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Rideau Street Renewal (Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street)

Project Overview

Project limits and scope

Detailed design of Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street began in November 2015.  The project consists of the surface reconstruction of Rideau Street, including all roadway and streetscaping elements.  The detailed design is anticipated to be complete by the end of July 2016 and construction will be coordinated with the expansion of the Rideau Centre and the construction of the proposed LRT station on Rideau Street, currently underway.  Construction of a temporary sidewalk on the south side of Rideau Street in front of the Rideau Centre (from the Freiman Bridge Pedestrian Overpass to Nicholas Street) will commence in early summer 2016.

Key plan map showing project limits as outlined in the project limits and scope section

The works proposed include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Sidewalks, cycling facilities, and transit facilities;
  • Opportunities for street amenities including landscaping and public art;
  • Street lighting and regulatory signage;
  • Traffic control signal system;
  • Road structure and pavement;
  • Watermains, sanitary, storm and combined sewers;
  • Lateral services to the property line; and
  • Utilities as required.

Nicholas Street transformation

The City of Ottawa is also working with Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. (owner of the Rideau Centre) to transform Nicholas Street from Rideau Street to Besserer Street into a pedestrian public space, to be called Ogilvy Square.  As part of the Rideau / Arts Precinct, the space will support a variety of outdoor functions including cafes and programmable space for artistic installations and special events.  The detailed design for Ogilvy Square is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2016, with construction beginning May 2016.

Public involvement

The public is invited to attend a Public Information Drop-In Session to obtain information regarding the proposed works for both the detailed design of Rideau Street from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street and the detailed design of Nicholas Street (Ogilvy Square). Participants can provide feedback and comments to City staff and the design team. 

Public open house

What: The City is undertaking the detailed design for the renewal of Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street and is working with Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. (owner of the Rideau Centre) to transform Nicholas Street between Rideau Street and Besserer Street into a pedestrian public space. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting to receive information and to provide input regarding both phases of work.

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 5 to 7 pm

Where: Freiman Bridge Pedestrian Overpass, Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau Street

Why: The works for Rideau Street include significant improvements to the public realm and a full renewal of the streetscape.  The works for Nicholas Street include the permanent closure of the street to vehicular traffic and the addition of an enhanced pedestrian surface, street trees, bike parking, new spaces for outdoor patios and a programmable space for artistic installations and special events.

At the session, information regarding the process, project objectives and construction timelines will be presented.  Methods to manage traffic and disruption during the construction period will also be recommended.  City staff and their design team will be available to answer questions and engage in discussion.  This meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the project and to provide comments in a casual environment. Comment / questionnaire forms will be provided for written comments.

For further information or to provide comments, contact the City’s project contact at the address below.

Alison Lynch
Stakeholder Relations
O-Train Construction and Planning
City of Ottawa
Tel.: 613-580-2424 x17950

Open house boards (24 February 2016)

Welcome – overview

Purpose of the information session:

  • Inform you about the projects:
    • Rideau Street renewal
    • Nicholas Street transformation ‘Ogilvy Square’
  • Connect you to the project team
  • Receive your input on elements such as:
    • Sidewalks, cycling facilities, and transit facilities
    • Opportunities for street amenities including landscaping, potential patio space and public art
    • Construction timelines and potential disruption

Designs are in the process of being completed for each project.

 The proposed construction limits of the Rideau Street Phase III Detailed Design – in orange – from Sussex Street (project western limit) to Dalhousie Street (project eastern limit). The proposed construction limits of the Nicholas Street Transformation Design and Construction – in blue – from Rideau Street (project northern limit) to Besserer Street (project southern limit).

Project facts and design principles

Context

The renewal of Rideau Street, and the transformation of Nicholas Street into Ogilvy Square are two projects that implement the vision from the Rideau / Arts Precinct Public Realm Plan which was received by Council in 2014. That overall plan seeks to transform the area between the Central Business District / Parliament Hill, Byward Market / Lower Town, the Rideau Canal and the University of Ottawa / Sandy Hill neighbourhood.

Quick Facts

Rideau Street improvements / actions include:

  • Maintaining one all-purpose travel lane in each direction
  • New space along the street edge for on-street parking and loading
  • Significantly wider sidewalk
  • Improved landscaping and street furnishings (trees and surface pavers)
  • Consolidated OC Transpo and STO bus stops and shelters
  • Improved pedestrian crossings
  • Continuation of the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area's theme of “special effects” poles

Ogilvy Square improvements / actions include:

  • Closing Nicholas Street (from Rideau Street to Besserer Street) to vehicular traffic
  • A new pedestrian space with special surface pavers and pedestrian lighting
  • Extensive space for new patios
  • Programmable space for artistic installations and special events
  • Space for bicycle parking
  • Provision of the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area's “special effects” poles and other infrastructure

Design principles / objectives:

Rideau Street:

  • Support the success of Confederation Line's Rideau Station
  • Be the focus of pedestrian activity in the area
  • Be one of two bus-to-LRT interface zones serving Rideau Station
  • Be a retail theme street, with street-oriented store fronts
  • Provide opportunities for on-street parking, loading and service space for commercial vehicles

Ogilvy Square:

  • Be part of a vital pedestrian connection between Rideau Street and Laurier Avenue
  • Support outdoor functions, including public art, outdoor cafés, outdoor performance, etc.
  • Support retail and service uses along the street

Rideau Street (west – Sussex) [ PDF – 581 KB ]

Rideau Street (centre) [ PDF – 616 KB ]

Rideau Street (east to Dalhousie) [ PDF – 479 KB ]

Ogilvy Square [ PDF – 386 KB ]

View looking north toward Rideau Street.

This image illustrates the proposed design of Ogilvy Square at Besserer Street looking north toward Rideau Street.

View looking south toward Besserer Street.

This image illustrates the proposed design of Ogilvy Square at Rideau Street looking south toward Besserer Street.

View looking west on Rideau Street.

This image illustrates the proposed design of Rideau Street looking west toward Sussex Drive.

Rideau LRT Station entrance.

This image illustrates the integrated Rideau LRT Station entrance with Rideau Centre.

View looking north; entrance into William Street Mall including future Rideau LRT Station.

This image illustrates the integrated Rideau LRT Station entrance with buildings adjacent to the William Street Pedestrian Mall.  The image faces north toward Rideau Street.

Managing construction period disruption

The construction project activities will have the potential to impact businesses and residents along the corridor and the adjacent community. Future construction project activities will be coordinated with the expansion of the Rideau Centre and the construction of the future Confederation Line LRT station on Rideau Street, currently underway.  The projects will:

  • Establish, as an overall goal, that the time and extent of the construction projects' potential negative effects on adjacent businesses and landowners and on the surrounding community and its environment be minimized as much as practical
  • Place a priority on the need to retain a basic level of transportation accessibility to the street-fronting land uses, including pedestrian accessibility to building fronts
  • Provide for an acceptable level of service by emergency service vehicles
  • Acknowledge that the surrounding community may experience effects, particularly if traffic is temporarily routed along alternative streets
  • Limit Construction crew hours of work (typically 7 am to 5:30 pm weekdays), but special circumstances may arise
  • Prescribe construction mitigation requirements in detailed designs and tenders, to the degree possible.
  • Acknowledge potential for short-duration street closures to vehicle traffic

Schedule

Rideau Street

Completion of detailed design and construction drawings – Summer 2016

Completion of a temporary sidewalk on the south side of Rideau Street (between the Freiman Bridge Pedestrian Overpass to Nicholas Street) – Summer 2016

Construction of Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street - 2017 thru 2018 dependant on LRT construction

Place Ogilvy Square

Road closure of Nicholas Street from Rideau Street to Besserer Street – Spring 2016

Completion of detailed design and construction drawings – Spring 2016

Completion of Ogilvy Square; Rideau Centre official re-opening – Summer 2016

The next steps

The Project Team will review and evaluate comments from the public and agencies.

The Project Team will finalize the preliminary design and proceed with the detail design.

Contact information

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City's project contact at the address below.

Alison Lynch
Stakeholder Relations
O-Train Construction and Planning
City of Ottawa
Tel.: 613-580-2424 x17950