1 June 2011

Capital Ward Walk, Bank Street Reconstruction meeting

Capital Ward Walk: Old Ottawa South

Please join us!

Capital Ward Walk: Old Ottawa South
Friday, June 10, 10 a.m.

Departure from Sunnyside Library (1049 Bank St.)Join Councillor David Chernshenko and City of Ottawa Heritage Planner Sally Coutts for a Capital Ward Walk in Old Ottawa South. We’ll visit to the College of Physicians and Surgeons and other properties due for redevelopment in Old Ottawa South. Time permitting, we may also view some recent infill projects in the community and end the Capital Ward Walk at a local coffee shop.



Bank Street Reconstruction

Below is the City of Ottawa's latest update on traffic, parking and other issues related to the reconstruction of Bank Street in the Glebe.

City staff have set up an e-bulletin system to keep interested residents informed about this major road work project. I urge you to sign up for this convenient, free service at https://secure.campaigner.com/Campaigner/Public/Form10.aspx?fid=614405.

Residents are also invited to participate in the following meeting:

Bank Street Reconstruction Feedback Meeting
Monday, June 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Glebe Community Centre (Multi-purpose Room, Basement)
175 Third Avenue (corner of Lyon St. S.)

Hosted by Councillor David Chernushenko and City staff This will be an informal meeting to share recent updates and to gather feedback from residents with respect to the progress of the Bank Street reconstruction project.Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

For additional information and updates on the project, please visit my website at www.capitalward.ca, or consult the City’s website at http://ottawa.ca/residents/construction/projects/bank/index_en.html.

Sincerely,

David Chernushenko

City Councillor for Capital Ward


City of Ottawa Update: June 1, 2011

CONSTRUCTION NEWS

Week Two of the Bank Street Rebuild will see completion of the temporary water supply. This involves disconnecting businesses and homes from the old water main and connecting these properties to a temporary overland water supply. The task of disconnecting and reconnecting the water supply requires night work to ensure continued operation of businesses. This work should be completed by Thursday.

Ottawa Greenbelt Construction and Taggart Construction have split the project to speed up the work. Taggart Construction will work from Third Avenue north and Greenbelt will work from Third Avenue south. The big machinery — excavation machines — are being moved in for Week Three, starting around June 6, when four crews of workers will begin the deep roadwork.

Road reconstruction along this 1,400-metre project is complex, in part due to pipes that are more than a century old. Pipes and gas lines are sometimes in surprising places and this can lead to delays. In Week One, a small gas line was broken, prompting closure of two blocks. As well, there was a brief interruption of water supply for some residents and businesses. However, both of these issues were quickly resolved.

TRAFFIC
Traffic along the detour routes has been a concern, especially at locations such as First Avenue Public School at First and O’Connor. Police for traffic control, additional crossing guards, and road signs are being used to deal with safety concerns.The City has changed traffic-signal times to accommodate greater volumes of traffic along the detour routes. The current D2 detour route, which takes southbound traffic off Bank Street along O’Connor Street and Fifth Avenue, will be changed effective June 6 to permit construction at the Fifth Avenue intersection. Southbound traffic will temporarily travel along Fourth Avenue between O’Connor and Bank. This change in detour will be effective for two weeks.

All Glebe businesses are open for business as usual, with sidewalks kept open and work areas fenced. Visitors to the neighbourhood are encouraged to take the bus, either the number 1 or 7.There will be some instances when one-way streets have to be turned into two-ways. The City will provide notice to residents who are on these streets, and the changes will be posted on the City’s project website.

PARKING
There is parking available for visitors to Bank Street on crossing streets. After the conclusion of the CANSEC security trade show at Lansdowne Park June 4, visitors can park at Lansdowne free of charge, if there is space and there is no paid-parking event underway.Glebe residents who have an existing City of Ottawa on-street parking permit may park at Lansdowne at any time without charge during the construction period, if space is available.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
The project team last week began weekly meetings with community representatives. The Bank Street Business Improvement Area has organized a block captains group so that all businesses along the street will be kept informed of the latest project developments affecting their properties. The project team will hold a similar weekly meeting with the Glebe Community Association.Councillor David Chernushenko is chairing regular meetings of the Bank Street Reconstruction Advisory Committee, including subcommittees on specific issues. Senior City staff and professionals overseeing the project attend these meetings.

COMMUNICATIONS
A total of 2,700 letters have been delivered to homes and businesses in the construction area to provide notification of construction, detours or water-supply changes.

The Glebe BIA and the Glebe Community Association have issued bulletins about the reconstruction project. The BIA is planning promotional campaigns for the construction period. The City of Ottawa has allocated $300,000 to assist the BIA through the project.

The City of Ottawa is providing information through its 3-1-1 call centre, through its website at http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/construction/projects/bank/index_en.html, and through a weekly e-news bulletin.