East-West Bikeway – Laurier Avenue (Nicholas Street to Waller Street)

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Project status
Planned

Project overview

Project description

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design and construction of protected signalized intersections at Nicholas Street/Laurier Avenue and Waller Street/Laurier Avenue.

These intersections will be connected by new cycle tracks on both sides of Laurier Avenue from Nicholas Street to Waller Street. A resurfacing of Laurier Avenue from Nicholas Street to Waller Street will also be included in our work. Additional resurfacing along the northbound lanes of Nicholas Street from Laurier Avenue to Besserer Street is included in this work as well. Upgrades will be done to convert the existing transit facilities on Waller Street between Nicholas Street and Laurier Avenue to accommodate the new post LRT transit network and a new bi-directional cycling facility will be provided to connect the existing cycling facilities on Stewart to our new facilities along Laurier Avenue.

This project will address this missing links and improve the connections from downtown eastwards, as well as connecting to Cross-town Bikeways #3 and #4. Upon its completion, the enhanced cycling facilities will separate cyclists from mixed traffic, greatly improving the level of comfort and safety for all users. The design will integrate connections with the Mackenzie King Bridge via the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway and will include safety measures such as separated signal phasing and protected intersection crossings.

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Of the project limits on Laurier Avenue from Nicholas Street to Waller Street, and Nicholas Street from Laurier Avenue to Besserer Street.

Project timing

The project design is complete and is currently being tendered with construction anticipated to begin in spring 2022.
Construction will continue through to the end of summer 2022.

For daytime construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255). Night time work will proceed with an approved exemption to the City’s Noise By-law.

Project budget

Approved project funds to date are $5.6 million.

Public engagement

Online public consultations for the Laurier Bikeway were completed in 2019. If you wish to provide comments related to the project, please contact the City Project Manager noted below.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require a disability-related accommodation, please contact the project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

COVID-19

The City of Ottawa, in its commitment to protecting people and the community, continues to work closely with the industry and to comply with recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Contact information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.
For further information about this project, please contact the City’s Project Manager:

City Project Manager
Kyle Delaney
Infrastructure Projects
Design and Construction - Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 26856

Contract Administrator
Brian Bellenger
Senior Contract Administrator
WSP Canada Inc.
Tel: 613-618-3845

Contractor Representative
Matthew Raymond
Project Manager
Aecon Construction Ontario East Limited
Tel: 613-806-5820

Bus detour notice (September 2022)

In September, the City of Ottawa will be undertaking construction work on Laurier Avenue from Waller Street to Nicholas Street and on Nicholas Street from Laurier Avenue to Besserer Street. This work is being done in order to improve pedestrian, cyclist and transit facilities in the area following the removal of the Stage 1 LRT transit detours. 

To facilitate construction, a temporary detour of OC Transpo buses will be necessary to maintain bus services in your community. Consequently, buses will be detoured onto your street from September 14 to September 23, 2022.

What: Bus route(s) no. 16, 19, 39 (night service), 45 (night service) and 97 (night service) in the westbound direction will be detoured onto Cumberland Street.

Why: The temporary OC Transpo buses detour is necessary to facilitate the construction activities.

When: The detour will be from Wednesday, September 14 until Friday, September 23.

Where: Detour routing:

  • Bus route(s) no. 16, 19, 39 (night service), 45 (night service) and 97 (night service) will be detoured onto your street due to paving operations on Nicholas Street from Laurier Avenue to Besserer 

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Aecon Construction Ontario East Limited, to complete the work.

Transit users can visit octranspo.com and use the travel planner or detour listing to see if their regular trips are affected. OC Transpo Customer Relations can be reached at 613-842-3600.

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business. As you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, noise, dust and vibration. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Map showing mentioned bus routes being detoured onto Cumberland Street.

Construction notice (March 2022)

Beginning in April, the City of Ottawa will start construction on the Waller Street Transit Improvements and Nicholas/Laurier Protected Intersection project.

What: The proposed works include new protected intersections at the intersections of Waller Street/Laurier Avenue and Nicholas Street/Laurier Avenue, a new bi-directional cycle track along the east side of Waller Street between Laurier Avenue and Nicholas Street, a reinstated concrete sidewalk along the east side of Nicholas Street south of Laurier Avenue and the resurfacing of Nicholas Street north of Laurier Avenue to Besserer Street.

Why: The work is being completed in order to improve pedestrian, cyclist and transit facilities in the area following the removal of the Stage 1 LRT transit detours.

When: Construction will start in April 2022 and is to be completed by the end of summer 2022.

Where: Waller Street between Laurier Avenue and Nicholas Street (including the intersection of Waller Street/Laurier Avenue), Nicholas Street from 150 metres south of Laurier Avenue to Besserer Street (including the intersection of Nicholas Street/Laurier Avenue) and Laurier Avenue from Nicholas Street to Waller Street.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Aecon Construction Ontario East Limited, to complete the work.

Traffic impacts

The construction is within the City’s right of way. Residents can expect construction traffic and activity along Laurier Avenue, Nicholas Street and Waller Street. All traffic movements are to remain open during peak periods. Lane restrictions during off-peak periods are permitted. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained through the work zone at all times during construction.

OC Transpo impacts

Impacts are expected to be minor.

Pre-construction survey

The contractor will be performing a pre-construction survey of all buildings and landscapes within the project limits to document their current conditions prior to the commencement of construction.

Construction disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business. As you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as traffic delays, noise and dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255). As the site is located in the urban core and due to the daytime traffic restrictions in effect, night work will be required over the course of the project.