As part of the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project, construction in the Laurier-to-Lees corridor will begin now that the Transitway that runs parallel to Nicholas Street has closed. This includes uOttawa station, guideway and tunnel ramp construction, as well rehabilitation of the Mann Avenue Transitway Bridge.
WHAT: uOttawa Station: Crews will begin reinforcing the construction zone along Nicholas before moving onto the demolition of the existing Campus Transitway station and beginning construction of the new uOttawa LRT station.
Guideway: Crews will begin laying the foundation, trackwork, overhead wires and other components of the LRT guideway along Nicholas Street from Lees Station to the East Portal
Tunnel East Portal Ramp: The East Portal is located adjacent to the University of Ottawa at Nicholas Street and Laurier Avenue. Crews will begin bringing equipment (excavators, trucks, cranes) on site before starting construction on the ramp that leads to the underground tunnel. Removal of the existing roof will be required later in the fall/winter of 2016.
Mann Avenue Transitway Bridge: Crews will be on site rehabilitating the bridge for future guideway work.
WHEN: Mobilization for uOttawa Station construction has already begun. Some overnight work will occur.
All other work is expected to begin in early May and June 2016 and continue in phases throughout 2017. As construction progresses, overnight work may be required.
WHY: To convert the Transitway into an LRT corridor, and the Campus BRT Station into the uOttawa LRT Station.
PEDESTRIAN & CYCLING IMPACTS
- On May 2, 2016, the pedestrian tunnel from Campus Station to Colonel By Drive will be closed until August 22, 2016, in order to widen the tunnel. An alternate route map is posted on site.
- The Transitway that runs parallel to Nicholas Street closed from Laurier to Lees as of April 24, 2016, and all buses have been re-routed onto Nicholas. As a result, northbound lanes between Highway 417 and Laurier Avenue have been converted to one general traffic lane and one bus-only lane. Buses and general traffic now share both southbound lanes on Nicholas Street, with a reserved bus lane beginning at the Highway 417 eastbound on-ramp. This change will be in effect at all times until the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.
- To accommodate work on the Mann Avenue Bridge, lane restrictions on Mann Avenue will be required as early as this summer.
RESIDENTIAL & BUSINESS IMPACTS
- Noise levels for all work are expected to be moderate to high. An overnight bylaw exemption will be in place for any overnight work.
For further information about this project, please contact [email protected].