Updated January 2017.
The City of Ottawa is undertaking the renewal of Queen Street between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street.
Figure 1: Extent of Queen Street renewal project
The renewal of Queen Street is a project that implements the vision from the Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets, which was approved by Council on March 27, 2013. The overall plan aims to make walking, cycling and transit use more comfortable and convenient by redistributing and improving the streetscape environment.
As a "Transit Showcase Street", Queen Street will comfortably support high pedestrian volumes destined to and from the Confederation Line stations within an improved street environment.
The project includes improved pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure along the central portion of the Queen Street corridor with extra-wide boulevard sidewalks, creative designs for parking and access, priority crosswalks and landscaping.
Since the LRT downtown tunnel runs under Queen Street, and two of the three integrated tunnel stations will be located on the street, the renewal of Queen Street surface infrastructure is being coordinated with the Confederation Line project construction.
The Queen Street Renewal project will begin construction in Spring 2016 in the sections between Lyon Station (Queen and Lyon streets) and Parliament Station (Queen and O’Connor streets).
As part of the renewal, the roadway sections of Queen Street west of Lyon Station and east of Parliament Station will undergo a complete resurfacing in advance of Ottawa’s 2017 celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
In order to ensure continuity of the Queen Street streetscape, those sections will then undergo the same complete streetscaping renewal after Confederation Line is up and running in 2018.
Taking this phased approach will give area residents and businesses some reprieve from the higher level of construction activity that would occur if the entire streetscape was done all at once.
This streetscaping project will be completed in spring 2018 to coincide with the opening of the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit Project.
Queen Street renewal – construction timeline
Bronson Avenue to Bay Street (resurfacing/reinstatement only) - completed 2016
Bay Street to Kent Street (Lyon Station) - September 2016 to November 2017 (final surface asphalt in April/May 2018)
Kent Street to Bank Street - completed 2016 (including final surface asphalt)
Bank Street to Mid-Block O’Connor/Metcalfe (Parliament Station) - April 2017 to November 2017 (final surface asphalt in April/May 2018)
Mid-Block O’Connor/Metcalfe to Elgin Street (resurfacing/reinstatement only) - completed 2016
For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s respective project contact at the address below.
Program and Project Management Officer
Light Rail Planning and Implementation
City of Ottawa
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext 12764