The O-Train West Extension is one of the three major extensions to Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit 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. It also comprises a maintenance and storage facility, 10 new bridges, 14 rehabilitated bridges and 2 Cut-and-Cover Tunnels.
This notice provides an overview of upcoming activities between Sherbourne Station and Lincoln Fields 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 are expected to continue to cause disruptions for area residents.
Over the next few months, the Project focus will be around some critical activities which includes structures installation, drilling, excavation, and support of excavation activities. This quarter’s new and ongoing work comprises of roadway, bridge, tunnel, and station construction.
At Cleary Avenue, pile drilling is ongoing north side of Richmond Road. Relocation of a watermain north of Cleary Avenue is also underway. Concrete placement for the Cut-and-Cover Tunnel walls and foundation is ongoing with large machinery on the roadway periodically. Sherbourne Station construction will begin in November with walls, rebar, and pad installation. Please note that January to March 2022 there will be an eastbound detour of Richmond Road onto Byron Avenue to allow for storm, sanitary and watermain works. More details will be shared as plans are finalized closer to its implementation.
Byron Linear Park
The Cut-and-Cover Tunnel in Byron Linear Park will be excavated to an approximate depth of 10.5 metres. Cut-and-Cover Tunnel construction operations are ongoing and will continue until 2023.
Excavation, anchoring, and wall work is ongoing from Cleary Avenue to Woodroffe Avenue. Rock breaking between Woodroffe and Ancaster Avenues is ongoing and anticipated to be completed by mid-November. All Tunnel rock breaking is expected to be completed in 2022. The New Orchard Station construction is progressing with slab and wall construction.
McEwen Avenue and Edgeworth Avenue
At Richmond and Lincoln Fields, Cut-and-Cover Tunnel work is ongoing across Richmond Road. Work this fall is on the installation of roadway decking at Richmond and McEwen for Cut-and-Cover Tunnel work, a lane reduction will be in place. The roadway decking, similar to what was installed at Woodroffe Avenue, will maintain traffic mobility while construction advances underneath. Cut-and-Cover Tunnel drilling, excavation, and support of excavation will continue at Richmond Road and McEwen Avenue, and into Lincoln Fields, through the fall.
Utilities relocation work at McEwen, Richmond, Edgeworth and Hartleigh will be completed by the end of the year. Asphalt paving will be completed in mid-November on Edgeworth Avenue.
Following the sidewalk installation on Ambleside Drive, road work will begin for the upcoming westbound detour from Richmond Road. The detour between New Orchard Avenue and McEwen Avenue will reroute westbound traffic around the Richmond Road work zone maintaining connectivity while construction progresses.
There are several work areas operating in Lincoln Fields between Carling Avenue and Richmond Road, including structural work, Cut-and-Cover Tunnel work, and station construction. Progress will continue on structures, station pad, station walls, retaining walls and some utility work throughout the fall. The pedestrian walkway that connected the bus station to Carling Avenue is now closed to allow for construction, and Carling Avenue will undergo another lane shift in October. The Lincoln Fields Station construction will be ongoing until 2023.
South of Carling Avenue, construction on the split-structure bridge continues with deck and parapet installation. The new Woodroffe Pedestrian Bridge construction continues through the fall with pier cap construction and assembly of the steel structure; once it’s completed and opened to the public in Q2 2022 followed by removal of the current bridge.
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 overnight work 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, for works that are schedule critical, night work may be required, following a Public Notice, to meet the schedule on this large and complex project.
Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment is expected. Trucks will use approved haul routes. Workers and contractors will park in designated parking areas. Street sweeping and dust suppression will be ongoing as needed.
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.
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 KEV works to complete these construction activities.
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.
Work will be ongoing in these areas. 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 Sherbourne Station, New Orchard Station and/or Lincoln Fields Station. For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:
Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program
City of Ottawa