Half Loads and how they could affect your spring building project


During the spring thaw, (usually anywhere from early March to the second or third week of May) the melting frost makes pavement less able to support the weight of heavy vehicles. In order to protect roads from unnecessary damage the City of Ottawa, all the surrounding townships and The Province (in consultation with Environment Canada) will impose load restriction on most truck routes. During the restriction period “Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 5 tonnes or 11,000 lbs per axle are prohibited on roads where restrictions signage is posted and on all roads identified as restricted on the truck route maps.” http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/tra...

Permits and Inspections


When beginning a new project most people are aware that you will need to obtain a building permit “for the construction of a new building” or for “an addition or alteration of any building or structure with a building area of over 10 square meters (approximately 108 square feet)” http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/building-and-renovating/do-i-need-building-permit/projects-requiring-building-permit .
However, many first time builders are less clear on the other inspections and permits that may be required during the process of building your foundation. Below we have outlined some of the more common inspections and permits that might also be necessary:

Soil Capacity Test

Building in Winter


A question we get asked a lot in January and February is whether it is possible to build a foundation in the cold winter months. The short answer is “yes” we work and create quality foundations year round. But the winter months do come with a special set of challenges for foundation building the first being:

Ground Frost*

Foundations cannot be built on ground that is frozen. Period. Frost occurs when water in the soil freezes expanding by 10% causing everything built on it to shift with it. (After the foundation is backfilled the footings will be below the frost line). Any ground that is not solid bedrock will be susceptible to frost (with clay and silt soils being the most susc...

Welcome to the 2015 Construction Season

The sun is shining, winter concrete rates are over and Manotick Concrete is gearing up for our busiest season yet. We are looking forward to renewing many of the relationships we have formed over the past 42 years as a concrete forming company, and we are anxious to forge many new associations this season. Please enjoy looking over our new website. When you are ready to get started on your next project we would be thrilled to hear from you.


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