As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, crews and equipment will begin construction of the foundation for the new elevated rail flyover bridge just east of the existing Transitway overpass above Highway 174.
The East Rail Flyover Bridge will be built above westbound highway lanes, permitting the rail alignment to continue eastward within the centre median of Highway 174. This will be accommodated with the relocation of highway lanes outward, which began Fall 2019.
WHAT: Crews and equipment will be removing asphalt, excavating soil, working on utility lines, temporarily removing street lighting, and drilling the bridge foundation on the north side of Highway 174, and within the centre median.
WHEN: May 2020 through July 2021.
WHY: This work is required for the future Stage 2 LRT guideway and rail bridge construction to connect the existing Blair Station and the future Montreal Road Station. Overnight construction work is required in order to reduce traffic delays during daytime hours and to maintain the overall project completion schedule.
WHERE: Along Highway 174, east of Blair Road. The new rail flyover bridge will be built just east of the existing Transitway bridge, south of Gloucester High School.
HOURS: Projected daytime construction hours will be 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Intermittent, overnight construction hours will be 7:00 pm to 6:00 am Monday through Saturday.
Highway 174 westbound off-ramp at Blair Road will have some intermittent closures during overnight hours only. All lanes and ramps will be maintained during peak hours, although minor delays may occur while crews are working in the immediate area. Delays to transit service are not anticipated as dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes will be maintained during operations. Construction vehicles and equipment will continue to be active along the north and south sides of Highway 174.
Nightwork will occur intermittently under an approved and valid City of Ottawa Noise By-Law Exemption permit. Noise from trucks and equipment are expected to residents nearby intermittently at a moderate noise level, and infrequently at a high noise level. The safety of workers and the public is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.
Future work is required in this area. Additional construction updates including impacts of this work will be communicated via the Stage 2 project e-newsletter. To receive e-newsletter updates please sign up at ottawa.ca/Stage2 and click ‘Connect with us.’ For this area, be sure to select updates for ‘O-Train East’ and ‘Montreal Station.’
For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:
Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa