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Elgin Street to close January 7 from Somerset to Catherine

Beginning on Monday, January 7, Elgin Street will be closed to traffic from Somerset Street to Catherine Street. Additionally, there will be traffic impacts on Elgin Street between Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street:

  • One southbound lane will remain open along Elgin Street from Laurier Avenue to Somerset Street.
  • The northbound lane on Elgin Street will be closed from Somerset Street to Nepean Street.
  • The exit lane from the City Hall parking garage to Elgin Street will be open. Vehicles will be able to access Elgin Street as usual from Nepean Street.

Elgin Street will be fully rehabilitated in 2019 from Gloucester Street to Isabella Street. This includes some underground work on Waverley Street from Elgin Street to Metcalfe Street, through Jack Purcell Park.

Beginning on January 7, traffic, transit and cyclist detours will be in place. The City will continually review these measures to ensure that the detours are working effectively. The closure will result in significant traffic impacts. Please be patient, plan ahead and expect delays.


A traffic detour route has been established for traffic traveling northbound and southbound. In addition, there will be designated street crossings to provide east-west access to destinations next to the construction zone. Please visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet for a traffic detour map.

Parking will be prohibited on Elgin Street southbound from Laurier Avenue to Catherine Street, as well as Elgin Street northbound from Catherine Street to Gloucester Street. Free parking is available at City Hall on weekday evenings after 6 pm and all day on weekends and statutory holidays.


OC Transpo routes 5 and 14 will be detoured around the road closure. Bus stops and shelters currently located along Elgin Street will be temporarily relocated along the detour routes. Please visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet and OCTranspo.com for a bus detour map, route details and up-to-date information.


Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians. Pedestrians will be able to access businesses on both sides of Elgin Street at all times.


There are many existing cycling facilities around the Elgin Street area, however, there will be a signed cyclist detour route. Please visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet for a cyclist detour map.

Stay informed

  • For information about the project, including up-to-date traffic impacts, visit ottawa.ca/elginstreet.
  • Sign up for the Elgin Street renewal e-newsletter on ottawa.ca to get regular updates on the project.
  • Follow the City on social media:
    • Twitter: @ottawacity
    • Instagram: @cityofottawa
    • Facebook: City of Ottawa / @cityofottawa
    • Email the Elgin Street renewal project team at elgin@ottawa.ca.
    • Listen to the traffic reports on local media.