Construction, renewal, and improvements

Construction Plans for Rideau-Goulbourn

As you have no doubt noticed, construction has begun on Manotick Main Street for the village’s first crosswalk.  This long-awaited crosswalk is made possible by the recent changes in the Highway Traffic Act that finally made such a non-signalized crosswalk legal.  Prior to the changes, pedestrians did not have the right of way within a non-signalized crosswalk.  Construction has already progressed quite quickly and the bulb-outs should be finalized shortly.  These bulb outs will help narrow the crossing distance and also act as a natural traffic calmer on the main street.  Thank you for your patience on this item as I know the desired crosswalk has been an issue for many years.

Roger Stevens Sidewalk Renewal

Tentatively scheduled to begin the week of July 1st, construction will begin on the reconstruction of the sidewalk on the north side of Roger Stevens Drive, between Perkins Drive and Fourth Line Road.  The Contractor, Adria Concrete and Paving Ltd., will be performing the construction work for the City of Ottawa.  Work will involve the removal and replacement of existing sidewalks and curbs, as well as catch basin adjustments. During the construction there may be temporary lane reductions and parking restrictions. Completion is anticipated by mid- August 2016, weather dependent.

Prior to construction, notices will be delivered to the neighbouring residents.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact our Project Manager, Kristin Bazinet, at Kristin.bazinet@ottawa.ca or by phone at (613) 580-2424 ext. 21720.

Hydro Ottawa Improvements

Beginning in July, Hydro Ottawa will begin work on transferring customers from an existing powerline to a new powerline on Prince of Wales Drive, Greenbank Road, Rideau Valley Drive, and Barnsdale Road. Once the transfers have been completed, a five pole extension on Rideau Valley Drive will occur. This voltage conversion and system expansion is in preparation for the future residential and commercial development in the Rideau-Goulbourn area.

Residents will notice an increased construction presence throughout the duration of the project, including excavation activities. In order to minimize noise concerns, we will ensure that work is completed weekdays between 7:00am and 6:00pm. Traffic control will be implemented when required in order to ensure that roads and driveways remain accessible and safe to residents.

Work on this project is scheduled to commence as of July 2016 and will continue until the end of August 2016. Be assured that all residents and businesses in the affected area will receive advanced notice of the project and provided with a point of contact regarding the service improvements in their area. Customers will also receive advance notification prior to any planned power interruption affecting their premises. Hydro Ottawa’s qualified staff and contractor, Antrim, will conduct this work safely and efficiently, ensuring that any inconvenience is minimal.

VIA Rail Vegetation Control

 VIA Rail Canada Inc. would like to notify communities along its right-of-way of upcoming annual weed and brush control beginning in the coming weeks. This is routine maintenance that is conducted annually to ensure the safety of train operations and train crews. In accordance with Track Safety regulations, VIA Rail is required to ensure vegetation on its property does not impede sight lines to the train traffic signal system and that any vegetation that poses a potential fire hazard or safety risk are cut back or removed.

An approved water-based herbicide treatment will be applied to the gravelled ballast area, also known as the track bed, confined entirely to VIA Rail’s right-of-way. The herbicide application will be done by Ministry of Environment certified licensed herbicide contractors and applicators in accordance with federal and provincial standards, regulations and guidelines for herbicide use. For invasive or hazardous weeds and plants that pose health and safety risks to the public (such as wild parsnip and giant hogweed) brush-cutting along the railway corridor and other control measures may also be required. VIA Rail’s vegetation control program is in accordance with all federal and provincial regulations that provide

Dickinson House News

Dickinson House invites you to a Lawn Concert at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 19th.  Come and celebrate Father’s Day at the Manotick School of Music’s fourth annual concert.  To add to the occasion, homemade ice cream will be available.  You are also cordially invited to visit the House; it is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. The 2016 special display is “Trades and Professions of Days Gone By”.  Admission is free; donations are welcome. 

Father's Day at the Goulbourn Museum

Enjoy Father's Day this year at the Goulbourn Museum. A new exhibit will explore medicine during the world wars while re-enactors from the WWI Canadian Army Medical Corps (recreated) will transform the grounds into a Forward Aid Post and Casualty Clearing Station.

Additional attractions will include Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary, an old-fashioned photo booth, vintage games (including wooden stilts), a caricature artist, children’s crafts and games, plus an ice cream vendor and a BBQ. And don’t miss our silent auction and a chance to bid on some amazing prizes including tickets to an Ottawa Senators’ home game. Children can also play in the revamped Village Store which now features costumes and food from the WWII era. It is also the new home of the Ashton General Store’s postal wicket which was generously donated to the Museum last month.

The fun takes place on Sunday, June 19th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Goulbourn Museum. Admission is free but you’ll want to bring some cash for lunch and treats (not to mention silent auction prizes!). The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit www.goulbournmuseum.

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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.