Lane reductions on Main Street start Saturday November 22

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City of Ottawa

Beginning Saturday, November 22, Main Street from Clegg Street to Lees Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction with left-turn lanes installed at certain intersections to facilitate traffic flow. 

These lane reductions are needed to allow Bell Canada to replace underground ducts in preparation for the Main Street Renewal Project. They will be in place over the winter and into spring 2015. 

Work between Lees Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue will be carried out over several weekends with temporary lane reductions. The second phase (south of Clegg Street) will start after the first phase is complete. This is scheduled for spring 2015, but completion dates are weather dependent.

It is expected that these lane reductions will have significant impacts on traffic, and motorists using Main Street should anticipate delays. 

The Main Street Renewal Project includes the rehabilitation and/or replacement of portions of the infrastructure on Main Street and a small section of Rideau River Drive. The underground work on Main Street includes the replacement of the watermain and sewers. The project also includes road and sidewalk reconstruction of Main Street from Echo Drive to Rideau River Drive, and the road reconstruction of adjacent sections of Rideau River Drive. 

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

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

Main Street rebuild to cause major traffic disruptions

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Northbound traffic to be detoured during two-year reconstruction project

Laura Mueller, Ottawa Community News

Motorists can expect significant traffic impacts when Main Street is reconstructed over the next two years to replace century-old water and sewer infrastructure.

Plans revealed at an open house on Nov. 20 show the main artery in Old Ottawa East will be closed to northbound traffic between Greenfield and Riverdale avenues in the first phase of construction starting next spring. There will be one northbound lane available for local traffic only from Riverdale to Clegg Street.

In the second construction phase, no northbound traffic at all will be allowed on Main between Greenfield and Riverdale.

The open house on Nov. 20 was well-attended and people had a lot of questions, said John Dance, president of the Old Ottawa East Community Association.

“The construction will be very disruptive but it's the price we have to pay to have modern water and sewer lines and a safe, friendly street,” Dance said.

The construction will lead to a host of important and long-awaited improvements for the neighbourhood, Dance said. Main Street itself will get the addition of bicycle lanes in the form of raised cycle tracks – a useful addition as the community just outside the downtown swells with the development of 10 hectares of institutional land formerly occupied by the Oblate fathers, Dance said.

Main Street open house – Nov. 20

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Main Street Renewal Project – Notice of Public Open House

Thursday, November 20, 6 – 9 p.m.
Saint Paul University
Normandin Room,
Laframboise Hall, Second Floor
249 Main St.

The City of Ottawa is in the process of completing the detailed designs for the renewal of Main Street and portions of Rideau River Drive. The Lees Avenue portion of the overall project went under construction in summer 2014.

The recommended design concept was approved by City Council on July 17, 2013. The City has planned this project under Schedule C of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The EA process was finalized in September 2013 after the completion of an Environmental Study Report. On this basis, Main Street will be renewed as a “complete street” featuring cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, and space for streetscaping. To accomplish this, vehicle lane reductions will be implemented in some locations. The street design varies along its approximately 2km length. Construction of the project is planned to commence in 2015. Early utility reconstruction works may go under construction in fall 2014.

At this time, all interested persons are invited to attend a third Public Open House. The purpose of this Open House is to present the draft detailed designs including road geometry, streetscaping details, public art selection, utility works, construction timing, and preliminary traffic management plans during construction. City staff and their consultants will be available to discuss the project, receive your input, and answer any questions. Following the Open House, input and comments will be accepted until December 4, 2014.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager or the consulting team project manager at the addresses below.

Josée Vallée, P. Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
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Tel.:613-580-2424 x 21805
Fax: 613-560-6064

Ron Clarke, MCIP, RPP
Manager, Planning and Design
Parsons (formerly Delcan)
1223 Michael Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T2
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Tel.:613-738-4160 x 5226
Fax: 613-739-7105

'Go the extra step' to bury Main St. wires, city urged

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Michael Woods, Ottawa Citizen

A city plan to keep hydro wires above ground on Main Street instead of burying them is drawing fire from the local community association.

The Old Ottawa East Community Association says burying hydro wires on the west side of a threeblock stretch of Main Street from Immaculata High School to Clegg Street instead of keeping them on above-ground poles would create more development capacity and increase municipal property tax revenues.

"It's an opportunity to make for a much better-looking environment, and one that encourages development," association president John Dance said Tuesday.

Main Street is set to undergo extensive construction over the next couple of years in a renewal project approved by council last year that will make it a "complete street" designed to benefit all users, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

"We're grateful that the city is redesigning Main Street as a complete street. It's a wonderful change. But we'd like to go the extra step to get the wires buried," Dance said.

The city's underground wiring policy, adopted in 2011, says the hydro wires are buried only when a requesting party pays for the cost. Running wires underground isn't cheap; Hydro Ottawa estimates it would cost $1.5 million to $3.5 million to bury the wires on Main Street.

The community counters with its own estimate that it would cost less than $1 million.

But Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko said that despite his efforts, city staff could not come up with a technical reason, beyond esthetics, to bury the wires.