(Updated 3:30 p.m., Jan. 16)
of Mer Bleue ski trail closed to allow work on former
Ridge Road landfill site
By Fred Sherwin
section of the cross-country ski trail in the Mer Bleue
recreational area has been closed for the winter while
the NCC caps an old landfill site.
section of Trail 51 (formerly Trail 52) near Walkley and
Ramsayville Roads is closed while work goes on to cap
and reshape a former landfill on Ridge Road using contaminated
soil taken from LeBreton Flats. Other ski trails in the
Mer Bleue will remain open while the work is being done.
work was approved by the NCC in November. According to
the National Capital Commission, the soil that's being
taken from Lebreton Flats contains
acceptable concentrations of contaminant.
It is being used to stabilize the old landfill site and
improve drainage. The mediation should prevent further
soil erosion at the site and orevent garbage from coming
to the surface.
soil will be spread on top of the soil being taken from
Lebreton Flats and it the area will be landscaped with
indigenous vegetation. It is expected that between 90,000
cubic metres and 100,000 cubic metres of soil will be
moved to the site of the former Ridge Road landfill.
soil is being taken from LeBreton Flats as part of a larger
clean up operation to make way for the future develop.m.ent
of the site. The soil contains metals and hydrocarbons,
according to environmental assessment documents, as most
industrial and residential buildings there were destroyed
by a fire in 1900 that left the area covered in ash.
following decades saw residential and commercial use that
included service stations and scrap yards before all buildings
were demolished in the 1960s. Parts of the site were used
for snow dumping between 1970 and 1990.
$4.9-million soil remediation project will see earth removed
down to bedrock on 6.5 hectares bordered by Sir John A.
Macdonald Parkway to the north, an open aqueduct to the
south, Booth Street to the east and a stretch north of
Preston Street to the west.
project is expected to be completed by December. It will
leave a fenced-off area thats between two and four
metres deep at LeBreton Flats, staff told the NCCs
board, until decisions are made about who is building
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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