LRT Guideway from Pinecrest to Moodie Stations
The LRT guideway will run along the existing Transitway corridor, at grade, parallel to the north side of Highway 417. It will be in a trench underneath Pinecrest Road and Moodie Drive and on a bridge over Holly Acres Road. As a result, some existing ramps will have to be adjusted, shifted, or temporarily closed and rebuilt to accommodate construction activities. Closures of the Transitway will be required, during which time buses will use detours.
Construction activities are scheduled so that the duration and extent of the impacts on all modes of transportation and the local community is minimized. Traffic will be shifted during construction to make space for the new structures (i.e., stations, bridges, roads etc.) and the LRT guideway. This will be done in stages, using temporary ramps, temporary closures, and traffic pattern shifts. Detours will use approved arterial or major collector roads with posted signage and variable message boards. Cycling and pedestrian routes will remain open during construction.
At Pinecrest Station work continues on structures, utilities relocation, and trench construction. The north-west ramp will be closed for two weeks in mid-September to perform maintenance hole relocation. A watermain situated within the interchange area will be relocated starting in August until October. Road works continue following the new bridge installation. Road widening will begin in September to the south of the interchange on Lisa Avenue and Greenbank Road. This work is expected to require tree removal and night work. The Pinecrest south-west ramp is currently closed until approximately November 2021. Overnight work will be ongoing.
Construction of a new bus loop to facilitate guideway and station construction will be ongoing through August, with a new temporary bus platform opening for customers on September 5th. Construction around the station will continue through September to complete station upgrades and underground utility works. There is a new pathway open connecting Bayshore Station to Woodridge Drive. Utility relocation in the area will be taking place this summer along Highway 417 and the Transitway. Overnight work will be ongoing.
Holly Acres Road
At Holly Acres Road, new ramp construction is underway. Traffic will be flipped from the current ramp to the new ramp in September. Road widening at Richmond Road will be taking place this fall. Structures work continues for the LRT flyover structure. Overnight work will be ongoing.
Ottawa’s LRT will have no at-grade crossings which is why three new road bridges will be built for traffic to bypass the guideway as it passes across Moodie Drive on the north side of Highway 417. The realignment of Moodie Drive is ongoing with work continuing in phases through December 2021. Construction of the Moodie Drive bridge structure will be occurring through to winter 2021. Drilling work is still ongoing for the structural supports, as well as construction of the new north-west ramp until November 2021. Traffic and ramp shifts will occur later this fall once the construction is complete.
At Moodie Station, work has begun for the future O-Train station and O-Train guideway. Throughout August, work will be underway to construct new temporary bus stops on Moodie Drive at the Highway 417 interchange. These changes make way for the relocation of Moodie Station on September 5th. Once Moodie Station is relocated, the Transitway will be fully closed between Holly Acres and Moodie Drive, for the construction of the future guideway, O-Train station, and bus loop. Following the closure of this segment of the transitway, buses will operate on a detour via Highway 417. More information regarding these changes can be found on OCTranspo.com.
Corkstown Road and Moodie Drive will be realigned in August/September. The Moodie south-west ramp will be closed until December 2021. Overnight work will be ongoing.
Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF)
Construction on the maintenance and storage facility is underway. Utilities and electrical work, as well as support walls construction are ongoing. The construction activities will be noisier that they have been, until the end of the year.
Typically, most work is scheduled to occur from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. There will be requirements for overnight work across the entire corridor, and some intermittent weekend work.
Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment is expected.
Motorists should adhere to detours, traffic control signage, posted speed limits, and use extra caution as traffic patterns change. Motorists should use caution and allow for added travel time when moving through active construction corridors.
Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution when detours are in place. The safety of the public and workers is paramount. Construction zone signage and fencing must be respected at all times.
This notice provides an overview of activities expected to occur until September 2021. Specific timing of activities, including road closures or detours, overnight activities, or other major works, will be communicated in advance via the Stage 2 project e-newsletter. To receive these newsletter updates, please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2connect and select “Pinecrest, Bayshore or Moodie Station” For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:
Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program
City of Ottawa