Kanata West Pump Station and Forcemain Project and Maple Grove Closure – UPDATE

I would like to provide a quick update regarding the ongoing construction work for the Kanata West Pump Station and Forcemain Project Maple Grove Road between Terry Fox Road and Huntmar Road.

 

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the segment between Terry Fox and Silver Seven was reopened last Friday.

 

However, due to weather, I have been advised that the sewer installation work and subsequent road closure between Silver Seven and Huntmar scheduled for completion July 21st has been extended to August 4th to allow more time for road reinstatement and paving.

 

I would like to thank affected residents for their patience at this time.

 

The Contractor will take every precaution necessary to minimize interruptions to residents but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as delays and traffic detours when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration.

 

Signed detours for vehicles and bicyclists will be in place during the duration of the road closure.

Sidewalk Construction on Hazeldean

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I would like to update residents on the construction of a sidewalk on Hazeldean to take place later this year.

 

The overall project involves the construction of a new 2.0m wide asphalt sidewalk along the north side of Hazeldean Road east of Kittiwake Drive. The new sidewalk will connect to the existing sidewalk at the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Kittiwake Drive at the western limit and the existing sidewalk connection from Abaca Way at the eastern limit. The sidewalk will be located behind the existing shoulder and streetlighting within the existing grass boulevard.

 

Schedule is unknown at this point, but the sidewalk is anticipated to be constructed before the end of 2017. It is noted that while the design is being completed by the City, construction will be undertaken by the Developer of Bulat Court.

 

For the construction of sidewalk, traffic should not be impacted and therefore no long duration lane closures will be required. Pedestrian access and construction site control will be per the City’s latest requirements.

 

I will be certain to provide updates in my weekly newsletter on this project as they become available.

Fernbank Rd Culvert Installation

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I would like to advise residents that Fernbank Road will be closed from Shea to Robert Grant between Tuesday, August 8th and Tuesday, August 22nd.

 

The contractor, Taggart Construction, will be installing a box culvert across the roadway for future storm water management.

 

Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure with additional signs posted during the affected period. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

 

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tri-Pole Public Meeting Recap

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Last night, I had the pleasure of hosting a community meeting regarding the proposed Tri-Pole installation at 145 Iber Road. The community had the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns to Mr. Eric Belchamber from Shared Network Canada (SNC).

 

As some of you may know from reading my newsletter from last week, Shared Network Canada is proposing a 50m tri-pole communication tower to be constructed at 145 Iber Road. The tower will be used to offer space to multiple cellular carriers to enhance and support their networks. A small fenced area with a walk-in cabinet will be constructed at the base of the installation.

 

Mr. Belchamber has asked that any and all feedback regarding the Tri-Pole be sent to my office by May 12th 2017.

Tri-pole at 145 Iber Rd

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Shared Network Canada (SNC) is proposing a 50m tri-pole communication tower to be constructed at 145 Iber Rd. The tower will be used to offer space to multiple cellular carriers to enhance and support their networks. A small fenced area with a walk-in cabinet will be constructed at the base of the installation.

A public meeting will be held at the Main Hall of the Goulbourn Recreational Complex (1500 Shea Rd) on Wednesday, April 12th to help answer resident questions and concerns regarding the project.

This meeting structure is as follows:

7:00 to 7:30pm: Open House

7:30 to 8:00pm: Presentation on the project

8:00 to 8:45pm: Q&A

8:45 to 9:00pm: Final wrap up

I highly encourage any residents who live in the area to join this meeting and share their thoughts surrounding the project. I also encourage all residents to review the public notification package for this project in its entirety here.

Potter’s Key Construction Update

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I would like to take a moment to share another update regarding construction of the Potter’s Key site.

 

I have been advised that work is running further behind schedule than anticipated. The new date that blasting is expected to be complete by is now Friday, April 28th.

The updated Potter’s Key construction schedule is as follows:

  • Rock Removal – January 15thApril 28th, 2017
  • Rock Crushing – April – June 30th, 2017
  • Servicing (Sewers & Roads) – February – December 2017 (entire subdivision)
  • House Construction – August 2017 to December 2019
  • First Homeowner Moved-In – March 2018

 

 

Some residents have expressed concern regarding what to do should they potentially experience damage due to blasting.

 

As it relates to process, the City regulates blasting through the Construction Specifications which speak to the pre-blast survey requirements (all structures within 75m) and the requirement for a third party blasting consultant to monitor the blasts to make sure the peak vibrations are in compliance.

 

I encourage concerned residents to send an email including photos and a description of any prospective damage to Kevin Lamer, Program Manager, Development Inspection at Kevin.Lamer@ottawa.ca with CC to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

 

Residents also have the option to submit a legal claim into the City if they are not pleased with the response from City staff or the developer, you can find more information regarding this process here.

 

For more information you may contact my office or visit my web site at www.shadqadri.com. You are also welcome to contact the Minto Communities Construction Manager, Jean-Michel Le Blanc at jleblanc@minto.com, 613-782-5717. In addition you can reach out to Domenic Idone as the secondary contact for Minto at didone@minto.com  or 613-786-7922.

Potter’s Key Construction Update

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I would like to take a moment to share a quick update regarding construction of the Potter’s Key site.

 

At the present time, work is running approximately one week behind schedule due to weather but blasting is expected to be complete by Friday, April 7th. The updated Potter’s Key construction schedule is as follows:

  • Rock Removal – January 15thApril 7th, 2017
  • Rock Crushing – April – June 30th, 2017
  • Servicing (Sewers & Roads) – February – December 2017 (entire subdivision)
  • House Construction – August 2017 to December 2019
  • First Homeowner Moved-In – March 2018

 

For more information you may contact my office or visit my web site at www.shadqadri.com . You are also welcome to contact the Minto Communities Construction Manager, Jean-Michel Le Blanc at jleblanc@minto.com, 613-782-5717. In addition you can reach out to Domenic Idone as the secondary contact for Minto at didone@minto.com  or 613-786-7922.

Sidewalk and Pathway Reconstruction Project

I would like to take a moment to share with residents an update to the planned construction pertaining to the Sidewalk and Pathway Reconstruction Project.

 

Due to the age and condition of the existing sidewalks and pathways, the City of Ottawa will be proceeding with the reconstruction at various locations. Work will involve the removal and replacement of existing sidewalks and curbs, as well as catch basin adjustments. During the construction there may be temporary lane reductions and parking restrictions.

 

The commence work order was issued on Tuesday, March 21 with construction beginning as early as this week.

 

The City of Ottawa will be replacing sidewalks in the following areas:

  • Ward 6: Palladium Dr/Cyclone Taylor Blvd and Frank Finnigan Way
  • Ward 8: Centrepointe Park Multi-use pathway
  • Ward 9: Canfield Rd (Valleyview Rd to Greenbank Rd)
  • Wards 10 and 16: Albion Rd (Walkley Rd to Kitchener Ave)
  • Wards 14 and 17: Metcalfe Street (Isabella to Catherine Street)
  • Ward 14: the corners of Lisgar and Metcalfe.
  • Ward 15: Clearview Ave (Northwestern Ave to Keyworth Ave) and Premier Ave (Northwestern Ave to Keyworth Ave)
  • Ward 16: Paul Anka Dr (Uplands Dr to McCarthy Rd)
  • Ward 21: Beaverwood Rd (Ann St to Manotick Main St)

 

Completion of the work is anticipated by fall, 2017, weather dependent. For any questions, please call 3-1-1 or email 311@ottawa.ca.

Stittsville Hydro Work Update

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Hello residents. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some updates I received from Hydro Ottawa this week.

Stittsville Main St:

All underground construction is now completed and all customers should now be on the new 28Kv circuit.

 

The overhead lines are now dead and Hydro Ottawa will be beginning to remove the overhead wires next week. Unfortunately, as Rogers is still on a few of the poles, Hydro Ottawa will only be able to cut the poles down to the Rogers cable. Rogers will be performing some excavation in the Spring and at that time, will share a duct in the Hydro Ottawa structure to avoid any more digging.

 

Abbott St:

 

The new hydro poles will have the wires installed and energized in approximately 2 weeks. There will be 3-4 days of civil construction at the pole risers at Granite Ridge taking place today into next week.

 

The 2 phases of Springbrook and Granite Ridge are still scheduled to begin in June.

 

Granite Ridge Dr:

 

There will be some more cable to install and the removal of the pedestal at Abbott including the removal of the large switch from the customer’s yard at 44 Feldspar Crescent.

The Missing Link Regarding Stittsville Sidewalks and Road Upgrades

There has been some discussion on social media blogs regarding missing sidewalk links in Stittsville and looking further into it, below is the information which I have been able to put together from the City’s Transportation Services Department.

 

Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (OPP)

The construction of new sidewalks on existing streets with missing pedestrian links is provided through the following three different programs:

(1) The Pedestrian Facilities Program, as mandated in the Council-approved Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (OPP), which prioritizes missing sidewalks across the city;

(2) the Development Sidewalk Missing Links program, which is fully funded through the Development Charges By-Law and related to development initiatives; and

(3) Road renewal opportunities when a road is fully reconstructed.

 

At this time in Stittsville unfortunately a number of the missing links that have been raised by the community have not been identified among the priority sidewalk projects in the “Project Prioritization List” found in Annex E of the OPP. The list of priority sidewalk projects was developed based on:

  • A prioritization process that is explained in Annex F of the OPP, and
  • A financial affordability analysis considering annual capital funding forecasted up to the year 2031.

 

The development of the OPP included a GIS-based review of the entire city for missing sidewalk links.  A screening process (described in Annex F of the OPP) produced a list of top priority missing links. These links were then more closely examined and prioritized based on a set of decision criteria, available funding, and public consultation. The resulting list of priority sidewalk projects was organized into three phases and is included as Annex E of the OPP.

 

Therefore this means that since the road segments raised by the community are not identified in the list of OPP priority sidewalk projects, currently no new sidewalks are planned nor is funding available for them from the Pedestrian Facilities Program.

 

I was advised by staff that in the future it might be to have new sidewalks implemented as part of the Development Sidewalk Missing Links program or through road renewal reconstruction.  I will be further reviewing this with City staff to ensure where possible that we have missing sidewalk links completed in part of the Development Sidewalk Missing Link program.

 

Sidewalk Costs

When Stittsville was first developed the roads were considered rural cross-section meaning that they had ditches for stormwater instead of storm sewers and have no curbs or sidewalks.  Due to the fact that there are ditches on these roads there is not enough space to also have sidewalks.  For sidewalks to be provided on rural cross-section roads the roads would require a complete upgrade to urban standards which means the stormwater ditches would have to be converted to a storm sewer system and then sidewalks could be installed.

 

Unfortunately given the requirement to upgrade these roads to urban standards there would be significant costs associated with constructing sidewalks.   City staff advised that to change a one kilometer section of rural road to an urban cross-section with sidewalks on each side, in a typical 20 meter right of way (ROW) is in the order of $5 million (not including property acquisition if required). Sidewalks on one side would marginally reduce the cost (by some $300,000) but the bulk of the effort is in providing the platform, drainage and corridor necessarily to accommodate the pedestrian facility.

 

The rural cross-section residential streets in Stittsville are not planned to be upgraded to urban standards.  However, were possible I am working with the City to reviews areas in Stittsville that may be considered for an asphalt pathway instead of a concrete sidewalk as an asphalt pathway can be accommodated on rural cross-section roads and is a much more economical option as well.

 

There are mechanisms available under the Municipal Act, that allow a municipality to cost recover from property owners for works undertaken by the City.  Should there be a desire within the community to proceed with sidewalk extensions at their cost, Local Improvement regulations provide an option to do so. The Local Improvement Regulation permits a capital works project to be financed by not only those that front along the work but also those who are derive an immediate benefit from the work.

 

Planned Road Upgrades

The main upgrades we will see in Stittsville for roads planned for urban upgrades at some point in the future will be arterial and collector roads such as the rest of Stittsville Main Street, Carp Road, Huntmar Road, Maple Grove Road and Fernbank Road.  The Environmental Assessment Study for widening of Carp Road (Highway 417 to Hazeldean Road) has been completed and the next step is to complete the detail design phase of the project based on the recommended plan established by the EA study.  City’s Transportation Master Plan identifies widening of Carp Road as a Phase 2 project and is slated for implementation during 2020-2025.

 

For more information regarding future road and transit transportation projects in Stittsville please review previous information I shared with the community here – https://shadqadri.com/2015/03/17/future-planned-transportation-projects/

 

Sidewalks in New Developments

In more recent subdivisions the City now does require the Developers to construct sidewalks as part of their subdivision development at their cost.  This provides a safer pedestrian route for residents especially as in the newer developments the roads are narrower than in the older areas of Stittsville where there is more room for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to share the road.

 

Developers can be required to provide sidewalks on roads within their own development but the City cannot force them to construct roads outside of their development property.  In Fairwinds there was an interesting mystery of a sidewalk that disappeared on the west side of Huntmar Drive north of Hazeldean Road along the undeveloped commercial lot.  Staff in the Planning Department did review this situation and advised that this stretch of sidewalk was completed by the developer in the area although they were not required to install it by the City as it did not abut their development property.  However, following the installation of the sidewalk it was then required to be removed in order to install utilities.   The Planning Department is still reviewing why the sidewalk was not re-installed however it is likely due to the fact that the developer was not required to install it in the first place and that there was an expectation that the commercial property along this section was anticipated to be developed shortly after the utilities were extended.  When this commercial development does go forward the City is planned to request the developer install the sidewalk.  If the developer does phase the development of the commercial property the sidewalk may also be completed in phases, but at this time the construction timeline of this site is unknown.

 

I hope that some of this information is helpful to residents to understand the process and the rational as to why some roads do not have sidewalks.  There are some missing links of sidewalks in the community that I do feel are significant concern and I am working with the City to provide a safer connection for pedestrians.   One of the areas with a safety concern that I am working on is the section of Hazeldean Road from Carp to West Ridge/Kittiwake as I see this as a major concern and there is potential working with the developer constructing the townhouse development north of Hazeldean Road off Kittiwake.