Upcoming closure/re-routing of Rideau River pathway

The City of Ottawa is anticipating the closure/re-routing of the Rideau River multi-use pathway due to construction. The west side pathway is expected to be closed as of August 11 for approximately 4-6 weeks. The east side pathway is expected to close in early September for approximately 4-6 weeks. Detour signs will be posted.

Traffic survey

CFL football has returned to Ottawa! The excitement of major events happening just across the canal from Old Ottawa East has been tempered by concerns that fans may use our community for parking spots. The City of Ottawa and OOECA would like to know if you have been affected by increased local traffic or by illegal parking during this past weekend. The city has posted a survey form on its website that you can use to record your concerns, or compliments.

Reconstruction of Brantwood Gates

Ottawa City Council has approved an application under the Ontario Heritage Act to permit the dismantling, moving and reconstruction of the Brantwood Gates (located at Beckwith and Main). Click here and here to view design plans, and see the committee report with background information about the gates.

LRT duct work on Marlowe

The planned LRT duct work for 2014 includes:
- Installation of civil infrastructure (conduit and cable chambers)
- Crossing Main Street, at Elliot Avenue
- On the North side of Elliot Avenue from Main Street to Marlowe Crescent
- On the West side of Marlowe Crescent from Elliot Avenue to Clegg Street
- On the North Side of Clegg Street, from Marlowe Crescent to Main Street

Q&A about soil remediation work at Old Town Hall

61 Main Street – Soil Remediation Plan

Q1 – Why is this remediation project being conducted?
A – The City of Ottawa has conducted several environmental investigations at 61 Main Street to characterize soil and groundwater quality at the site. The site assessments identified elevated levels of several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in surface and subsurface fill material at concentrations exceeding the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) 2011 Table 3 Site Condition Standards for residential/parkland/institutional land use and coarse textured soil. In order to address the PAHs found in the soil at the site, the city’s Environmental Remediation Unit will be undertaking a remedial program that will involve removal of all exposed shallow soil to a depth of 30 cm across the site, and replacement with a non-woven geotextile layer and cap of clean soil/grass or playground sand. This project is being undertaken in conjunction with the addition of a new accessibility ramp at the facility that will be constructed during August and September 2014.

Q2 – What are PAHs?
A – Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of more than 100 chemicals that are produced during the incomplete burning of fuels, garbage or other organic substances such as tobacco, plant material or charbroiled meats. PAHs are also contained in asphalt, crude oil, coal,
coal tar pitch, creosote and roofing tar, and are found throughout the environment in the air, water and soil. They can occur in the air, attached to dust particles, or as solids in soil or sediment.

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