Beginning Saturday, November 22, Main Street from Clegg Street to Lees Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction with left-turn lanes installed at certain intersections to facilitate traffic flow.
These lane reductions are needed to allow Bell Canada to replace underground ducts in preparation for the Main Street Renewal Project. They will be in place over the winter and into spring 2015.
Work between Lees Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue will be carried out over several weekends with temporary lane reductions. The second phase (south of Clegg Street) will start after the first phase is complete. This is scheduled for spring 2015, but completion dates are weather dependent.
It is expected that these lane reductions will have significant impacts on traffic, and motorists using Main Street should anticipate delays.
The Main Street Renewal Project includes the rehabilitation and/or replacement of portions of the infrastructure on Main Street and a small section of Rideau River Drive. The underground work on Main Street includes the replacement of the watermain and sewers. The project also includes road and sidewalk reconstruction of Main Street from Echo Drive to Rideau River Drive, and the road reconstruction of adjacent sections of Rideau River Drive.
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:
- OttawaNav – the City’s mobile application for real time construction and traffic information.
- City of Ottawa Traffic Report – outlining citywide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours
- Travel Planner at octranspo.com – transit users can chart and plan routes
- Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras along Hwy 417
- Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city
Further details and other information concerning City road works are available on ottawa.ca.