_ (media advisory from City of Ottawa) _ Queen Street, between Bay and Metcalfe streets, will be reduced to one eastbound lane beginning Sunday, April 24. Westbound traffic will no longer be permitted. The change will allow for work to rehabilitate the street , improving pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure and ensuring the expected increase in pedestrian traffic can be accommodated when the O-Train Confederation Line begins operations in 2018.
The new configuration is expected to remain in place until 2018. A signed detour will be in place to direct westbound motorists to Albert Street.
OC Transpo routes 9 and 12 will continue to operate as normal on Queen Street. Routes 9 and 12 westbound do not use Queen Street and will not be affected. Route 4 eastbound will remain on detour via Slater, Kent and Queen streets. Route 4 westbound will be detoured to Albert Street, where customers will access the route at existing Transitway stops between Elgin Street and Bronson Avenue.
On-street parking and taxi stands will be prohibited on Queen Street. Local access to parking garages, businesses and sidewalks along Queen Street will be maintained at all times throughout the construction period. Signage will be in place to direct transit users, cyclists and pedestrians.
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute, including:
* [ OttawaNav ](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/transportation-and-parking/traffic/ottawa-nav) – the City’s mobile application for real-time construction and traffic information * [ City of Ottawa Traffic Report ](http://ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/trafficreport/report_search.pl?lang=en) – outlining city-wide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours * [ Travel Planner ](http://www.octranspo1.com/?from=splash) at [ octranspo.com ](http://octranspo.com/) – transit customers can plan their route * [ Interactive traffic map ](http://traffic.ottawa.ca/map/index?lang=en) – showing construction areas and live traffic cameras throughout the city * [ Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras ](http://traffic.ottawa.ca/map/intersections) * [ Cycling maps ](http://ottawa.ca/en/roads_trans/cycling/index.html) and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city
The Queen Street Renewal is an Ottawa on the Move project. Ottawa on the Move 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.