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90-Day Look Ahead from Jan 2022 – Tunney’s Pasture to Sherbourne
January 3 - March 31
The O-Train West Extension is one of the three major extensions to Ottawa’s Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project. The extension will add over 15 km of new rail and 11 new stations between Tunney’s Pasture to Moodie Drive and to Algonquin Station. The O-Train West Extension will eliminate approximately 450,000 annual bus trips from the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway. It also comprises a maintenance and storage facility, 10 new bridges, 14 rehabilitated bridges and 2 tunnels.
This notice provides an overview of upcoming activities between Tunney’s Pasture and Sherbourne Station, as well as the expected community impacts including hours of work, noise from crews and equipment, pedestrian, and vehicle mobility etc. While solid progress on the project is being made, construction activities can be expected to continue to cause disruptions for area residents.
Winter season requires some adjustments to construction operations. Cut-and-Cover Tunnel work will continue along the SJAM Parkway, Byron Linear Park and Lincoln Fields. Work on roadways and pathways will largely resume in spring 2022. Station, utility, and excavation operations will continue through winter.MAJOR WORKS
Scott Street (Tunney’s Pasture to Kìchì Sìbì Stations)
Work on the north side pathway along Scott Street (from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Churchill Avenue) will resume in spring 2022 as part of the road widening ahead of the Scott Street bus detour. The bus detour will begin in April 2022. Buses will be moved off the Transitway and onto Scott Street from Tunney’s Pasture to the SJAM Parkway to allow for guideway construction to begin along the Transitway. The final configuration of the bus detour will be completed in advance of the detour taking effect in Spring 2022 and will include in various places along Scott St. features like cycle tracks, bus priority signals and bus-only lanes.
Temporary bus stops will be installed along Scott Street for use when the bus detour begins in April 2022. Once the Scott Street bus detour is operational, work can begin on converting the transitway to guideway, including dismantling the Westboro Bus Station so that work can begin on the new Westboro Station.
Kìchì Sìbì Station
Construction in the Kìchì Sìbì Station area will be ongoing throughout winter. The storm sewer relocation work will continue at Dominion Avenue and the Transitway into February 2022. Construction of the new Kìchì Sìbì Station will begin winter 2022 and continue through fall 2023.
Construction of the new Churchill pedestrian underpass at Churchill Avenue North and the Parkway is advancing with installation of two concrete box culverts this winter. The SJAM Parkway will be shifted later in 2022, which will align atop of the underpass.
West of Kìchì Sìbì Station to Cleary Avenue, the Cut-and-Cover Tunnel operations are progressing with ongoing drilling operations, excavation, and support of excavation. Drilling and excavation will continue through the winter between Rochester Field and Cleary Avenue and will require overnight work. The slurry wall operations will finish this winter and work will advance onto excavation and concrete pouring.
Several construction operations will be occurring simultaneously during the winter, including two watermain relocations at Cleary Avenue/Richmond Road area to the SJAM Parkway and preparatory work between the SJAM Parkway and Richmond Road to enable construction to cross into Byron Linear Park. Residents will see heavy machinery and equipment, and construction lighting in these areas.
Sherbourne Station and Byron Linear Park
The Cut-and-Cover Tunnel in Byron Linear Park will be excavated to an approximate depth of 10.5 metres with construction continuing until 2023. Periodically over the winter, large cranes and pumps will be in use on Byron Avenue to pour concrete for the Cut-and-Cover Tunnel. Excavation, anchoring and wall work of the cut and cover tunnel will be ongoing from Cleary Avenue to Woodroffe Avenue into 2022. Sherbourne Station construction to begin in Spring 2022. Road closures are currently in place to facilitate this work and will continue until the tunnel walls and foundations are completed.
Residents will see heavy machinery, equipment, and construction lighting in the area. This spring an eastbound detour of Richmond Road onto Byron Avenue will be implemented to allow for storm, sanitary and watermain works. Traffic detours, lane reductions and road closures will be required periodically on Richmond Road and Byron Avenue. Trucks and equipment will access the area from SJAM Parkway via Cleary Avenue through a temporary road in the construction area.
Most work is scheduled to occur from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. However, throughout the notice period, there will be requirements for work until 10:00 p.m., as well as overnight and weekend work
Night work is needed at times to accommodate work that requires traffic closures that cannot be done during the day, thus mitigating impacts on the travelling public. In addition, night work may be required (following a Public Notice) to meet the schedule requirements on this large and complex project.
Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment are expected during daytime hours. Trucks will use approved haul routes. Workers and contractors will park in designated parking areas. Snow clearing will be ongoing during winter around areas of LRT construction.
For residents whose property borders the affected construction zones, equipment in the area may cause additional noise and occasional vibration as the work progresses. The City of Ottawa thanks residents for their patience as Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci (KEV) works to complete these construction activities.
All pedestrian, cycling, bus, and vehicular movements will generally be maintained during construction with some detours. Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution when localized detours are in place and adhere to all posted signage, speed limits, when travelling to ensure safety, as patterns change.
Accessibility is an important consideration for the Stage 2 LRT project. The Stage 2 team makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The safety of the public and the workers is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.
The construction work outlined in this notice is subject to change. Work may be delayed or extended due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Additional construction updates, such as changes to work sequencing and the duration or impact of this work will be communicated via the Stage 2 project e-newsletter. To receive these electronic updates please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2connect and select updates for “Sherbourne, Kìchì Sìbì and/or Westboro Stations”. For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:
Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa