Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Goulbourn Forced Road Closure

Councillor’s update August 1, 2018: The project manager for the builder has requested an extension of the closure until December 21st, 2018. They indicated that the extra time was required due to a number of factors that required them to go back to the drawing board to revise their plan regarding the shoring design for safety purposes as well as their construction methodology. The issue is the depth of peat at the wetlands is deeper and more difficult to remove safely and it needs to be removed for construction of the road. While I understand that the extension is required, I am very disappointed that the road will be closed for a much longer time then initially approved (and that continued to be confirmed as the date earlier in July). I Know that residents and commuters will face additional frustration and traffic issues due to this closure. Although they have assured me and City staff that they will do everything they can to accelerate the process, I’m not holding my breath.

Councillor’s update May 24, 2018:  On Terry Fox, a major watermain is being installed and it is to be completed by the end of June.  They were supposed to keep a route open and they have a section of the road available but it is tricky as they encountered more rock than expected, which means their work will take longer. For safety reasons, it will have to have to temporarily closed off – but it will be available again in the summer.

The new part of the Goulbourn Forced Road will be built by the end of August and it will include bike lanes (though only for a short distance). Until the rest of that road is built, the part of the road through the woods will be narrow.  In the long run, that part will be a pedestrian/cycling way but I don’t yet have a timeline.

The connection across the KNL lands by the Beaver Pond is expected to be under development this fall – they just need a provincial permit for drainage which is now with the province.  The design has already been approved by the City so we expect for it to be available within a few months.  When construction begins, that part of the KNL lands will begin extensive blasting to put in the road and services.  During that phase of construction the paths along the north side of the pond will be closed for safety reasons.  Once the roads are in place, there will be a route (with bike lanes) along the extension of Walden and Solandt to the railway track where cyclists can access the trails north of the track.

Update May 2, 2018: The contractor has let me know that the path was accidentally blocked last weekend and access for pedestrians and cyclists should be open on future weekends.

For your safety and that of the workers, please follow the signage posted during the week (i.e. do not walk or bike on the roadway during the week). The contractor has let us know that access may be completely restricted in the future due to safety and liability concerns if signage is not followed.

Update April 24, 2018: We have received the following update from the Ottawa Greenbelt: 

Just north of Kanata Rockeries Private, where Beaver Pond and Kizell Pond are located, the shoring company is placing piles on the west side of Goulbourn Forced Road. The access through Goulbourn Forced Road is now a safety concern for pedestrians and cyclists, and will need to be closed during the week. Access will be available on weekends until further notice. Once the west side shoring is complete, excavation of the peat material will begin, which will then be trucked off site. Similar shoring and peat removal operations will then occur on the east side of the road. These operations will be ongoing for approximately two months.

Further north, but just south of Shirley’s Creek, sub-contractors are replacing hydro poles, and drilling and blasting in the roadway. The blasted rock has created an uneven surface and creates a safety concern at this point on Goulbourn Forced Road as well. Best efforts will be made to have this area safe and open to pedestrians and cyclists on weekends. These operations will also be ongoing for approximately two months.

Near Terry Fox Drive and Old Second line, drilling and blasting operations will commence within the next week or so. Work will start near the new school property, working eastbound on Terry Fox Drive toward Old Second Line. During this work, there will be no traffic lane reductions. The bike lane will be routed onto the existing multiuse pathway, which will remain open for the duration of the project. There will be some intermittent interruptions on Terry Fox Drive, but only for a few minutes at a time, during the blasting procedures. Ottawa Greenbelt will provide advanced notice, as well as notice during blasting, using portable variable message signs on Terry Fox in either direction.  Interruptions to traffic on Terry Fox Drive will be restricted to weekdays between 9:00am and 3:30pm. Once started, this work is estimated to last for approximately six weeks.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at marianne.wilkinson@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2474.

Update April 11, 2018: The no pedestrian/cyclist sign will be taken down at the Goulbourn Forced Road and pedestrians and cyclists allowed to enter from April 13 to April 23. After that, there will be work taking place in the vicinity that will be dangerous (like blasting and shoring) but I am communicating with the project manager to have pedestrian access available on weekends, particularly to connect the paths on either side of the wetland, during this time.

Note about blasting: To find the vibration readings generated by Explotech Engineering from the Goulbourn Forced Road blasting, please go to the Dropbox folder here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at Marianne.wilkinson@ottawa.ca or my staff contact, Amy Zhou at amy.zhou@ottawa.ca.

Goulbourn Forced Road will be closed from Keyrock Drive (right after the Rockeries) to Innovation Drive (just before the entrance to the Richcraft Recreation Centre Kanata) from February 12, 2018 to August 28, 2018 to allow for blasting, underground infrastructure installation (such as the construction of a watermain, sanitary and sewer) and more.

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Please note:

  • Residents in the surrounding areas (Keyrock, Badgeley, Remnor, Kanata Rockeries, Goulbourn Forced Road), in addition to businesses on Innovation between Terry Fox and Hines, and on Hines from dead end to Solandt, as well as RRCK, will be notified.
  • There will be access for houses and businesses at all time (including emergency vehicle access).
  • Signs will be installed and present around the area detailing how long the road will be closed.
  • Councillor Wilkinson and the city have requested a safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists along Goulbourn Forced Road that must be provided at all times, unless due to the nature of the work, it is unsafe to do so. The Contractor is to make every effort to minimize the duration that pedestrian and cyclist access along Goulbourn Forced Road is prohibited. When required, the Contractor is to provide traffic control persons to guide pedestrians and cyclists.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Amy Zhou in my Office (amy.zhou@ottawa.ca) or Stacey Rathwell (Stacey.rathwell@ottawa.ca), Traffic Operational Studies Officer.