City officials marked the start of Ottawa’s construction season with an event Monday in Barrhaven, as City Hall geared up to spend $702 million over the next few months on municipal infrastructure improvements, including $112 million to rebuild bustling Strandherd Drive. to broaden.
Collectively, there are 600 ongoing construction projects in Ottawa, with $118 million earmarked for the reconstruction of integrated road, water and sewage systems. The Council will also spend $47 million on buildings and parks, and $45 million on structures and bridges.
The number of active municipal infrastructure projects is increasing in Ottawa during the warmer months, as the harsh winter weather makes it difficult and costly to carry out this work.
Chairman of the Transport Committee Count. Tim Tierney, who joined the staff and Barrhaven Coun. Before Monday’s media event, Jan Harder thanked residents for their “continued patience and support” during the construction season, which has come with numerous road and lane closures and diversions.
Tierney and Harder spoke from the location of the Strandherd Drive widening project, which the city says will reduce congestion along the busy road and also increase access for cyclists and pedestrians. It is expected to be completed sometime earlier than the original fall 2023 target date.
“Strandherd Drive widening is a large and complex infrastructure project,” Harder says. “We are very pleased that construction is currently ahead of schedule.
Strandherd Drive is an important route in fast-growing Barrhaven. The sprawling neighborhood’s population is expected to grow by 37 percent by 2031, compared to 19 percent for Ottawa itself. according to the Barrhaven Business Improvement Association.
Tammy Rose, Ottawa’s general manager of infrastructure and water management, acknowledged in an interview that the “busy construction season” would impact traffic.
“We do know that construction can be disruptive, and it’s a short-term pain for a longer-term gain.”
The TomTom Traffic Index ranks Ottawa as the ninth worst traffic of all cities in Canada. The city’s drivers reportedly lose 41 hours of their time to traffic each year.
Rose said construction projects this year are aimed at improving and upgrading Ottawa’s infrastructure so that it can meet the city’s future needs and boost economic development.
“It’s not just about infrastructure, it’s about economic development opportunities,” Rose says. “All the improvements to those local communities also help economic growth. You need a good infrastructure to promote growth.”
However, in recent weeks, several construction trade unions have gone on strike and Rose said the city is monitoring the situation and how it will affect public projects.
“At this point, we have determined that the Ādisōke library is affected,” she said, referring to the new joint Ottawa Public Library and Library Archives Canada facility.
“Hopefully they reach a solution soon, but it will have an impact on the planning for the library project.”
The project was halted earlier this month due to strikes by the crane operators’ union.
Breakdown of Ottawa’s 2022 Infrastructure Improvement Budget $702 Million
- $88 million for road rehabilitation, including resurfacing, geotechnical engineering, guide rails, rural road upgrades and conservation treatments
- $45 million for structures and bridges
- $18 million for divers
- $47 million for buildings and parks
- $11.5 million for sidewalks and paths
- $118 million for integrated road, water and sewer reconstruction projects
Source: City of Ottawa