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Rideau Street and William Street renewal

Project Status: 
Underway

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.

Project limits [ 558 KB ]

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 [ 992 KB ]

Landscape roll plan [ 3 MB ]

Newly reopened Rideau Street

This is an image of Rideau Street between William and Dalhousie Streets

Aerial view of reopened Rideau Street

This is an image of an aerial view of the reopened Rideau Street at the corner of William Street & Rideau Street.

Newly reopened William Street

This is an image of 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.

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

Rideau Street proposed design

William Street proposed design [ 418 KB ]

Project timeline

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.

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

Rideau Street and William Street Renewal - FAQ

Q: What is the Rideau Street and William Street Renewal project?

A: This is the third and final phase of the Rideau Street and William Street Renewal project. Initiated in 2012, the first two phases focused on improvements between the Cummings Bridge in the east and Dalhousie Street in the west. The City of Ottawa is now preparing to complete the remaining section between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street. The project involves the renewal of the streetscape elements and an upgrade of the transportation components within the Rideau Street right of way.

This project also includes an overall renewal of the pedestrian portion of William Street, between George Street and Rideau Street.

Q: What is the end result going to look like?

A: Rideau Street is an important gateway into downtown Ottawa, and William Street provides a pedestrian-focused connection to the ByWard Market. The designs for both Rideau Street and William Street will:

  • Renew the street surface infrastructure
  • Improve cycling 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

The new design for Rideau Street and William Street is reflective of the historic nature of the area and will incorporate contemporary elements to ensure a timeless design.

More information, including the proposed design, can be found on ottawa.ca.

Q: What is the construction schedule?

A: Work on Rideau Street began in April 2020. The majority of the work is now complete. Rideau Street reopened to traffic, transit and cyclists in December 2020. 

Work on William Street began in September 2020. The majority of the work is now complete. William Street reopened to pedestrians in December 2020.

Installation of new streetlight poles, triple stream waste and recycling units, FX poles and catenary lighting will be completed in January and February of 2021. Minor landscaping and deficiency work will be completed in Spring 2021.

Q: What is the project budget?

A: The approved project budget is $13.5 million.

Q: Was the public consulted on this project?

A: The City endeavours to work with local residents, businesses, stakeholders and community groups throughout the construction project.

Public consultations took place in 2019, and were supplemented with meetings with various stakeholders, including the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), property owners and business owners to share updates and discuss the project design. The City also launched a project webpage that outlines the vision and design options for Rideau Street and William Street.

These meetings and online engagement opportunities generated numerous comments, many of which helped to shape the final design of both Rideau Street and William Street.

Q: With construction work comes construction-related noise. What is the City doing to mitigate noise?

A: The contractor is permitted to operate within the parameters of the Noise By-law:

  • Monday-Saturday: Between 7 am and 10 pm
  • Sundays and holidays: Between 9 am and 10 pm

Any work outside of working hours will require an approved Noise By-law exemption and residents will be made aware in advance of the work.

The contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to everyday life but, as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as delays when travelling around the construction zone, noise, dust and vibrations.

Q: Will utilities to nearby businesses and residents be impacted during the reconstruction? How will business and residents be notified when utilities (i.e. water, gas, electricity) are shut off?

A: During a construction project like this, there will be times where utilities, such as gas, water or electricity, will need to be interrupted. The project team will reach out to affected properties and will coordinate the best time to do so.

Q: Where can I find out more information about the project?

A: Our project webpage at ottawa.ca/rideaustreet is your go-to for background information about the project, current traffic impacts, notices, updates and more.

You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive regular updates about the project. To do so, visit the sign-up page and enter your name and email address, click the box on ‘Rideau-William Street renewal’ and subscribe! You will get an email to confirm your subscription.

Q: What’s the best way to contact the project team?

A: For inquiries related to the Rideau Street and William Street Renewal project, please contact the City’s Project Manager, Vipin Bansal at 613-580-2424, extension 21276 or by email. For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.