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Sandridge Road watermain replacement

Project Status: 
Underway

Recommencement of construction - May 2017

In mid-May 2017, the City of Ottawa will resume construction work in your neighbourhood to complete the watermain replacement project that was initiated in Fall 2016.

Where: Sandridge Road from Merriman Avenue to St. Laurent Boulevard

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

Why: The City of Ottawa is proceeding with construction to complete the work initiated in Fall 2016. The work last year was initiated due to age and condition of the existing watermain.

What: Work will involve removing and replacing the curb on the south side of Sandridge Road. The top layer of asphalt will be milled across the full width of the road and repaved to rehabilitate the roadway surface. Two speed humps will be added during the roadway resurfacing at the locations indicated in the attached figure. Finally, driveways and landscaping that was disturbed during construction will be restored to tie-in to the new construction.

Proposed speed humps on Sandridge Road [ PDF - 187 KB ]

When: The final stage of construction is expected to commence on May 15, 2017 and be complete by June 15, 2017.

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. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am and 10 pm while Sunday and statutory holiday work is allowed between 9 am and 10 pm. The hours of work for this project will typically be Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. However, due to traffic restrictions, some work may be required to occur on weekends or overnight.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important priority for the City of Ottawa. Temporary hard surfaces will be signed and provided to allow access through and around the construction site. Should you require specific accommodations, please contact the undersigned.

Traffic

During the Contractor’s working hours, Sandridge Road will be reduced to one alternating lane. Outside of working hours, two lanes will be maintained. A full road closure is not anticipated.

Parking

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. Vehiclesparked 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 temporarily 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.

Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties

Construction activities will occur within the City’s right-of-way but may result in some disruption to adjacent properties; driveways, walkways, lawns and/or gardens may be disturbed. In preparation for construction, the City recommends you remove any assets (i.e. temporary signage, parked vehicles, lawn furniture, special plantings, etc.) from the right-of-way. The disturbed areas will be reinstated within reason towards the end of construction at no cost to you.

Lawn irrigation systems

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

Contact information

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

City’s project manager:
Houssam Alchawa, P.Eng
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 25692
Fax: 613-560-6064

On-site inspector:
Chris Craig
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Cell: 613-298-0265

Weekend construction notice – October 2016

As you are aware, construction is underway for the replacement of the watermain on Sandridge Road. This notice is an update that work will be proceeding on Saturdays, starting October 15, 2016.

Where: Sandridge Road from Merriman Avenue to St. Laurent Boulevard.

Who: The Contractor, Ottawa Greenbelt Construction, is performing the construction work for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The City of Ottawa is proceeding with construction due to age and condition of the existing watermain.

What: The work involves the rehabilitation of the watermain and roadway on Sandridge Road. A trench is being excavated in the north side of the roadway where the new watermain is being constructed. Trenches from the main will be excavated across the road to install a water service to each property. In spring of 2017, the curb on the south side will be replaced. The top layer of asphalt will be milled across the full width of the road and repaved to rehabilitate the roadway surface. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.

When: The first stage of work began at the end of September 2016. Construction work is anticipated to stop in early November when the watermain work is complete and the road has been paved with a first layer of asphalt.

The second stage of construction will occur in 2017 and will include the final layer of asphalt paving, concrete curb work, and final landscaping.

In addition to working weekdays, Greenbelt will be working Saturdays starting Saturday, October 15.

Contact information

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

City’s project manager:
Houssam Alchawa, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 25692
Fax: 613-560-6064

On-site inspector:
Chris Craig
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Cell: 613-298-0265

Construction notice – August 2016

In early September, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being conducted to rehabilitate the watermain, road surface, and concrete curb on Sandridge Road.

Where: Sandridge Road from Merriman Avenue to St. Laurent Boulevard

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

Why: The City of Ottawa is proceeding with construction due to age and condition of the existing watermain.

What: Work will involve the rehabilitation of the watermain and roadway on Sandridge Road. A trench will be cut in the north side of the roadway where the new watermain will be constructed. Trenches from the main will be cut across the road to install a water service to each property. At the end of the project, the curb on the south side will be replaced. The top layer of asphalt will be milled across the full width of the road and repaved to rehabilitate the roadway surface. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.

When: The first stage of work is tentatively planned to begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Construction work will stop late this fall once the watermain work is complete and the road has been paved with a first layer of asphalt.

The second stage of construction will occur in 2017 and will include the final layer of asphalt paving, concrete curb work, and final landscaping.

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am. and 10 pm while Sunday and statutory holiday work is allowed between 9 am and 10 pm. The hours of work for this project will typically be Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. However, due to traffic restrictions, some work may be required to occur on weekends or overnight. Please consult Ottawa.ca/sandridge-road-watermain-replacement for updates.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important priority for the City of Ottawa. Temporary hard surfaces will be signed and provided to allow access through and around the construction site. Should you require specific accommodations, please contact the undersigned.

Traffic

During the Contractor’s working hours, Sandridge Road will be reduced to one alternating lane. Outside of working hours, two lanes will be maintained. A full road closure is not anticipated.

Parking

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 temporarily 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.

Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties

Construction activities will occur within the City’s right-of-way but may result in some disruption to adjacent properties; driveways, walkways, lawns and/or gardens may be disturbed. In preparation for construction, the City recommends you remove any assets (i.e. temporary signage, parked vehicles, lawn furniture, special plantings, etc.) from the right-of-way. The disturbed areas will be reinstated within reason towards the end of construction at no cost to you.

You may feel vibrations at your home, institution or business due to the use of the heavy equipment needed to complete this work.  The vibrations are not expected to be of a level that would impact private properties. As a precaution however, the Contractor will hire a specialist to conduct pre-construction surveys to assure property owners that any damage to private property will be recorded and addressed.

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 property and part of the water service is located on your private property.  This reconstruction project will replace the 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 and connect it to your private water service.  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 existing lead pipe or simply as preventive maintenance due to the pipe’s age, there are two options available. In both 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 hire your own contractor to replace the water pipes on your private property.  The only constraint is that you may not carry out your work while the City is working on the street.  Concurrent work on your adjacent property 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 for which the City carries out the replacement on behalf of the property owner; however, this program is not undertaken as part of 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.

Lawn irrigation systems

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

Fire supply interruption

In addition, during construction, water will be supplied to homes and buildings by temporary water lines. Municipal fire response 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.

Contact information

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

City’s project manager:
Houssam Alchawa, P.Eng
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 25692
Fax: 613-560-6064

On-site inspector:
Chris Craig
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Cell: 613-298-0265

Project overview

May 2016

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design of the replacement of the watermain on Sandridge Rd between Merriman Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard.

Specifically, the works proposed include the replacement/construction of:

  • Watermain including services to the property lines.
  • Hydrants including the addition of a new hydrant at the east end of Sandridge Rd to comply with latest hydrant spacing guidelines.
  • Asphalt pavement and the curb on the south side.

Estimated timelines

Design –  Winter to Summer 2016
Construction – anticipated to take approximately 2 months in Fall 2016

For more information

Houssam Alchawa, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Design & Construction – Branch 1
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor West,
Ottawa, ON   K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 Ext. 25692

Public information session – 13 June 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016
6 to 8 pm
Manor Park Community Centre
100 Thornwood Road, Ottawa, ON

Design plan [ PDF - 2.85 MB ]

Welcome

The City of Ottawa has initiated the design process of the replacement of the watermain on Sandridge Road between Merriman Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard. This work has been initiated due to a high number of water main breaks on the existing 1950’s watermain.

Design commenced in the winter of 2016 and is now being finalized, with construction to commence this fall.

The purpose of this Public Information Session is to present the design and inform residents of the upcoming construction activities.

Proposed schedule

Tender period: Summer 2016

Construction commence: September 2016

Construction completion: November 2016

Project overview

The proposed works include:

  • Reconstruction of the watermain along Sandridge Road between Merriman Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard.
  • Replacing existing hydrants and adding a new hydrant at the east end of Sandridge Road to comply with latest hydrant spacing guidelines.
  • Replacing water services to the property line.
  • Replacing existing curb on the south side of Sandridge Road from Merriman Avenue to St. Laurent Boulevard.
  • Rehabilitation of the roadway surface on Sandridge Road from Merriman Avenue to St. Laurent Boulevard.

Construction

Traffic and transit service will be maintained throughout the construction period.

The Contractor will be required to stage its operations to maintain access to private property during construction. Short term access restrictions will be required for the construction of the new curb and for the placement of the new asphalt road surface.

Homes will be provided with temporary water service connections while the watermain is being replaced

All landscaping will be reinstated and driveways and walkways disturbed during construction will be restored.

Please let the project team know if you have any special needs or assistance requirements that may be affected by the construction so that we can accommodate them.

Thank you!

Comments will be accepted until Friday, June 24, 2016.

All information/comments received will be maintained on file for use during the design and may be included in design documentation. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Houssam Alchawa, P.Eng.
Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel.: (613) 580-2424, ext. 25692
Fax: (613) 560-6064

Pat Leblanc, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Robinson Consultants
350 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, ON K2V 1A8
Tel:  (613) 592-6060, ext. 144
Fax: (613) 692-5995