Ottawa landscaping firm gets $2.13M contract for Gatineau street work

The National Capital Commission on Tuesday awarded a $2.13-million contract to Ottawa’s Exel Contracting to upgrade a section of Laurier Street in Gatineau in front of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

The project, which will take place between Alexandra Bridge to Victoria Street, includes replacing aging granite pavement on the sidewalks with more durable concrete pavers and planting new trees.

It is part of the federal Crown corporation’s strategy to rehabilitate Confederation Boulevard, the ceremonial route that also includes sections of Sussex Drive, Wellington Street and Elgin Street.

Also Tuesday the NCC approved a plan Tuesday to relocate two heritage residential buildings on Sussex Drive after the City of Ottawa nixed a request to demolish the historic homes.

The row homes at 275-279 Sussex Dr. were built between 1903 and 1905, and the home at 273 Sussex Dr. was constructed in 1946.

The NCC wanted to raze the buildings and have the eastbound lane cut through the property as part of its project to realign Sussex Drive and “smooth out” a curve near the homes.

But Ottawa council rejected that proposal and called for the buildings to be preserved.

Under the deal the NCC approved Tuesday, the city will cover most of the cost of relocating the homes about eight to nine metres from their current location. The NCC will chip in $150,000.

The housing relocation is part of a $21-million project to rebuild a section of Sussex Drive between King Edward Avenue and St. Patrick Street.

The NCC is contributing about $4.43 million toward the plan, which includes adding two bike lanes, widening sidewalks and installing landscaped medians along the stretch.