Project limits and scope
The City of Ottawa is undertaking the detailed design and construction of a renewed Rideau Street, from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street.
The project involves the reconstruction of the streetscape elements and transportation components within the Rideau Street right of way.
This project also includes the renewal of a portion of William Street, between George Street and Rideau Street, which is a pedestrian street.
Off-site work includes repairs/modifications to existing street furnishings in previous phases of construction on Rideau Street and Ogilvy Square.
Public realm and streetscaping design
Rideau Street is an important public space within downtown Ottawa. The design for renewed corridor will:
- Renew the street surface infrastructure
- Increase pedestrian space to serve the needs of the LRT Confederation Line Rideau Station.
- Create a memorable experience for visitors
- Add street greening
- Be flexible and maintainable
- Pursue a balance of functionality and aesthetics
- Create an inviting and accessible place for everyone
- Create a bike friendly infrastructure
The streetscaping strategy for Rideau Street and William Street is reflective of the historic nature of the corridor, but will also incorporate contemporary elements to ensure a timeless design.
The design includes an integrated family of streetscaping elements that are in keeping with the renewed portion of Rideau Street east of Dalhousie. These elements include benches, waste receptacles, pedestrian lighting, bicycle parking, bollards, street trees, special effects (FX) poles, and pavers.
Newly reopened Rideau Street
Aerial view of reopened Rideau Street
Newly reopened William Street
LED Street lighting
The proposed LED street and pedestrian lighting for Rideau Street will be functional, efficient, able to reduce light spillage, harmonious with the Rideau-William Street Design Context, and cost-effective to operate.
The selected pedestrian streetlight for Rideau Street provides a distinct element and was used on the previous phases of Rideau Street Renewal.
Rack style bicycle parking is proposed to be used along Rideau Street. This is a proven design successfully used within the City of Ottawa.
Benches and waste receptacles
There will be benches and waste receptacles located throughout the corridor at key locations to provide seating opportunities, and to maintain the cleanliness of the corridor. The recommended benches and waste receptacles are shown here. Anti-graffiti coating will be applied to benches and waste receptacles.
Rideau Street proposed design
Construction on Rideau Street from Dalhousie Street to Sussex Drive commenced in April 2020. The majority of the work is now complete. Rideau Street reopened to traffic, transit and cyclists on December 19, 2020.
Installation of new streetlight poles, triple stream waste and recycling units, FX poles and catenary lighting, as well as minor landscaping and deficiency work will be completed in spring 2021.
Construction on William Street commenced in September 2020. The majority of the work is now complete. William Street reopened to pedestrians on December 19, 2020. Remaining work on William Street will be completed in spring 2021.
For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:
City project manager:
Vipin Bansal, MBA, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 21276
Consultant project manager:
Mike Keating, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager