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(Updated 3:30 p.m., Jan. 16)

Part of Mer Bleue ski trail closed to allow work on former Ridge Road landfill site
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A 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.

A 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.

The 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.

Clean 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The $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.

The project is expected to be completed by December. It will leave a fenced-off area that’s between two and four metres deep at LeBreton Flats, staff told the NCC’s board, until decisions are made about who is building what.

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