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Geotechnical borehole work on road

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Representatives of the City of Ottawa will be undertaking work in your neighbourhood.

What: Work will involve geotechnical borehole drilling equipment, operators and technicians to complete soil and groundwater sampling.

Why: The work is being performed in preparation for storm and sanitary sewer relocations adjacent to 1460 Riverside Drive.

When: This work will begin in January 2022 and should take approximately three weeks, weather dependent. Soil sample containers may remain on-site at some locations for an additional three (3) weeks, pending lab results prior to being removed.

Where: The work will take place on Riverside Drive, Terminal Avenue and the Transitway, in the vicinity of 1460 Riverside Drive.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained Robinson Consultants Inc. and their sub consultants Gemtec Ltd. and CCC Geotechnical and Environmental Drilling Ltd. to complete the work.


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Riverside Drive and Terminal Avenue will have nightly lane reductions between 9 pm and 7 am beginning on Monday, January 17 until mid-February for geotechnical storm and sanitary sewer investigative work. Signage will be in place and pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained.

Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties

This geotechnical work will require drilling boreholes into the road surface, which will be reinstated following drilling. It is not anticipated that private properties will be impacted by this geotechnical work.


You may notice noise during drilling. An exemption to the City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) has been approved to enable activity to occur weekdays at night-time between 10pm and 7am as a result of traffic lane restrictions during the daytime. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am and 10 pm, while Sundays, statutory and public holidays work is permitted between 9 am and 10 pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause.

Contact Information

To obtain any additional information on this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

City Project Manager
Stephen Gallagher(link sends e-mail), P.Eng., PMP.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction – Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 16011

Consultant Project Manager
David Reid(link sends e-mail), P.Eng.
Robinson Consultants Inc.
350 Palladium Drive, Suite 210
Ottawa, ON, K2V 1A8
Tel: 613-592-6060 ext.108

Planning and Development work in Riverview Park

Information about other infrastructure and development projects in Riverview Park is available on the Planning and Development page.

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