Alexandra Avenue reconstruction

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Alexandra Avenue (Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street) is scheduled for reconstruction in 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 design is available through the embedded video on this page, or through the Project Library section. Please note that while the video states that comments will be received on the design until November 27, this is an error and we apologize for the confusion. Design comments will be open until Tuesday, November 24 as noted in the Public Information Centre package.

Alexandra Avenue (Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street) is scheduled for reconstruction in 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 design is available through the embedded video on this page, or through the Project Library section. Please note that while the video states that comments will be received on the design until November 27, this is an error and we apologize for the confusion. Design comments will be open until Tuesday, November 24 as noted in the Public Information Centre package.

Questions and answers that have been sent directly to the project team are available in the FAQ section, under the Project Timeline. You can also ask a question right here on the project page, and we will post a response as soon as we are able!

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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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.

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    I am concerned about the disruption to residential households during the COVID19 pandemic. High risk persons like myself cannot relocate to other houses during the construction to avoid construction noise, utilities shutdown, dust etc. Please inform us of your COVID19 plan for postponement / mitigation in Summer 2021.

    Steve M asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for the email and for sharing your concerns. The construction of Alexandra Avenue from Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street is scheduled for 2021. We will follow the applicable Provincial and Regional regulations and recommendations of public health officials in 2021 for COVID-19 spread prevention, and will be ensuring our contractors do the same. Dust is kept down by applying calcium chloride and/or water to the unpaved road when it is dry and dust becomes excessive. Noise is kept to working hours of 7am to 7pm Monday through Saturday as per the City’s Noise By-Law (2010-073). Disruption to households is an inevitable part of construction work, though we understand this and work with our contractors to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum for the residents in the area. Any planned water or sanitary service interruptions will be kept to a minimum and will be communicated in advance so residents can plan accordingly. Based on experience from similar road reconstruction projects the city has completed during this current 2020 construction season, homeowners have been able to manage the construction operations as in any other year. If you have any access concerns please provide details and we can do our best to accommodate during construction as necessary.

    We are working on our materials to display to the public on this website. We are expecting to post the information in November. This material will include an Information Package which will provide more detail on some of these issues. It will also contain a page on which the public can provide any comments and specific requirements to us so we can take these needs into account. If there are special deliveries, mobility issues, access requirements or any other specific needs required, please be sure to provide this information to us when the comment page is provided. This is very important to us.

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    1. Security Ave is the road just off Westmount on the other side of the parkade at the intersection of Westmount and Alexandra. Not only is the street surface here a bit bumpy with potholes, there’s another issue, there is water logging at the drain here after an intense shower. Not sure if this street renovation is part of your project plan, but mentioning these issues for your information. 2. There’s a missing sidewalk on the south side of Alexandra near the Lady of Lourdes school. With several families with kids living along this stretch they’re forced to walk on the street or cross dangerously. 3. The absence of a zebra crossing at the Security Ave/Alexandra crossing and also as the Hillcrest/Alexandra crossing makes it difficult for families with kids to safely navigate this stretch of road.

    Nachiket asked 3 months ago

    [For the purposes of this discussion, we will consider Westmount as oriented north-south, and Alexandra as oriented east-west] The intersection of Westmount Road South (Westmount) and Alexandra Avenue (Alexandra) will not be reconfigured significantly as part of this project. This project is to reconstruct Alexandra from Westmount to Lourdes Street. No work is proposed on the east side of Westmount. Additional pedestrian crossings will not be added as a part of this project. Pedestrians are encouraged to travel to the Dietz Avenue pedestrian crossing to cross Westmount in this area.

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    Will you be fixing the intersection with Westmount, which is impossible to safely walk up Westmount? The design of the intersection facilitates extremely high speed motorvehicle movements and provides little safety for pedestrians. The linked map provides suggested improvements, basically make the intersection more square with Westmount, to reduce crossing distances, and turn slip roads, again into 90 degree turns. See https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1sUDUF518YbhG7MTWzbheR9GdAsd_A9nz&usp=sharing https://twitter.com/danbrotherston/status/1315021450617774085

    danbrotherston asked 3 months ago

    [For the purposes of this discussion, we will consider Westmount as oriented north-south, and Alexandra as oriented east-west] The intersection of Westmount Road South (Westmount) and Alexandra Avenue (Alexandra) will not be reconfigured significantly as part of this project. This project is to reconstruct Alexandra from Westmount to Lourdes Street. No work is proposed on the east side of Westmount. The existing condition of the intersection is skewed, and the southbound right turn ‘slip lane’ has been removed and will not be reconstructed. We are not able to realign the intersection on one side of Westmount without making a very difficult and unsafe traffic maneuver for those looking to travel along Alexandra and cross Westmount. Any geometric modifications to the intersection would need to be made at the Regional level during a Westmount reconstruction project. There are no pedestrian crossing facilities at the Alexandra intersection, due in part to the geometry of Westmount at this location being a curve. This leads to poor sight lines and difficulty judging the travel speed of oncoming vehicles. Pedestrians are encouraged to walk to Dietz Avenue, approximately 75m north on Westmount, to the signalized pedestrian crossing to make their crossing of Westmount.