O-Train West Extension: Construction Activities
Ward 8 – Iris to Algonquin Stations
90-Day Lookahead - July to September 2022
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 light maintenance and storage facility, 10 new bridges, 14 rehabilitated bridges and 2 cut and cover tunnels.
This notice provides an overview of upcoming activities that will take place between Iris and Algonquin Stations, as well as the expected community impacts including hours of work, noise from crews and equipment, pedestrian, and vehicular changes. While progress on the project is being made, construction activities are expected to continue to cause disruptions for area residents.
In effect as of June 26, 2022, the Woodroffe Avenue Transitway detour has buses travelling between the Iris Street Transitway and Algonquin Station area using Woodroffe Avenue.
Residents should be aware that throughout 2022, there will be an increased requirement for nightwork across the alignment. Additional notifications to affected residents will precede all impactful nightwork activities and a weekly summary of nightwork will also be shared at the outset of each week. If you would like to receive the weekly updates, please email email@example.com
Further reading about construction of the LRT track system can be found: here
Information on construction of the LRT stations can be found: here
The new Iris Street bridge, between Parkway Drive and Adirondack will open to traffic, with a realigned Iris Street in mid-July. This bridge will carry bus and vehicular traffic during the Woodroffe Avenue Transitway detour until the LRT is operational. Excavation of the guideway, culvert demolition and relocation work will take place through the summer.
Iris Station work will focus on construction of the station foundation. A new multi-use pathway will be constructed in early July leading to the south side of Iris Street to connect with the existing pathway.
Retaining wall, asphalt removal, and drainage installation will begin in July along the closed Transitway between Iris Station and Algonquin Station.
Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Management Pond
Construction work on the Pinecrest Creek stormwater management pond will resume July 1, following the lifting of government’s annual restriction activity timing window, in-place to protect fish from the impacts of works in and around water when fish are spawning. Soil stripping, excavation of the three cells, and construction of the retaining walls and the culvert are complete. Upcoming activities are focused on construction of the inlet and outlet structures, which require support of excavation (SOE). It is expected the stormwater management pond will be commissioned by the end of 2022.
At Algonquin Station ongoing construction activities include work on the building envelope, tunnel platforms, and installation of elevators and escalators. Bus loop construction, utility relocation and parking lot reconfiguration, which includes grading and paving, will continue through summer. Construction on the footings, columns and pier caps for the pedestrian bridge connecting the Algonquin Center for Construction Excellence (ACCE) building to Algonquin Station are underway through summer, with construction continuing to the end of year.
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 some overnight and weekend work.
Night work is needed at times to accommodate work that cannot be done during the day. In addition, for works that are schedule critical, night work may be required to meet the schedule on this large and complex project.
Noise and vibration from crews and heavy equipment are expected. Trucks use approved haul routes and workers and contractors park in designated parking areas. Street sweeping and cleaning will be ongoing along truck routes and around construction zones.
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, when travelling to ensure safety, as patterns may have changed.
The City of Ottawa thanks residents for their patience as we work 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 disability-related accommodation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The safety of the public and 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.
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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 electronic updates, Public Notices, and Lookaheads at Ottawa.ca/Stage2connect and select Iris Station and/or Algonquin Station. To connect on Instagram @stage2etape2
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Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa
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