Community Townhall

Councillor Dudas will be holding a public community townhall regarding development application D02-02-19-0060, the upcoming proposal for the development of 3484 and 3490 Innes Road, by the Lépine Development Corporation.

Date: Wednesday, August 21
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Orléans Public Library, 1705 Orléans Blvd, Bériault room

Official Plan Workshop

Councillor Laura Dudas is hosting an Official Plan Workshop in partnership with the Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa (RAFO) and the City of Ottawa. Come share your vision for our city.

When: Wednesday, August 14
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: RAFO, 3349 Navan Road

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Stage 2 LRT Project Update

July 22, 2019 to August 4, 2019


  • Preparatory activities (borehole drilling, top soil stripping, site office mobilization, preconstruction surveys, etc.) are currently underway on each O-Train extension to facilitate the commencement of Stage 2 construction activities in 2019.

O-Train Trillium Line South Extension

  • Borehole drilling between Greenboro Station and Bayview Station 
    • Borehole drilling is scheduled to occur at night between late-July and mid-August between Greenboro Station and Bayview Station. This work will occur at night while the O-Train Trillium Line is not in service to minimize disruptions to transit operations.
    • Some hydrovacing is required at each station for utility investigations.
  • Preparatory works at Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility
    • In coordination with OC Transpo Rail Operations, preparatory works such as surveying, clean up, trackwork and fencing are underway at the future site of the new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility. 
  • Uplands Structures Yard set up
    • Light post installation is now complete. 
    • Crews will be connecting utilities to site trailers in preparation for occupation later this summer.
  • Jersey barrier installation
    • Crews will be installing jersey barriers overnight between late-July and mid-August at the following locations:
      • Airport Parkway
      • Uplands Drive
      • Lester Road
      • Leitrim Road
    • This work is scheduled to take place at night to minimize disruptions to local traffic.
  • Caisson drilling at future Trillium Line rail bridges
    • Caisson drilling is a method of creating structural foundations where boreholes are drilled and filled with concrete/reinforcing materials. These weight-bearing concrete columns (perhaps supplemented by steel cages or other reinforcements) can reach all the way down to the bedrock, providing for a much more stable base for large structures.
    • Caisson drilling is anticipated to begin later this summer in the following locations where new rail bridges will be constructed:
      • Airport Parkway
      • Uplands Drive
      • Lester Road
      • Leitrim Road
    • Crews have commenced construction of crane pads at all of the above locations to support upcoming drilling activities.
  • Crews have started to remove topsoil and lay gravel between Uplands Drive and the main Trillium Line. Excess soil is being trucked to the Bowesville/Earl Armstrong laydown site and stockpiled for future use. Once complete, crews will commence topsoil removal activities between Uplands Drive and Airport Station.
  • Noise and Vibration monitoring
    • Baseline noise and vibration monitoring is underway at properties near the Trillium Line alignment to ensure that construction and rail activities comply with applicable regulations and requirements.

O-Train Confederation Line East Extension

  • Borehole drilling is currently underway along OR 174 between Blair Road & Trim Road (night work).
  • Pre-construction surveys
    • East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. They will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to construction.
  • East day-to-day work yard set up (Montreal Road and OR 174)
    • Crews have completed the installation of the granular pad and fencing.
    • Utility work and site servicing to follow.
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-today yard.

O-Train Confederation Line West Extension

  • Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations:
    • Lincoln Fields Station
    • Between Pinecrest Station & Connaught Tunnel
    • Bayshore Station
    • Lincoln Fields Tunnel Portal
    • West of Moodie Station 
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works
    • The Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue.
    • Crews have commenced preparatory activities to realign the SJAM by installing signage, fencing and temporary concrete barriers. 
    • Topsoil removal is underway. 
    • Roadworks are anticipated to begin in areas where topsoil removal has been completed.
    • Off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue are anticipated to occur until late October. Eastbound and Westbound traffic will be maintained at all times.
    • The City of Ottawa continues to coordinate with the NCC’s Public Affairs Office to provide appropriate public notification (signage, resident notices, web updates, etc.) 
  • West day-to-day work yard set up
    • Work has commenced to construct granular pad near Baseline Road and Navaho Drive/Transitway to support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-to-day yard. 
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities.
  • Building demolition
    • Building demolition is scheduled to occur in September 2019 within the project limits:
      • On the east side of Connaught Avenue between Severn Avenue and Hanlon Avenue (three houses) 
      • On Richmond Road, east of Cleary Avenue (one strip mall). 
  • Rochester Field Archeological Investigation 
    • In coordination with the NCC and local indigenous stakeholders, EWC is performing an archeological investigation at Rochester Fields. 
    • Once complete, work will commence to transition this location to a laydown area.
  • Pre-construction surveys
    • East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. As indicated in the east update, DST will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to the start of construction.

Stage 1 LRT reaches substantial completion

I have been advised that the City and Independent Certifier are in agreement on Stage 1 LRT reaching substantial completion. The update below highlights the criteria for a successful testing period, as well as the remaining activities in this project. I am pleased to hear of the progress made to date, and look forward to Innes ward benefitting from the long-awaited transit system upgrade.

Brian Coburn Extension Update

Today, city staff have come back with an update on the Brian Coburn Extension project. I am pleased to see progress on this very important file, as Innes Ward both needs and deserves adequate roadway infrastructure for residents. I will continue to work with the community and city staff to ensure the needs of our community are being met.

The key points in this update are:

  • The expanded project scope, which includes the widening of Blair Road for combined bus only and high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
  • The short-listing of the roadway and Bus Rapid Transit proposals from seven to four viable options.
  • The evaluation criteria for the four remaining options developed in consultation with the NCC.

Staff have additionally advised that the next steps for this project will include further community consultations, with an additional open house expected to take place this fall. During this consultation period, they will present the following information:

  • Evaluation and assessment of the four roadway and bus rapid transit ultimate options and the recommended option.
  • Recommended short-term and affordable Transit Priority solutions (Chapel Hill Park and Ride to Blair Road at Innes Road).
  • Recommended design options for the Blair Road widening for Transit Priority.

For more information on this project, including plans highlighting the four shortlisted options, please visit:

Federal government adds $1 Million to planned arena renovation

Today, the federal government announced it was joining the City of Ottawa and providing $1 million towards the renovation and expansion of the Blackburn Arena. This renovation is a key infrastructure renewal project for the City, one that invests in the local community to make the arena a more inclusive and functional space. With the federal government providing $1 million, the City of Ottawa is providing the balance of approximately $4 million for the total $5 million project.

 “As a city, we need to continue to invest in our community facilities. The arena is a true community hub, where families have come to play sports and participate in events for decades. These investments in our community’s social assets are just as important as other city infrastructure projects, and today’s announcement ensures that we are leaving a legacy to future generations,” said Innes Ward Councillor Laura Dudas.

The Blackburn Arena renovation is the product of much community consultation and negotiation with the different levels of government. The renovation will include two alternate needs rooms, four new dressing rooms, a community multi-purpose space for events, and an expanded front lobby. The proposed project is expected to begin construction in summer of 2020

Still currently in the design phase, the renovation of the Blackburn Arena is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

LRT Stage 1 Update

Today, I have been updated with news from OC Transpo having received a submission from Rideau Transit Group (RTG), which in their opinion have reached substantial completion on the Stage-1 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

The current status of the LRT project is that the train will undergo 12 days of rigorous testing by an independent certifier to ensure any deficiencies are corrected by the transit consortium.

The purpose of the testing will be to address :

  • Safety
  • Operational testing (Travel times for peak and off-peak period)
  • Maintenance activities
  • Vehicle performance
  • Customer care systems testing

During this testing period trains will possibly not be moving on tracks, however testing is being done on other portions of the project. Upon completion of the testing period, if successful, RTG will handover the project to the City of Ottawa to continue testing procedures as part of its agreement to reach Revenue service availability.

Mise à jour sur l’étape 1 du TLR

Aujourd’hui, j’ai été mise au courant qu’OC Transpo a reçu une soumission du Groupe de Transport Rideau, qui, à leur avis, a pratiquement terminé le projet de train léger sur rail (TLR) de la phase 1.

L’état actuel du projet de TLR est que le train sera soumis à 12 jours d’essais rigoureux par un organisme de certification indépendant afin de s’assurer que le consortium de transport en commun corrige toute lacune.

Le but de l’essai sera de répondre aux questions suivantes :

  • Sécurité
  • Essais de fonctionnement (temps de déplacement en période de pointe et en période creuse)
  • Activités d’entretien
  • Performances du véhicule
  • Test des systèmes d’assistance à la clientèle

Au cours de cette période d’essai les trains ne circuleront peut-être pas sur les voies, mais des essais sont effectués sur d’autres parties du projet. À la fin de la période d’essai, si le projet est accepté, le GTR le remettra à la ville d’Ottawa pour qu’elle poursuive les procédures d’essai dans le cadre de son entente visant à assurer la disponibilité des services payants.