Weekend construction work planned for Bronson Avenue, Lansdowne Park

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Ottawa Citizen

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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Extended work hours at Lansdowne

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City of Ottawa

The contractor will be working until 8 p.m. today, August 17 on the former 67's box office in order to prepare for next week's demolition of this section of the Coliseum Building.

In addition, some limited construction activities will occur at Lansdowne on Saturday. Work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be restricted to the area east of the Horticulture Building. The work may require the use of some heavy equipment and vehicles.

All the work is being conducted within the City's noise by-law 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.

Thank you in advance for your understanding while this work takes place.

For more information on construction activities at Lansdowne Park, visit ottawa.ca/newlansdowne.

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Reconstruction work begins at Lansdowne

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By Laura Mueller, EMC News

Council's approval of preliminary Lansdowne Park reconstruction work on May 8 marked the first time the city councillor for Capital Ward, where the park is located, didn't cast a dissenting vote.

That doesn't mean David Chernushenko is suddenly onside with the project, it's just that he has no opportunity left to withhold his support for the plans, since council has already given the go-ahead.

Chernushenko still questions the need to move the Horticulture Building, but since council already voted to approve that move and remove the building' heritage designation to do so, there is no point in objecting on a vote now, he said.

"This isn't about 'Should we move it,'" he said. "It's about 'Should we move it now,' and make cleaning up the soil a more efficient and thorough job and allow the restoration of the building to go ahead."

City moving ahead with Lansdowne Park plans

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Committee approves small steps toward completion of community, including plans for retail development and programming

Jessica Smith, Metro Ottawa

The "traffic challenges" brought on by developing Lansdowne Park will cause some people to change how they get around the Glebe, Mayor Jim Watson said Thursday.

At the finance and economic development meeting, councillors discussed a plan that would see shuttle services to the city's park-and-ride facilities set up for special events. However, a handful of residents spoke up to say it will be hard for the already-busy Glebe to absorb the added traffic brought in by the new development.

Watson agreed. "I've never underestimated the traffic challenges we're going to face in that community," he said. "It forces some people to take transit, it forces other people to walk or to carpool or to park farther away."

David Chernushenko argued that Lansdowne Park should be a car-free zone, saying the 40 surface parking spaces in the plans will lead in reality to about 100 people circling around looking for a space.

"On a day-to-day basis, not just at major event time when we all know a car couldn't get in there anyway, Lansdowne park should be a car-free area. (Being) a people place would make it that much more special," he said.

George Dark, a member of the Lansdowne Park design panel, said a mix of some well-designed parking with ample space for pedestrians would work better than making Lansdowne car-free.

"Sparks Street without the cars hasn't worked out particularly well in the long run," he said.