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

Installation of this underground civil infrastructure involves excavating a trench along the city boulevard and sidewalks. There are also three road crossings which will be installed as part of this work:
1. Main Street at Elliot Avenue
2. Beckwith Road at Marlowe Crescent
3. Clegg Street at Marlowe Crescent

As the majority of this work is being installed outside the travelled portion of the road, there is limited impact on road traffic anticipated. Residents may, however, notice increased construction presence throughout the duration of the project, including excavation activities and construction vehicles. Where lane closures are required (i.e. the road crossings), the implemented traffic control will be coordinated with the city traffic inspector, to ensure the work is completed safely, and to minimize the traffic impacts to the residents.

Trenching and installation will be done in segments typically 15-30 meters in length, and backfilled as the work progresses. Typically, a segment will require 2-3 days from initial excavation to backfill. Backfill will be maintained reasonably close to the surrounding grade, until such time as final reinstatement can be completed, so that vehicles and pedestrians can negotiate the cuts at normal speed without hazard. Where access to resident property will be impacted, customer will be contacted in advance of the work impacting their property. This work will be staged so as to maintain partial access to the property at all times, however, vehicle access to impacted properties maybe temporarily interrupted.

This work is tentatively scheduled to commence on August 18, and is scheduled to be completed, by October 31, 2014.

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.

Oblate Development Naming Contest now closed

The Oblate Development naming contest sponsored by the Regional Group of Companies is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. Please stay tuned for an announcement from the Regional Group soon!

Learn more about the argument for burying hydro wires on Main Street

Despite indications that the undergrounding of hydro wires during Main Street Renewal would have positive benefits, the City of Ottawa is proceeding with a detailed design based on removing the existing poles and installing overhead wiring on new poles. Read the OOECA Main Street Renewal working group’s brief to persuade the city to bury the hydro wires on at least one side of a three block stretch of Main Street, and the OOECA's recommendations as of June 16, 2014.

Reminder - Highway 417 closure this weekend to remove Lees Avenue bridge

The existing Lees Avenue bridge over 417 will be removed this weekend. To safely remove the bridge, Highway 417 will be closed in both directions, starting 6 p.m., Saturday, June 21 until 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 22 at which time a single lane of traffic will be reinstated in both directions. All lanes on Highway 417, in both directions, will be reopened by Monday, June 23, at 5 a.m.

During the full closure of Highway 417, traffic will be detoured as follows:

- Eastbound traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further east than the Metcalfe Street and will be detoured via Isabella, Hawthorne, Main and Riverside Drive where they may again access Highway 417 to continue travelling eastbound

- Westbound traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further west than Vanier Parkway and will be detoured via Riverside Drive and Bronson Avenue where they may again access Highway 417 to continue travelling westbound.

The city has also advised that in order to ensure traffic flows along the detour route this weekend, temporary NO STOPPING signs will be installed where parking, loading, or stopping is usually permitted: on south side of Hawthorne Avenue from Colonel By Drive to Main Street; and on west side of Main Street from Hawthorne Avenue to Riverside Drive.

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