Construction Season in Richmond

by Scott Moffat
Councillor, City of Ottawa
Rideau-Goulbourn Ward

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]More impactful than previous years, it truly is construction season in Richmond. While the Richmond Forcemain project along the Jock River is slowly winding up, the Martin Street sewer installation is in full swing and the 18 month McBean Street bridge replacement is about to get underway. These projects will all affect the community in different ways. I would like to take this opportunity to summarize those projects and speak to the impacts, especially with regard to transit.

The most significant project will be the reconstruction of the McBean Street Bridge. In recent weeks, preparatory works began on site. These included some tree removal and still ongoing is the relocation of Bell lines. Aecon Construction has been contracted to carry out the bridge replacement project. Their Commence Work Order was issued on June 20 and their completion date is December 19th, 2019.

While the project itself will take up to 18 months, the impact on heavy vehicles and transit should only be approximately six months. As soon as one side of the bridge is complete and open, that newly constructed side will not have the weight restrictions any longer. For all other traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians, one lane of traffic will be available, except for a couple of occasions where a full closure may be necessary. The City is aware of significant Richmond events, such as the Fair and the Santa Claus parade and will ensure those are not impacted negatively.

If you happen to be a transit rider and frequently use the 283, there is a detour in place for the duration of the first phase of construction. The detour has been created in a way to minimize the delay on the fewest number of riders. Simply put, riders from Munster and those who live on the South Carleton side of the Jock River will experience a longer commute. That detour is illustrated below.

The work along Martin Street has also created an impact on the routing of the 283. As many of you are aware, these works are necessitated by development in the western part of Richmond by Caivan Communities. Mattamy also owns land but their development is still awaiting Draft Plan Approval. As part of this project, Fortune Street is required to be closed until mid-August. That detour is shown below.

I certainly understand the disruption these projects can cause. My office has been working closely with residents and the various parties involved ensuring concerns are being addressed as best as possible. If you have any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Other local construction projects are moving along well, including some repairs to the Richmond Arena and upgrades to King’s Grant Park. Richmond Lions Park will be seeing work as well with the plans for a new outdoor rink near the tennis courts and we are still working to finalize construction details regarding Sarah McCarthy Park. Additionally, while private, the Richmond Medical Centre and the new LCBO are also moving along smoothly at this point.

Recently, I met with staff to discuss future construction projects in Richmond and throughout the rest of Rideau-Goulbourn. In recent years, and to continue over the next several years, Council has been increasing the amount of money it spends on road renewal. In the coming years, we will finally start seeing more of that benefit Richmond with renewal slated for Strachan Street, Joy’s Road, Barnsdale Road, McBean Street, Huntley Road, Colonel Murray Street and Cockburn Street.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.