Alexandra Avenue reconstruction

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Alexandra Avenue (Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street) is scheduled for reconstruction starting May 31, 2021. As part of this reconstruction, the street will be dug up, underground infrastructure replaced and the street rebuilt. The new design for the street will take into consideration the next 50 years of use, and follow the applicable regulations (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Ministry of the Environment, etc.), city policies, the Transportation Master Plan and other guiding documents.

Residents are currently able to review the proposed design, which takes into account the various City Master Plans and policies. The final design drawings are available in the Project Library section, and so is a Public Information Package with information about how the construction work may impact you. Please continue to let us know as soon as possible if you have any special access or health concerns we need to be made aware of during construction.


Alexandra Avenue (Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street) is scheduled for reconstruction starting May 31, 2021. As part of this reconstruction, the street will be dug up, underground infrastructure replaced and the street rebuilt. The new design for the street will take into consideration the next 50 years of use, and follow the applicable regulations (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Ministry of the Environment, etc.), city policies, the Transportation Master Plan and other guiding documents.

Residents are currently able to review the proposed design, which takes into account the various City Master Plans and policies. The final design drawings are available in the Project Library section, and so is a Public Information Package with information about how the construction work may impact you. Please continue to let us know as soon as possible if you have any special access or health concerns we need to be made aware of during construction.


Questions

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    We are at 205 Alexandra Ave. The apron of our driveway is currently very steep and therefore cars scrape as they drive in and out. When this is replaced, could this be taken into consideration and the grading be fixed to prevent this from happening? Thanks!

    Andrew and Susan asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The driveway in question, along with all other driveways along the project limits, have been designed to match existing conditions or be improved. This driveway will see an improvement in the slope of the driveway apron.

    In the image below, you can see a dashed line – this line indicates the existing ground. The solid lines indicate the proposed ground. You can see the proposed slopes are flatter than the existing ones, indicating improved driveway slopes.

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    ...how wide are the boulevards? 210 Alexandra ... .and then....what determines tree removal?...can you have a tree right beside the sidewalk?

    Raymond Lamarche asked 9 months ago

    Updated drawings will be provided once the contract has been awarded which will provide details of the boulevard widths, service locations etc. Tree removals are determined based off anticipated and actual impacts to the tree’s root systems. In some cases, trees are not able to be saved due to their location, however the City and its consultant engineering team have made every effort to reroute services and to install works using trenchless methods to limit impacts to trees. Trees can exist beside sidewalks, though typically the growth of the tree will heave the sidewalk panels, creating tripping hazards, so this is carefully managed to balance minimal impacts to trees with the longevity of City infrastructure.

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    When is the project starting. The last update for this seems to be from November.

    Nike Fitzsimmons asked 7 months ago

    Construction is tentatively expected to begin on May 31st, but this is subject to change. We are currently working to award the contract to one of the bidders we received on the open tender which closed April 28th. Once this contract is awarded, more information will be posted to this page to provide contact information, updated drawings, schedule information, and other important details relating to the upcoming construction.

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    What is the motivation for 2m sidewalks? Potential downsides of wider sidewalks for residents include more snow shovelling, more salt, and more impervious surface area around the trees. The sidewalks between Melbourne and Westmount get busy at school times, but those between Lourdes and Melbourne are never busy, so the upsides aren't obvious to me there. I’ve walked in the area daily for years, including many times with a stroller. I haven't found the current width to be a limitation personally, except right around the Empire Public School entrance at the beginning and end of the school day.

    Bryan Tripp asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. The widening is being made to improve pedestrian usability and safety of the road. The City is reviewing the benefits against the cost of the enhanced sidewalk widths west of Melbourne and will ensure the correct decision is being made in this regard.

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    I have a couple of questions, first is the widening of the sidewalks. Will this be expanded towards the curb, taking the extra space from the boulevard? Second would be more of a comment but the parking on the south side of the street doesn't make a lot of sense. All cars entering the neighborhood (especially dropping kids off) enter from Westmount, meaning they are on the north side of the street. in order to park on the South side they would have to either do 3 point turns or use our driveways to turn around in order to park on the South side. This could be a safety concern with a lot of young children walking to school and cars turning around in order to park. Seems parking would be beneficial on the side of the incoming traffic. A couple years back they made parking on the North side only during winter months as the road go to narrow for the school buses with parking on both sides. Thanks

    Nike Fitzsimmons asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. Referring to the sidewalk widening, the new sidewalk will generally follow the existing sidewalk alignment, and the widening will occur according to best fit. What this means is in some locations the widening will be on the house side, and other locations the widening will be on the road side, and yet others it might be a little bit of both ways. We will be making the decision on a case by case basis in order to impact the least amount of street features (utility poles, bell and tv pedestals, landscaping, trees etc). In general will aim to take the widening to the street side to impact driveway parking the least amount possible.

    Referring to the parking location, specifically adjacent to the school, we understand that getting into the parking spaces may now take a little more driving and maneuvering. We expect these same movements were occurring in the current configuration so people could leave the neighbourhood. We are trading the maneuvers from after pick-up/drop-off for them happening before in order to have the children and the vehicles they are getting into/out of to be on the same side of the road. This reduces/eliminates road crossings for the children and parents. We understand Westmount is the major connector where vehicles come from, and also understand by the same logic Westmount is the same road most cars are driving towards.

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    Will entrances to our driveways be made wider than they currently are, and will they be tapered? the adjacent streets that have been updated have a tapered entrance to the driveway. Currently they are very narrow and straight causing vehicles to have to approach very wide to avoid running over the curb when entering. Thanks

    Nike Fitzsimmons asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your comment. In general, the driveway ramps will be replaced to match the width of the driveway on the private-side of the sidewalk, with a flare as required to aid in turning into the driveway.

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    Does this include, or will there be plans, to add a sidewalk to Melbourne as well? Several students walk to school along this street, which is shared with leaves (in the fall), snowbanks (in the winter), speeding parents (who forget that they're in a school zone after dropping off kids), and a speeding school bus that comes through at 9:10. Frankly, it's terrifying walking my son along this street, but there are no alternatives.

    pmitchell asked about 1 year ago

    The scope of this project and work only includes Alexandra Street. Neighbouring streets may be addressed with future work, and will be open for feedback as part of that process.

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    The tree between 254 Alexandra and 256 Alexandra needs to be removed.....it is right against the driveway and the sidewalk and is impeding the growth of 2 other healthy trees.....can that happen during this upheaval?

    jt asked about 1 year ago

    This tree was identified to us earlier in the project. City Forestry staff have inspected the tree and find it in need of pruning only. This work will be completed as routine maintenance work at the earliest opportunity

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    can we bury the hydro lines @ during this project? safer, more reliable and better astetics.

    Bill Trick asked about 1 year ago

    The power lines are not City owned infrastructure and therefore will not be replaced, buried or otherwise modified as part of this project.

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    Our residence on Alexandra still has the original old black pipe laterals for sewer connections to the city mains. What provisions (if any) should individual householders make for replacement of the old black pipe with modern pipe laterals before, during, or after the installation of new sewer lines along Alexandra. Who pays for what under these arrangements.

    Steve M asked about 1 year ago

    As per City of Waterloo By-Law 2013-114, Section 8, Paragraph 8.6, “Where bituminous fibre pipe has been installed by the City and pipe failures occur, the City shall be liable for the costs of replacing as much of the bituminous fibre pipe where appropriate, considering the circumstances. Reinstatement of existing lawns, driveways, and walks will be undertaken by the City to the condition before the replacement. Trees or shrubs lost during the reconstruction will be replaced to a standard deemed appropriate by the City.”

    In general terms, bituminous fibre pipe (aka black pipe) services will be replaced up to the face of the building. This may require access into the homes during construction to understand the connection to the internal plumbing and how best to replace or repair the existing black pipe service. 

    The City has flagged a number of such services along the length of the project area. If you are aware that your sanitary service is black pipe, please respond to the coming PIC information with this information to ensure we account for this replacement during design.

Page last updated: 02 September 2021, 11:31