Ottawa - Reconstruction of Rideau Street will begin on Monday, June 25. This is the first phase of a two-year $28.9-million infrastructure renewal project along Rideau Street. This construction project will improve an important transportation link in Ottawa's downtown core by upgrading roadways and increasing cycling and pedestrian links, which will encourage economic development and tourism in the area.
The Rideau Street Renewal construction project will replace aging water and sewer pipes, which are up to 140 years old. This project will also replace a watermain, improve cycling connections, rebuild the deteriorating roadway and beautify the street with the addition of new trees, street furniture, sidewalks and artwork.
Beginning on July 9, Rideau Street will be reduced to westbound traffic only from King Edward Avenue to Dalhousie Street. Traffic detouring for eastbound traffic will be implemented prior to the start of construction. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to Besserer Street via Nicholas Street during this stage of construction. Eastbound general traffic on Besserer will be returned to Rideau Street via King Edward Avenue.
During phase one of the construction project, detours will divert traffic to Besserer, Murray and George Streets. Changes to traffic detouring, including OC Transpo and interprovincial trucking, will be communicated to the public through the project website, e-bulletins, and public service announcements. Transit riders may also visit www.octranspo.com for travel planning information.
Businesses will remain open and accessible on Rideau Street through the construction period.
The Rideau Street Renewal project is part of the Ottawa on the Move initiative that will allow the City to proceed with much needed city-building infrastructure projects. Ottawa on the Move will see roadwork and bridge repair, sidewalk upgrades, sewer and culvert improvements and cycling infrastructure investment across the length and breadth of Ottawa. This plan will maximize transportation choices for residents in advance of the light rail construction period and in advance of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Through the Ottawa on the Move program, $340 million worth of projects will be completed and a record amount of funding will go towards cycling initiatives.
Further information about the Rideau Street renewal project is available on ottawa.ca/rideaurenewal or by contacting 3-1-1, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents may also sign up for an e-newsletter on the project that will be distributed as there is news to report.
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