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So I've been noticing that some notice / progress events are hidden in the news feed on the Stage 2 website and are not always brought forward. Not sure if its something that can be discussed with the Stage 2 team to see if there is a better solution possible, but I have not been that impressed by the newsletters so far?

 

EDIT: I might simply be having issue with my subscription to the newsletter, but I wish we got more regular updates similar to what was done for Stage 1. Or even some sort of "progress" chart / timeline. Also higher resolution photos. But thats just me being picky.

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Our Snapshot updates have resumed, now starting coverage for Stage 2 LRT construction. New to Snapshots will be video walkthroughs, discussing the current locations and what will be changing, a

The eastbound detour lanes on the 174 are now open. Shouldn't be long before the westbound detour opens as well to allow crews to build the flyover. 

I agree. It would have been better to sacrifice Convent Glen, surrounded by car-centric suburbia, in favour of a station at Jasmine Crescent. 

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I agree. The updates are more sporadic than Stage 1's weekly postings.

I think I am also having issues getting their emails. I haven't gotten a monthly update in several months and I now have 3 separate email accounts signed up. I do get the construction notices usually though.

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The updates and newsletters are a disorganized mess.

I registered for the newsletters a few times. For all extensions. French and English.

I think I only ever received one French construction update (last week) that entire time. I don't think I ever receive the monthly updates. I maybe receive most of the construction notices, but not all of them. 

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Q4 2020 Quarterly update highlights:

 

  • The Goldenrod Bridge at Tunney's is set to be completed in Q2 2021, which will enable the removal of the temporary embarkment bridge buses use to access the bus loop from Scott, and thus extend tracks west;
  • Support for excavation at Rochester field and New Orchard started Q4 2020;
  • The new Lincoln Fields station construction is expected to start Q2 2021;
  • New Iris Street bridge set to start Q3 2021, with station Q2 2022;
  • Baseline bus loop complete in Q4 2020, with bus operator building set to be constructed Q2 2021;
  • Montreal Station bridge construction set to start Q1 2021;
  • Construction of a new Trim/174 intersection started Q4 2020 and is ongoing.
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TransLink has released architectural schematics and preliminary conceptual renderings of the interior and exterior of all Millennium Broadway extension stations. This is in stark contrast with Ottawa, that had released the preliminary rendering from the two team RFP submissions, and a few extra renderings here and there.

Here are some features of the Vancouver project: 

 

  • The new Broadway stations will feature elevators, stairs and both up and down escalators. 
  • All stations will feature a concourse level. 
  • Every station will include 3,300 square feet of retail. 
  • No public washrooms are planned for the project, but space will be set aside at Arbutus (the terminus until the line is extended to UBC) and Broadway-City Hall (transfer between Millennium and Canada Lines). 
  • Arbutus Station and Great Northern Way Station will have secure bike parkades. 
  • Stations will only have one entrance, with a second emergency exit only. 
  • Stations are designed for additional entrances in the future.

Stations seem very similar to current and planned underground stations in Ottawa, with simple/functional designs and low ceilings. Vancouver has a few extra features like up and down escalators and retail at all stations, but we have more entrances at busier stations, and washrooms at transfer stations. 

Vancouver's Broadway stations are all underground as this was necessary due to the route while in Ottawa, there was always an opportunity to make them above ground or open air trenches. 

Here is the DailyHive article with dozens of renderings and cross-sections of the Boradway subway stations: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/broadway-subway-skytrain-millennium-line-extension-station-designs

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O-Train East Extension: Construction Activities and Community Impacts

90-Day Lookahead - March to June 2021

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The O-Train East Extension is one of the three major extensions to Ottawa’s light rail transit system. The extension will add over 12 km of new rail and 5 new stations (Montreal, Jeanne d’Arc, Convent Glen, Place d’Orléans, and Trim) between Blair Road and Trim Road.  The LRT will travel predominantly within the median of Highway 174.

In 2021, heavy construction will take place throughout the east alignment as crews build rail, pedestrian and road bridges, new highway lanes, the rail guideway (dedicated rail line) and begin station construction. While it is exciting to see progress on the LRT project, some of these activities may cause disruptions for area residents, including intermittent night work, traffic detours, site lighting or additional construction vehicles in the area.
 
This notice provides an overview of upcoming activities along the O-Train East LRT project alignment, as well as the expected community impacts including hours of work, noise from crews and equipment, pedestrian, and vehicle mobility, etc.

 

MAJOR WORKS 

Blair Station to 174 Median Rail Bridge
Work continues to progress on the Blair Station to 174 Median Rail Bridge, 800 metres east of the OR174 Blair Road Interchange. In April, girders (horizontal supports for the bridge) will be laid on top of the columns, followed by the installation of decking. The Blair Station to 174 Median Rail Bridge structure will be completed in the Summer 2021, with track work to follow.

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Blair Road to Montreal Road
Last year, new eastbound and westbound highway traffic lanes were constructed on the south side of the 174, between Blair Road and Montreal Road to create space for the LRT guideway. Crews and equipment in the area, are now removing the asphalt and concrete from the old highway in the median. This work is occurring daytime and overnight until September.
 
Montréal Station
In January, crews and equipment began building a new bridge within the median of OR174 across Montreal Road, at the Highway 174 Interchange. This new bridge is required to create enough space for the LRT guideway and the new Montréal Station.
 
Through March, construction activities for the bridge include excavation and drilling caissons – part of the bridge foundations. From March through June, activities will include the completion of the bridge’s columns, abutments, and pier caps. This will require lane reductions along Montreal Road.

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Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard
In November 2020, crews and equipment began work to modify the access to Jeanne d’Arc on-ramps at OR174.  This is required to create safer connections for pedestrians and cyclists on the Jeanne d’Arc bridge. While this work continues, there will also be on-going electrical and utility work required prior to the construction of the new Jeanne d’Arc LRT station, beginning in May 2021.  In addition, work on the guideway including the installation of drainage in the median between Sir George Etienne Parkway to Orléans Boulevard Overpass began in February. This work will continue throughout the year.
 
Orléans Boulevard
Work continues at Orléans Boulevard, north and south of the 174, to relocate utilities, including a watermain, storm and sanitary sewer and gas line.  On the west side of Orléans Boulevard, a culvert to improve drainage will be installed. This work will continue through June 2021.Trim
A new watermain and sewer line is being installed to service the future Trim LRT Station and bus
facility. At the same time, construction of a new eastbound off-ramp, and a future realignment of Trim
Road will begin with topsoil removal, embankment, and granular placement.

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A road closure at Dairy Drive, from the traffic circle of Trim Road, to the Agropur Cooperative began in February. The Agropur Cooperative will remain accessible via Old Montreal Road (east of Trim Road). Closure of South Frontage, between the OC Transpo Park and Ride / Trim Station and Dairy Drive will continue until July 2021. The OC Transpo Park and Ride and Trim Station access to southbound Trim Road will be maintained via the construction of a detour route.   These activities are required to create a cul de sac which will facilitate the work for the future site of Trim Station.

Place d’Orléans
Beginning in April, significant construction activities will begin near Place d’Orléans with rock excavation. Hoe-ramming will be required to break up the bedrock. Excavation is also required to realign the 174 north and south of the existing highway to move traffic to make room for the work to build the guideway and the Place d’Orléans Station. There will be further rock excavation required for the guideway and station. The rock breaking and excavation work will continue through July 2021. Utilities work, such as drainage installation, will
continue through the Spring this year.

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Trim
A new watermain and sewer line is being installed to service the future Trim LRT Station and bus
facility. At the same time, construction of a new eastbound off-ramp, and a future realignment of Trim
Road will begin with topsoil removal, embankment, and granular placement.
 
A road closure at Dairy Drive, from the traffic circle of Trim Road, to the Agropur Cooperative began in February. The Agropur Cooperative will remain accessible via Old Montreal Road (east of Trim Road). Closure of South Frontage, between the OC Transpo Park and Ride / Trim Station and Dairy Drive will continue until July 2021. The OC Transpo Park and Ride and Trim Station access to southbound Trim Road will be maintained via the construction of a detour route.   These activities are required to create a cul de sac which will facilitate the work for the future site of Trim Station.

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COMMUNITY IMPACTS

Typically, most work is scheduled to occur from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. There will be requirements for overnight work across the entire corridor, and some intermittent weekend work, Throughout the year.
 
Noise and vibration from trucks and heavy equipment is expected.
 
Site lighting for overnight work will be required. 
 
All pedestrian, cycling, bus, and vehicular movements will generally be maintained during construction apart from highway ramp closures. Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution when localized detours are in place.
 
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.
 

CONTACT US

This notice provides an overview of activities expected to occur until June 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.
 
 
For questions, please contact:
Dianna Ashworth
Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program
City of Ottawa
[email protected] 
www.ottawa.ca/stage2

Place d’Orléans
Beginning in April, significant construction activities will begin near Place d’Orléans with rock excavation. Hoe-ramming will be required to break up the bedrock. Excavation is also required to realign the 174 north and south of the existing highway to move traffic to make room for the work to build the guideway and the Place d’Orléans Station. There will be further rock excavation required for the guideway and station. The rock breaking and excavation work will continue through July 2021. Utilities work, such as drainage installation, will
continue through the Spring this year.

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O-Train West Extension: Construction Activities and Community Impacts  

Ward 15 – Tunney’s Pasture to Sherbourne Stations

90-Day Lookahead - March to June 2021

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.

Important progress will be made this year on this exciting project. Construction crews and equipment are continuing work to complete drainage, utilities relocation, structural and road works, and tunnel construction in the areas surrounding the future sites of Westboro, Kìchì Sìbì and Sherbourne stations. 

This notice provides an overview of construction activities that will take place in Ward 15 as well as the expected community impacts including traffic, pedestrian and cyclist detours, increased noise and vibrations from construction crews, vehicles, and equipment as well as intermittent weekend and overnight work. 
 

MAJOR WORKS

Tunney’s Pasture Station area
Construction work continues on the deck of the Goldenrod Bridge at Tunney’s Pasture, which will be followed by the installation of parapets and railings. The bridge is expected to be completed in July 2021. Once completed, the bridge will remain open for pedestrians, cyclists, and bus only traffic during construction.

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Westboro Station area
At Churchill Avenue North at the SJAM Parkway, road and pedestrian detours will be maintained for the continued construction of the Churchill pedestrian underpass which is expected to be completed in the Spring 2022.

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Kìchì Sìbì Station area
The Roosevelt Pedestrian Bridge, connecting Workman and Roosevelt Avenues will be demolished in May. Pedestrian detours, east to Churchill Avenue and west to the SJAM parkway, will be maintained once the bridge is removed. Work to install these detours as well as utilities relocation will begin in March.

At Kitchissippi Lookout, the following work will be taking place until June: utilities relocation at Atlantis Avenue, drainage work, widening of the SJAM Parkway westbound lane and intersection roadwork at the median turning lanes. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures. 

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (SJAM)
Installation of excavation support is ongoing for the SJAM Parkway tunnel between Cleary Avenue and Rochester Park. The tunnel will eventually travel between Kìchì Sìbì and Lincoln Fields stations travelling underneath the SJAM and Byron Linear Park. The slurry plant near 655 Richmond Road is producing slurry required for the construction of slurry walls, which will support tunnel excavation. Several trucks per day will bring materials to service the slurry plant, accessing the site from the SJAM Parkway. The excavated material from the slurry walls will be hauled to slurry pits at Rochester Field, and then loaded out and transported to an approved landfill site. The slurry plant will remain operational into 2022. 

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COMMUNITY IMPACTS

Typically, most work is scheduled to occur from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, 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. In addition, noise and vibration levels resulting from this work are monitored and reported to the City to ensure they are within limits established for the Project.

Site lighting for overnight work will be required.  

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 localized detours are in place. The safety of workers and the public is paramount. Construction zone signage and fencing must be respected at all times. 

Your patience during construction is an integral part of the success of the project. 

CONTACT US

This notice provides an overview of activities expected to occur until June 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. 

For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:
 
Jessica Maxwell
Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program 
City of Ottawa 
[email protected]
www.ottawa.ca/stage2  

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