The City of Ottawa’s Rail Construction Program is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is in contact with the constructors about adhering to guidance provided by Ottawa Public Health and the Province of Ontario.
Construction is underway across all three Stage 2 O-Train Extensions:
- In the south, there is ongoing work at the Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) and on multiple rail bridges including Airport Parkway, Uplands Road, Lester Road, Leitrim Road, Bowesville Road, Earl Armstrong Road, and Limebank Road.
- In the east, Highway 174 road and utility relocation work is ongoing to make way within the centre median for LRT infrastructure. Bridge construction is underway for the rail flyover east of Blair Road, and at the Montreal Interchange.
- In the west, work at Lincoln Fields, Iris, Queensview, and the Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility is in full swing. Construction of the rail flyover bridge in Connaught Park has begun, and utility relocation activities have begun in preparation for the commencement of cut and cover tunnel construction later this year.
O-Train Confederation Line West Extension
- Lawn Avenue parkette trees to be removed in early August.
- Lincoln Fields east side of transitway in August.
Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF):
- Excavation and embankment construction are nearing completion.
- Culvert construction has begun with shoring and caisson work.
- Preparations for Moodie Drive watermain relocation are underway.
Baseline Station Area
- Construction and excavation on new bus operator building scheduled to begin this summer.
- Excavation is ongoing in preparation for retaining wall construction near Navaho Drive.
Pinecrest Creek Pond
- Boring for eventual hydro line relocation is complete.
Iris Station Area
- Temporary relocation of a hydro line on the north side of Iris Street is complete, in advance of the culvert extension.
- Foundation construction is taking place to support the future culvert.
Connaught Park Flyover Rail Bridge
- Bridge drill shafts are complete.
- Work for piers is ongoing.
Connaught Cut and Cover Tunnel
- Utility and manhole relocation work is ongoing in Connaught Park and on Connaught Avenue.
- Crews are preparing build a temporary access road for hauling excavated material.
- A multi-use pathway detour is complete.
Lincoln Fields Station Area
- Crews are relocating a storm sewer that conflicts with the future Lincoln Fields Station and guideway.
- Carling Avenue utility work is ongoing on the south side of Carling Avenue and on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
- Drainage work and road work for temporary bus loop is ongoing.
- Soil stripping is ongoing.
- Carling Avenue south excavation is ongoing.
- Night work will occur periodically.
Byron and Richmond Corridor (Byron Linear Park)
- Crews have begun erecting temporary concrete barriers, signage, and fencing, for the closure of Byron Linear Park (between Redwood Avenue and Richardson Avenue) to accommodate tunnel and station construction until 2025.
- Reduced on-street parking on Byron Avenue to accommodate construction.
- A temporary sidewalk is complete on the south side of Byron Avenue.
- Sidewalk construction will begin on Richmond Road between McEwen Avenue and Redwood Avenue.
- Hydro Ottawa duct bank excavations on the north side of Richmond Road between Woodroffe Avenue and Cleary Avenue is complete.
- Hydro relocation work on Richmond Road near McEwen Park progressing east.
- Preparations for New Orchard intersection modification work to begin.
Rochester Field Laydown Site
- This site will be used for the coordination of equipment, crews, and materials that will support LRT tunnel construction.
- Construction site setup is ongoing with the building of an access road and fence installation.
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (SJAM)
- Excavation, granular, paving and drainage work ongoing.
- The pathway on the south side of the SJAM Parkway has been closed with a detour in place.
- Lane closures are required at the SJAM Parkway at Carling Avenue by Lincoln Fields, in order to relocate utilities.
- Traffic lane flip to new roadway is expected in July.
- Construction of drainage outfalls ongoing.
Communications and Stakeholder Relations
The Rail Construction Program is reviewing Stage 2 station connectivity and had invited the public to comment on how they will get to stations along the East, West, and South Extensions. Early concepts for connectivity remain available on Ottawa.ca/Stage2.
All City of Ottawa in-person public meetings are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rail Construction Program is using other means and methods for sharing information with the public.
Stakeholders can stay up to date on the Stage 2 LRT project by visiting Ottawa.ca/Stage2, where they can view the following:
- Stage 2 LRT interactive map
- Stage 2 LRT newsletter
- Station descriptions and renderings
- Fact sheets and other helpful resources
Staff continue to engage with Councillors and community stakeholders as work progresses. Stakeholders can continue to direct inquiries to the Stage 2 LRT project’s email, Stage2@ottawa.ca.