August 5, 2022 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.
It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of August, and Labour Day weekend is only a few short weeks away. Rideau Transit Group (RTG) will be performing proactive track and maintenance work on O-Train Line 1 for two weeks from Friday, August 12 until Thursday, August 25. Residents taking transit should note the service impacts listed in the first item in this newsletter. Residents residing near St. Laurent Boulevard will have likely noticed some ongoing work in the area. This work relates to Enbridge Gas’ natural gas distribution system, and the City of Ottawa is aware. This Sunday, residents needing to offload household hazardous waste can do so at the City’s household hazardous waste event. On Saturday, August 6, Overbrook will be celebrating its centennial anniversary. Join the fun at 33 Quill Street!
O-Train Line 1 Proactive Track and Maintenance Work and Nightly Service Adjustments
Rideau Transit Group (RTG) will be performing proactive track and maintenance work on O-Train Line 1 for two weeks from Friday, August 12 until Thursday, August 25.
During the two-week maintenance period, certain sections of O-Train Line 1 will close as early as 8:00 pm. Work will occur at intervals along the system and non-work areas will remain open for customers. During the maintenance work:
- R1 replacement bus service will run frequently to meet ridership requirements
- Regular train service will resume each morning at the usual times, 5 am on weekdays, 6 am on Saturdays and 8 am on Sundays
- The full schedule with daily service availability will be shared with customers in advance
Information will be shared through all customer communication channels later this week once the maintenance schedule is finalized. During the maintenance activities, signage will be posted across the system to notify and direct customers to R1 bus stops.
Maintenance activities will include switch heater calibrations to prepare for winter, rail repairs and replacement, inspections of the track and rail grinding. General seasonal cleaning and vegetation control have been ongoing since June and will continue.
Information and reminders will be communicated to customers through various channels, including a Public Service Announcement, customer alerts, social media updates, signage at Line 1 stations, and octranspo.com. Customers can visit octranspo.com for travel planning assistance or call 613-741-4390. Schedules are available by calling 613-560-5000 or texting 560560 plus the bus stop number. OC Transpo Red Vest staff will be present across the system 2 and stationed at key areas to assist customers throughout the duration of the temporary service adjustments.
NOTICE — Enbridge St. Laurent Blvd. Integrity Plan Work
The St. Laurent Pipeline is a critical part of Enbridge Gas’ natural gas distribution system, and directly and indirectly supplies approximately 165,000 customers in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions. Several of those customers provide critical services, like hospitals and federal facilities, which count on a reliable, energy source for their daily operations.
Enbridge Gas is implementing a targeted integrity plan on the pipeline from June up until November 2022 or later. This integrity plan will alow Enbridge Gas to collect further informanton on the condition of the pipeline.
The integrity plan includes a number of activities including leak surveys, corrosion surveys, excavation and excavation preparations, in-line robotic inspections and visual inspections of the pipeline in your neighbourhood.
Enbridge Gas will use state-of-the-art technology, including a robotic crawler that travels inside the pipeline to evaluate its condition. Also, approximately 3,000 integrity holes, ½” in diameter, along sections of the pipeline, including on roadways and driveways, will likely be needed. These activities will occur at various intervals along the pipeline route, but will generally take place along St. Laurent Blvd near intersecting roadways, including:
- South of Donald St, at Queen Mary St.
- Karen Way
- North of Belfast Rd.
- Sandridge Rd (between Blenheim Dr and Birch Ave) and Tremblay Rd (near the intersection with Avenue U)
The City of Ottawa has been made aware of this work, and understands the need for Enbridge Gas’ integrity plan and their effort to ensure this work is being completed in a safe and timely manner, while working to minimize inconveniences due to these activities. On behalf of Enbridge, we would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation during this work. Please do not hesite to contact the number listed below with any questions you may have.
Sonia Fazari, Sr. Advisor, Municipal and Stakeholder Engagement
Email: [email protected]dge.com
Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Event – Sunday, August 7
The City of Ottawa is hosting our next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event on Sunday, August 7 at the Innes Snow Dump (2170 Mer Bleue Road). Residents are welcome to bring their materials to the event between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Please note that electronic waste is not accepted at HHW events hosted by the City. Residents can bring their electronic waste to the Trail Road Landfill Facility at no cost, can contact participating Take it Back! members to arrange for proper disposal by checking Ottawa.ca/WasteExplorer, or can attend electronic waste drop-off events hosted by Junk That Funk.
Residents who cannot make it to this event are encouraged to take a look at the list of other upcoming events. Please note that there will be an event hosted in Rideau-Rockcliffe ward in October.
Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
The Order of Ottawa celebrates outstanding citizens. This prestigious civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa.
Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community is eligible for nomination.
In 2003, in recognition of Brian Kilrea's 1,000th career victory, the City of Ottawa created the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea's exceptional career. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony.
An outstanding citizen may be nominated for either the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.
Please submit your nomination using the online form at the link below.
The deadline for nominations for the Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching is Friday, September 9, at 11:59 pm EST.
REMINDER: Overbrook Day
This Saturday, August 6 starting at 11:00am, come celebrate Overbrook’s 100thanniversary at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street. There will be fun for everyone with food, games, face-painting, prizes, and music.
Montreal Road Revitalization
The following work is planned over the next two weeks (August 1 to August 12):
- Vanier Parkway asphalt overlay — As part of the Montreal Road project, an asphalt overlay will be undertaken along Vanier Parkway from McArthur Avenue to approximately 150 metres north of Montreal Road. The work includes milling the existing asphalt on Vanier Parkway and placing a new layer of asphalt. The work has to be undertaken at night to limit traffic impacts and will start with milling on August 3 to 5, followed by the asphalt overlay from August 9 to 11.
- Montreal Road/Granville Street intersection underground sewer pipe — The majority of the underground pipe work at the Montreal Road/Granville intersection is complete. Remaining underground work at the intersection includes commissioning of the new watermain and service connections on Granville Street which will be completed over the next two weeks. Road and sidewalk construction will follow.
- L’Eglise to St. Laurent Boulevard removals — The sidewalk on the south side of Montreal Road is nearing completion. Early next week, crews will flip traffic onto the south side of Montreal Road and begin removals of exiting curbs and sidewalk on the north side of Montreal Road.
- North River Road — Crews are scheduled to complete paver installation between the MUP and west side curb this week. Some landscaping, installation of traffic calming measures and signage are the remaining items on the north leg of North River Road.
- Hydro Ottawa pole topping — Hydro Ottawa is now tentatively rescheduled to remove their overhead cables between de L’Eglise and Lajoie from August 15 to 19. Additional details will be provided in next week’s update.
- Landscaping, streetscaping and Dupuis Plaza work — Landscape and street furniture installation is continuing, including the installation of bike racks, benches and garbage receptacles. Shrub planting in the numerous low-lying concrete planters is also continuing. Surface grading and concrete work on Dupuis Plaza is scheduled to resume this week and continue into next week.