting Ltd
Tel: 613-724-4346

Contractor’s representative:
Peter Hughes
Superintendent
Normand Excavation
Tel: 613-306-2131

Key plan map showing projects limits.

Project update – September 2016

Update on anticipated construction start

The City of Ottawa will be undertaking an integrated road, sewer and watermain construction project in your neighbourhood. A Public Information Session for this project was previously held in February 2016.

Why: The purpose of this project is to replace/rehabilitate the aging underground infrastructure on Renfrew Avenue, Imperial Avenue and a small portion of Lyon Street.

What: The construction work on Renfrew Avenue and Imperial Avenue will renew infrastructure and will involve the reconstruction of the combined sewer and the watermain. House services will be reinstated up to the property line. Work will also include reconstruction of roads and sidewalks.

The project formerly included the rehabilitation of six existing maintenance hole structures on Lyon Street; however; existing maintenance holes were in better condition than anticipated so the project now includes the rehabilitation of only one existing maintenance hole structure on Lyon Street at the intersection with Renfrew Avenue.

When: Start of construction has been delayed due to the delays in obtaining the necessary approvals.

The project will be tendered for construction in the fall of 2016 with the start of construction occurring in the spring of 2017.

Final completion of construction is scheduled for late fall 2017 with the potential for final lift asphalt in 2018.

Where: Construction will take place on the following streets:

  • Renfrew Avenue (Bronson Avenue to the dead end east of Lyon Street)
  • Imperial Avenue (Chamberlain Avenue to Renfrew Avenue)
  • Lyon Street (Renfrew Avenue to Renfrew Avenue)

We thank you for your continued support and patience. If you have any questions please contact the City of Ottawa Senior Engineer listed below.

Matthew Strampel, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, x21796

Project Overview

January 2016

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the preliminary and detailed design for the renewal of the following streets:

  • Renfrew Avenue from Bronson Avenue to the dead end
  • Imperial Avenue from Renfrew Avenue to Chamberlain Street

Specifically, the works proposed include the rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Sidewalks, road structure and pavement
  • Watermains and sewers
  • Lateral services to the property line
  • Rehabilitation of six (6) maintenance holes on Lyon Street (between Chamberlain and Glebe)
  • Utility reconstruction as required

Estimated timelines

Design – Fall 2015 to Summer 2016

Construction start – Summer or Fall 2016

Construction substantial completion – Fall 2017

For more information

Matthew Strampel, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 21796

Public information session – February 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
6:30 to 8 pm
Glebe Community Centre
175 Third Avenue, Ottawa ON

Why: The purpose of this project is to replace/rehabilitate the aging underground infrastructure on Renfrew Avenue, Imperial Avenue and Lyon Street.

What: The construction work on Renfrew Ave. and Imperial Ave. will renew infrastructure and will involve the reconstruction of the combined sewer and the watermain. House services will be reinstated up to the property line. Work will also include reconstruction of roads and sidewalks.

The construction work on Lyon Street will involve rehabilitation of six existing maintenance hole structures.

When: Design work is currently underway. Construction is currently planned to begin in mid to late 2016 with final completion scheduled in 2017.

Where: Construction will take place on the following streets:

  • Renfrew Avenue (Bronson Avenue to the dead end)
  • Imperial Avenue (Chamberlain Avenue to Renfrew Avenue)
  • Lyon Street (Renfrew Avenue to Glebe Avenue)

If you would like additional information, please direct your comments to the City of Ottawa Senior Engineer or Stantec Assistant Project Manager listed below.

Matthew Strampel, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: (613) 580-2424, x21796

Darryl Smaglinskie, P.Eng.
Assistant Project Manager
Stantec
400 - 1331 Clyde Avenue
Ottawa ON K2C 3G4
Tel: (613) 724-4346

Introduction

The City of Ottawa has identified a requirement to replace/rehabilitate the aging underground infrastructure on Renfrew Ave. (Bronson Ave. to Dead End), Imperial Ave. (Chamberlain Ave. to Renfrew Ave.) and Lyon St. (Renfrew Ave. to Renfrew Ave).

Specifically, the work on Renfrew Ave. and Imperial Ave required
includes:

  • Replacement of combined sewers, watermain and services within the Right-of-way;
  • Construction of new curbs and sidewalk;
  • Reconstruction of the asphalt pavement;
  • Landscaping reinstatement.

Construction is currently planned to begin in mid to late 2016. The underground work, placement asphalt and reinstatement of landscaping are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Aerial photo of Renfrew Avenue and Imperial Avenue [ PDF - 2.9 MB ]

Preliminary plan and profile drawing of Imperial Avenue from Chamberlain Avenue to Renfrew Avenue [ PDF - 1.46 MB ]

Preliminary plan and profile drawing of Renfrew Avenue from Bronson Avenue to Percy Street [ PDF - 1.97 MB ]

Preliminary plan and profile drawing of Renfrew Avenue from Percy Street to Lyon Street [ PDF - 1.38 MB ]

Preliminary plan and profile drawing of Renfrew Avenue from Lyon Street to Dead End [ PDF - 790 KB ]

Preliminary landscape plan of the intersection of Renfrew Avenue and Imperial Avenue [ PDF - 2.88 MB ]

The next steps

The Project Team will review and evaluate comments from the public and agencies.

The Project Team will continue and finalize the preliminary design and proceed with the detail design.

The Contract is expected to be awarded in summer of 2016 and expected to be completed by the end of 2017.