Ottawa – Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic until the end of December. This closure takes effect on Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. The closure is necessary to accommodate construction on the O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit (LRT) project. Pedestrian access to businesses and residences will remain open as usual.
Currently, buses, taxis and delivery vehicles are the only vehicles permitted to use that section of Rideau Street. Starting Wednesday night, all vehicular traffic will be prohibited on Rideau Street in the designated area during the closure. A detour will be put in place for taxis and delivery vehicles.
OC Transpo routes that normally serve Rideau Street will be changed as follows:
- Routes 1 and 7 will operate via Daly Avenue and will stop at the intersection of Rideau Street and Dalhousie Street and Daly Avenue and Nicholas Street
- Routes 2 and 4 will operate along Albert Street and Slater Street and will end at the corner of Elgin Street and Sparks Street
- Route 9 will end at Dalhousie Street and Rideau Street and will start at Sussex Drive and Rideau Street
- Routes 12 and 18 will stop at Rideau Street and Dalhousie Street and will end at Daly Avenue and Nicholas Street. The first stop for eastbound trips will be at Daly Avenue and Nicholas Street
- Route 14 will operate via the Mackenzie King Bridge
- With these changes, the sections of Routes 2 and 4 east of the canal will not operate and the sections of Routes 9 and 12 west of the canal will not operate
During the closure, a free OC Transpo shuttle service will be offered from Thursday to Saturday between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. between the ByWard Market and the Mackenzie King Bridge with various pick-up locations.
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit customers 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 customers can plan their routes
- Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cameras throughout the city
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras
- Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city