OTTAWA — Weekend work is expected at a couple of major construction sites, according to the city.
Work hours on the Bronson Avenue reconstruction project will extend to Saturdays through to December, the city announced on Thursday.
Construction on the project north of the Queensway will occur on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., starting Aug. 18. Rock drilling and "rock hoe ramming" will not take place during the extended hours, the city stated.
The project is on time after beginning in late March, the city said, but the hours of work are being extended to ensure that the intersection of Gladstone Avenue and Bronson can be reopened after the Labour Day weekend as streets get busier with people returning to work and school.
It won't cost the city anything, the city said, and Saturday work is "frequently" required on major projects to ensure that contractors meet target dates.
The work is the first phase of a two-year, $30-million project to rip up Bronson and replace old water and sewer infrastructure that services southern parts of the city and which — in some cases — is 130 years old. The road will be rebuilt and new trees, furniture, sidewalks and artwork installed as part of the project.
Meanwhile, a contractor involved in the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park is to work until 8 p.m. Friday to prepare for the demolition next week of the former Ottawa 67's box office in a section of the Coliseum Building, the city said.
Some "limited" construction work is also expected at Lansdowne on Saturday, it said. The work will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in an area east of the Horticulture Building, and may require the use of some heavy equipment, the city stated.
In a Lansdowne project update, the city stated that "all the work is being conducted within the City's noise bylaw which allows for construction activities to occur from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays and statutory holidays."
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