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Rideau Street and William Street renewal

Project Status: 
Planned

Project overview

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.

Proposed street furnishings [ PDF - 992 KB ]

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.

Bicycle parking

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 [ PDF - 2.65 MB ] 

William Street proposed design [ PDF - 418 KB ] 

William Street vision [ PDF - 2.80 MB ] 

Project Timeline

  • Construction on Rideau Street from Dalhousie Street to Sussex Drive is expected to commence in early spring 2020 and expected to by the end of 2020.
  • Construction on William Street is expected to commence in September 2020 and expected to be completed in December 2020.

Preliminary construction schedule

Project tendered Winter 2020
Contract award Winter 2020
Construction season Spring 2020 to end of year 2020

Managing detour route impacts

The City’s toolbox to manage traffic on streets during construction includes:

  • general traffic monitoring
  • regulatory signs
  • electronic speed survey signs
  • temporary physical modifications

The City recognizes that during the anticipated road closure of Rideau Street, the temporary detours for buses may impact commutes. The City recognizes challenges during construction and is committed to working with the community to minimize impacts and provide regular updates.

During the proposed OC Transpo bus detour, the City will:

  • provide appropriate notifications and signage to confirm the bus and general traffic detour routes
  • detour buses to Mackenzie King Bridge
  • amended, as required, existing on-street parking permissions and regulations that conflict with bus turning maneuvers at intersections and bus stops will be amended as needed

Residents can reach OC Transpo at 613-741-4390.

The City will continually review all measures put in place during construction to ensure that the detour is working effectively.

Detour route map [ PDF - 496 KB ] 

Detour routes to be confirmed by OC Transpo, City of Ottawa Traffic Management staff, and the contractor prior to construction start.

Accessibility during construction [ PDF - 684 KB ]

  • The contractor undertaking the construction shall prepare a Construction Site Pedestrian Control Plan which will ensure the provision of a safe and accessible path of travel for all pedestrians through and/or around the construction site. The City will monitor accessibility regularly throughout construction.
  • Pedestrian travel routes along Rideau Street and William Street during construction will be fully accessible and winter maintained.
  • A 1.8 metre minimum pedestrian clearway width will be maintained.

Managing construction disruption [ PDF - 432 KB ] 

The construction project activities will have the potential to impact businesses and residents along the corridor and in the surrounding community. The project will:

  • Minimize the time and extent of the construction project's potential negative effects on adjacent businesses, landowners, and the surrounding community.
  • Place a priority on the need to retain transportation accessibility to the Transit station entrances, businesses and other street fronting land uses, including pedestrian accessibility to building fronts and loading opportunities on side streets.
  • Consider a range of environmental mitigation tools such as erosion and sediment control plans, contaminated materials management plans, noise and vibration monitoring, and geotechnical investigations.
  • Construction hours of work are typically 7:00 am to 6:00 pm weekdays, however the construction plans for Rideau-William Street are not yet confirmed. Provisions for weekend and evening work may be contemplated.

Work outside of project limits [ PDF - 724 KB ] 

The Rideau Street and William Street project will be impacted with several small-scale projects being undertaken in the vicinity. Some of these are as follows:

  • Downtown Rideau BIA special effects (FX) pole modifications
  • Bike ring repairs / replacement on Rideau Street
  • Bench repairs / replacement on Rideau Street
  • Curb replacement at Besserer-Ogilvie Square
  • Bollard repairs / replacement on Rideau Street

Working together through construction [ PDF - 347 KB ]

The City is committed to working collaboratively and continuously with affected parties during the construction period. The City will:

  • notify residents of ongoing and upcoming work via an e-newsletter
  • keep lines of communication open between the City, its contractor, area institutions, businesses and community associations
  • make best efforts to schedule construction activities that work around special events and promotions
  • actively involve adjacent institutions, business associations, landowners, and residents in finding solutions to manage the project's construction period disruption

Contact information

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

City project manager:
Vipin Bansal , MBA, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 21276

Consultant project manager:
Mike Keating, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Parsons
Tel: 613-691-1549

Thank you for your participation!

Open house (June 19, 2019)

Posted: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7:38 am
Last updated: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7:25 am

Dates & Times

Wednesday, June 19, 2019,
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location

Freiman Bridge, Pedestrian Overpass
Rideau Centre
50 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON

The City of Ottawa will be hosting a public information session to provide information and receive input on the Rideau Street and William Street Renewal Project.

Why: The works for Rideau Street and William Street include significant improvements to the public realm and a full renewal of the streetscape.

What: The Project consists 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
  • Hydrant relocations
  • New catch basins and catch basin laterals
  • Utilities as required

When: The Rideau Street Renewal project is expected to commence pending the opening of O-Train Line 1. The schedule for the Rideau Streetscaping project is currently being reviewed and more information will be shared when available.

Where: This project will take place on the following streets:

  • Rideau Street (Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street)
  • William Street (Rideau Street to George Street)

At the session, information regarding the process, project objectives and schedule updates will be presented. Methods to manage traffic and disruption during the construction period will also be recommended. Representatives from the City, the design consultant and the Ward Councillor’s office will be available to discuss the project and to answer your questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

City project manager:
Vipin Bansal, MBA, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 21276

Consultant project manager:
Mike Keating, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Parsons
Tel: 613-691-1549

Stay informed! Sign up for the Rideau Street renewal e-newsletter.

Open house boards (February 24, 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