Section of Greenbank Road to fully close Saturday night


(press release)

The City will reach a major milestone in the Greenbank Road widening project this weekend.


Beginning on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m., Greenbank Road will be closed to vehicular, cycling and pedestrian traffic in both directions between Malvern Drive and Wessex Road. This closure is required to complete work that will return Via Rail trains to the mainline track, including the new train overpass. Greenbank Road is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, April 17 in the afternoon.


Traffic should avoid the area during this weekend closure. During the road closure, traffic will be detoured to Woodroffe Avenue. Police will be directing traffic and signage will also be on site.


OC Transpo Route 170 will be detoured while the section of Greenbank Road is closed. For further information, please visit

When Greenbank Road reopens on Sunday, traffic will continue to use the temporary roadway between Malvern Drive and Wessex Road to facilitate the widening of Greenbank Road.


The railway signals, which are activated as trains are approaching, will also be relocated approximately 10 metres to the north, at the mainline track.


As part of the work, trains will travel very slowly on the new track at first and will gradually increase speed each day. Additional railway work and testing must be completed to allow the trains to resume normal speeds. This work is scheduled overnight on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and, if needed, Wednesday. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating, which will result in noise and possibly vibration. Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents.


During construction, there is a greater need for all road users to share the road safely. When navigating through the detour, be cautious and watch out for construction vehicles and workers, pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Signage along the detour will emphasize the need to slow down and share the road.


The Greenbank Road widening project is part of Ottawa on the Move, which is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.


For current traffic and construction information around the city, visit

OttawaStart Staff


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