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Rideau Street to close April 26 for renewal work

The Rideau Street renewal project is underway.

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the construction for a renewed Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street. The project involves the renewal of the streetscape elements and an upgrade of the transportation components within the Rideau Street right of way.

This project also includes an overall renewal of the pedestrian portion of William Street, between George Street and Rideau Street., which is expected to start in early fall 2020 and be completed by the end of 2020.

Pedestrian access to businesses will remain open at all times and residents and visitors areencouraged to continue to support businesses during construction.

Project update

Rideau Street closure beginning Sunday, April 26

On Sunday, April 26, Rideau Street will close between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street until the end of 2020. This closure is needed to renew Rideau and William streets. Work on Rideau Street includes improved sidewalks, cycling and transit facilities, benches, bicycle parking, pedestrian lighting, landscaping and more. Work on William Street includes an improved pedestrian experience, with seating, trees, lighting and bicycle parking.

Work on William Street between George and Rideau streets will start in early fall. The project will be completed by the end of 2020.

Pedestrian crossings will be maintained through the work and signed detours will be in place.

Transit service detours

  • During the closure of Rideau Street, OC Transpo bus routes will be detoured to serve stops nearby.
  • Routes 5, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 114 will serve bus stops on Mackenzie King Bridge.
  • Routes 6 and 7 will serve bus stops on Daly Avenue at Nicholas Street.
  • Overnight service on Routes N39, N45, N57, N61, N75 and N97 will be available at bus stops on Rideau Street at Dalhousie Street, and overnight Routes N57, N61 and N75 will also stop on Mackenzie King Bridge.
  • O-Train Line 1 and Rideau Station will remain open.
  • Visit octranspo.com for more information.
  • For information on STO services, information is available at sto.ca.


The project team has created a Frequently Asked Questions document that may answer some questions you have about the project. Check it out and let us know if you think there is anything we should add!


Stay informed about City projects. Check out the City’s interactive traffic map and traffic report or call 3-1-1 for updates about when and where construction is happening.

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  • Contact the City’s project manager, Vipin Bansal: vipin.bansal@ottawa.ca