New watermain construction
Heritage Road and Meadowvale Boulevard. Project 15-1138
Peel Region will be working in your area to construct a new watermain along Heritage Road and Meadowvale Boulevard, as shown on the attached map. Watermains are underground pipes that bring tap water from our water treatment plants to your area. As our population grows, we need to build larger watermains to keep providing high quality water services.
Construction is planned to begin in Fall 2023 and be completed by the end of 2024. These timelines are estimates, as weather and other unexpected events may impact our timelines. All work is under warranty for two years from the completion date.
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Project details and working hours
The work will be completed by Ward & Burke and supported by consultant Ainley Group, both under contract to Peel Region. This work will be completed by both open cut methodology and via underground in tunnels, that will not require digging trenches in certain areas. Tunneling construction activities will be mainly limited to a few fenced areas which will provide access for the tunneling equipment to enter the tunnel. This contractor’s normal working hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. These hours are consistent with the local municipality’s bylaws. We understand this may cause some inconvenience, but shorter working days would require your area to be under construction for a longer period of time.
For tunneling works, consistent 24-hour work may be required of the tunneling machine to safely and efficiently complete the work. In this case, the contractor will apply for an exemption under the Noise Bylaw, so that work the tunneling work can be properly executed. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by this work.
We may need to temporarily reduce traffic lanes during construction. If we must reroute traffic, we will place signs giving directions.
Interrupting your water supply
We anticipate that this construction project may require temporarily shutting off your water.
- If a continuous water supply is required for your business and you have not already completed a water needs survey, please contact us to let us know when and how your business uses water.
- If we must shut off your water due to an emergency, we will knock on your door to alert you, and do everything we can to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
Areas impacted by construction
Installing watermains usually requires digging a trench within the municipal right-of-way, which includes the street and the land owned by the municipality between the water service box and the street. Depending on the location of the watermain, this trench might cause temporary damage to roads, curbs, sidewalks, boulevards, lawns, and the bottom of driveways within the municipal right-of-way.
Any damage caused by Peel Region’s construction will be repaired.
Tree protection and trimming
If tree branches within the municipal right-of-way interfere with construction, the trees will be pruned beforehand.
If tree branches on private property interfere with construction, they will be pruned back to the nearest suitable trunk or branch. The contractor will contact you before any pruning of private trees occurs. If you do not allow personnel onto your property to trim the tree, the branches will be cut vertically at the property line.
Repairing areas impacted by construction
We will start repairing the road, curb, sidewalk, driveways, parking lot and lawns once the new watermain is buried and commissioned.
Repairs may be delayed due to contractor availability or certain seasonal weather conditions.
- Paving cannot take place when the ground is saturated with water, or the temperature is below 3°C.
- Asphalt is not available in large volumes during the winter. Asphalt usually becomes available around mid-May.
- Most sod farms are located north of Peel. They usually have sod available beginning in late May. We will replace the sod on your property once it is available. We replace sod only until the middle of November, weather permitting, to let the sod grow roots. If we do not repair your lawn by the middle of November, we’ll replace the sod the following spring.
Repairing grassy areas
The contractor will replace any damaged sod (grass) on the boulevard or your front lawn and will take care of the new sod for 30 days. You can help the sod stay healthy by watering it. A longer ‘deep root watering’ works better to establish new sod than watering more frequently for a shorter time. Watering in the early morning allows more water to soak in instead of evaporating.
It may be necessary to block your driveway for a short time when crews are digging the trench for the watermain, replacing your water service box and pipe, or completing other construction activities. If so, we will knock on your door to notify you. If a trench prevents access to your driveway, the contractor will have metal road plates available to allow access if required. Whenever possible, we will work to ensure businesses can be accessed. Please contact us if you have special needs related to access.
You could feel slight vibrations from the construction work.
Safety during construction
Construction zones require extra caution to keep everyone safe – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and construction workers. When driving, walking, or biking through the construction area, please be aware of your surroundings, watch for construction crews and other road users, slow down, account for delays, and consider other routes if possible. To learn more about how to stay safe in construction zones, visit peelregion.ca/workzonesafety.
Keeping you informed
We will let you know if there are any major changes to the plans.
Information on this project can also be found peelregion.ca/pw/construction/bram/15-1138.htm.
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We value your feedback
After we have finished, we will invite you to provide feedback on the construction project.
You can sign up to receive this survey electronically at peelregion.ca/construction/signup.
Thank you for your patience as we complete this necessary work. This work will allow us to continue providing you with high quality tap water. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Water Linear Engineering
Engineering Services Division
Public Works, Peel Region
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4409