Steel company suing City for TD Place work

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TD Place
TD Place, home of the Ottawa RedBlacks. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

A Quebec steel company that helped renovate TD Place says it's owed more than $5.3 million for the work.

Lainco has filed two lawsuits in Ottawa Superior Court naming the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and Pomerleau as defendants.

Pomerleau is the general contractor on the Lansdowne Park redevelopment.

Lainco says it installed structural steel.

According to the suits, Lainco has moved to put a construction lien on part of Lansdowne and has identified the city and OSEG as "registered owners."

The two suits relate to work done on both the north and south sides of the stadium.

The claims haven't been proven in court.

It's unclear why the three defendants allegedly haven't paid Lainco for the steelwork.

There are no defence statements filed on the cases, which only recently made their ways into court.

The suits say Pomerleau contacted Lainco about providing steelwork on Dec. 12, 2012. Lainco says it provided labour and supplies on the north side between April 1, 2013 and Aug. 28, 2014. Work on the south side happened between Jan. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.

According to lien applications filed with the suits, the contract for the north side was worth more than $5.6 million, while contracted work for the south side was $6.3 million.

The city budgeted about $130 million for the complete renovation and rebuild of the stadium.

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Highway 417 at Lees Avenue weekend closure begins Saturday

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City of Ottawa

On the afternoon of Saturday, September 6, lanes on Highway 417 will be closed in stages in the vicinity of Lees Avenue leading to a full closure of both the eastbound and westbound lanes to allow for the placement of the new Lees Avenue overpass. This will be the largest and heaviest structure in North America to be mounted using Rapid Bridge Replacement construction techniques.

The lane closure schedule for Sept. 6 and 7 is as follows:

Saturday, September 6, beginning at 3 p.m.

  • Highway 417 will be reduced to 2 lanes in the eastbound direction from Metcalfe Street to the Vanier Parkway and in the westbound direction between the Vanier Parkway and Nicholas Street.

Beginning at 5 p.m.

  • The highway will reduce to one lane in each direction.
  • There will be no access to Highway 417 eastbound from Nicholas Street or from Isabella/Metcalfe Streets.
  • There will be no access to Highway 417 westbound from the Vanier Parkway or St. Laurent Boulevard.

Beginning at 6 p.m.

  • Highway 417 will be fully closed to traffic between Nicholas Street and the Vanier Parkway.

Sunday, September 7, at 11 a.m.

  • One lane will re-open in each direction.

Beginning at 12 p.m.

  • A second lane will open in each direction.
  • Access to Highway 417 eastbound from Nicholas Street or from Isabella/Metcalfe Streets will reopen
  • Access to Highway 417 westbound from the Vanier Parkway or St. Laurent Boulevard will reopen

Monday, September 8 at 5 a.m.

  • Full reopening of all lanes will occur.

Detour routes will be signed and will remain in place until all lanes of traffic have been reopened.

Eastbound Detour

Vehicles wishing to travel downtown or to Quebec via the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge may remain on Highway 417 to Nicholas Street (EXIT 118). All other traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further east than Metcalfe Street (EXIT 119) and will be detoured via Main Street and Riverside Drive back to Highway 417 eastbound.

 Westbound Detour

Vehicles wishing to travel downtown or to Quebec via the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge will follow the marked detour along Vanier Parkway and St. Patrick Street. All other traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further west than Vanier Parkway (EXIT 117) and will be detoured via Riverside Drive and Bronson Avenue to access Highway 417 westbound.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use other alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

OttawaNav – the City’s mobile application for real time construction and traffic information.

City of Ottawa Traffic Report – outlining citywide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours

Travel Planner at octranspo.com – transit users can chart and plan routes

Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city

Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras along Hwy 417

Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city

Further details and other information concerning City road works are available on ottawa.ca.

Councillor: Sidewalk cash should be fixed % of roads spending

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CFRA

Capital ward councillor David Chernushenko wants sidewalks to get a set amount of money each year and should be tied to how much is spent on roads.

"The idea of there being at least a minimum percentage is one approach where to some degree, you get out of the battle of is $10 million enough? Should it be 12? No, make it 2, that it be on a percentage basis."

He admitted coming up with that figure could prove to be a contentious debate, but insisted sidewalks shouldn't be an afterthought when it comes to transportation spending.

In the last four years, the city spent $7.36 million on pedestrian projects, including 158 kilometres of sidewalks and 30 kilometres of new Multi-use Pathways.

The city is also launching a new initiative to try and gauge how safe people feel when they cross at intersections.

Sustainable Transportation Program Manager Jill Wilson explained the goal is to get the pedestrian's perspective by considering different factors.

"Such as the crossing distance, the signal phasing and timing, right turn design, whether there is a turn channel or not, what type of crosswalk treatment is there, are there zebra markings, double painted line, high visibility."

Une cohabitation compliquée

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Le partage des pistes cyclables devient de plus en plus problématique à Ottawa.

Jean-François Dugas, Le Droit

Le partage des pistes cyclables devient de plus en plus problématique à Ottawa et force la municipalité à reconsidérer la conception de ses sentiers à usage multiple.

La hausse des conflits entre piétons et cyclistes sur de telles voies a fait surface hier lors du comité de transports municipal où le Plan de la circulation piétonnière a été présenté aux élus.

«Je comprends que les sentiers polyvalents répondent à un besoin et ils sont très efficaces à des endroits où le volume de piétons ou de cyclistes n'est pas suffisant pour aménager des installations pour un seul de ces groupes. Toutefois, on observe de plus en plus de confits sur ces sentiers, parfois en raison de comportements répréhensibles, déplore David Chernushenko, échevin dans le quartier Capitale.

La Ville étudie plusieurs scénarios pour assurer une meilleure cohabitation entre les cyclistes et les piétons, avance Kornel Musci, directeur municipal de la planification stratégique des transports. En plus de continuer les efforts de sensibilisation auprès des usagers, notamment avec une meilleure signalisation, M.Musci soutient que la municipalité pourrait élargir les sentiers au-delà des dimensions actuelles où même envisager l'aménagement de sentiers distinctifs pour ces clientèles.

«Les conflits entre piétons et cyclistes s'avèrent un tout nouveau problème, a avoué M. Mucsi, en parlant entre autres des sentiers de la Commission de la capitale nationale, particulièrement ceux qui longent la rivière des Outaouais et le canal Rideau.

M. Chernushenko estime que la Ville n'a pas, par exemple, à légiférer davantage sur les limites de vitesse imposées aux cyclistes ni envoyer des agents de réglementation pour épingler les cyclistes qui ont le pied pesant ou les piétons qui promènent leur chien sans leur laisse sur les sentiers. À son avis, il faut simplement faire preuve d'un peu plus d'étiquette.

«Certaines veulent que les pistes soient un moyen pour les cyclistes de se rendre à destination rapidement, d'autres préfèrent qu'elles soient navigables pour tous. Je ne veux pas pénaliser l'un ou l'autre», a résumé M. Chernushenko.

Le Plan de la circulation piétonnière, présenté hier, fait état des réalisations de la municipalité au cours du dernier mandat des élus.

Depuis 2010, la Ville a investi 7,36m$ dans l'infrastructure piétonnière. Ainsi, 158 kilomètres de trottoirs et 30 kilomètres de sentiers ont été aménagés.

Par ailleurs, 96 projets sont prévus d'ici 2031 pour mieux accommoder les piétons de la ville. Les voies pour donner un meilleur accès aux services de transport en commun et aux écoles figurent au sommet de la liste de priorités au cours des trois phases de construction. «Nous sommes bien positionnés pour assurer notre succès», a constaté Gill Wilson, gestionnaire responsable du plan piétonnier.

Malgré ce vote de confiance, le conseiller municipal du quartier Innes, Rainer Bloess, peste.

«Nous avons un bon plan. Le problème est sa mise en oeuvre [...]. Je m'explique mal comment on peut construire un trottoir et l'arrêter à mi-chemin sur une rue, a-t-il lancé en faisant allusion au chemin Renaud dans l'est de la ville. Il manque plusieurs liaisons. C'est l'élément qui semble nous poser des problèmes.»