Ottawa LRT Construction Road Closures and Alterations

Ottawa’s transit challenge will be met with a highly functional route alignment that crosses the downtown core underground. From Tunney’s Pasture in the west to Blair Station in the east, the Confederation Line will bring Ottawa together through faster, easier transportation to, from and across the city’s downtown.

Over the next few years, traffic will be affected by construction of the LRT. Here is a look at some of the closures and alterations the city is planning.

The largest single undertaking of the light rail project, the downtown tunnel will be 2.5 kilometers long with three stations—Downtown West, Downtown East, and Rideau Station. During construction, day-to-day life will continue as normal, as state-of-the-art mining techniques will minimize impacts on residents and businesses.

Red indicates work to begin in 2013

Blue indicates work planned from 2014 to 2016

   
 


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LRT route
LRT tunnel entrance
Digging will also begin this summer at site of parking lot at Queen and Kent Streets. The road grader excavators at this point will then meet up with the excavators coming from the west and east.
Western tunnel portal
Work on the western tunnel entrance will begin between Wellington and Albert Street.   Estimated start: Summer 2013
Hwy 417 widening
Work begins on highway widening from Blair to Nicholas. Widening the highway will allow for buses to move along highway while Transitway is taken off line.  Estimated start: June 2013 Estimated compl…
Belfast Road
Belfast from Tremblay Road to Trainyards Drive will be closed to accommodate new rail line connecting Confederation Line to Maintenance and Storage Facility.   Estimated start: December 2013
Nicholas Street lane closures
Work will be done to widen Nicholas Street to prepare for move of OC Transpo buses onto Nicholas from the transitway. The tunnel entrance will then be dug at the transitway south of Laurier. Estimate…
Laurier Avenue East
Lane reductions on Laurier Avenue E. between Nicholas Street to Waller Street as work is done prepare for eastern LRT tunnel portal. The lane reductions will later be put in place to accommodate rer…
Lees on-ramp
Ramp onto Highway 417 from Lees Avenue to be closed during 417 road work. Estimated start time: June 2013.
Nicholas-417 on-ramp
The on ramp to Nicholas will be narrowed during Highway 417 work at the bridge. Estimated start time: July 2013
Booth Street closure
Booth from Wellington to Albert will be closed during LeBreton Station construction. Estimated start: Feb. 2016 Estimated finish: June 2017
Nicholas Street
Nicholas will be closed between Rideau Street and Besserer Street for Rideau Station construction. Estimated start time: Dec. 2015 One northbound lane between Laurier Avenue and the 417 will be …
Scott-Albert Street lane reductions
Two of four traffic lanes will be converted to transit-only lanes from Holland to Empress Avenue. Estimated start: 2016
Rideau Street
Rideau between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street will be reduced to three lanes, with two transit -only lanes and one westbound only general traffic lane. Estimated start time: Dec. 2015
Queen Street closures
Sections of Queen between Lyon Street and Metcalfe Street to have lane reductions and short-term closures during tunnel construction. In 2013, the city will be doing watermain work on Queen, but wor…
Preston Street extension
With Booth closed during the Lebreton Station construction, there will be a temporary extension of Preston from Albert to Wellington. Estimated start: Feb. 2016
Widening Hwy 417
5.7 km – about 3 mins
Belfast Road
550 m – about 1 min
Lees on-ramp
170 m – about 0 mins
Scott-Albert Street lane reductions
Two of four traffic lanes will be converted to transit-only lanes from Holland to Empress Avenue. Estimated start: 2016
Queen Street closures
Sections of Queen between Lyon Street and Metcalfe Street to have lane reductions and short-term closures during tunnel construction. In 2013, the city will be doing watermain work on Queen, but wor…
Rideau Street
Rideau between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street will be reduced to three lanes, with two transit -only lanes and one westbound only general traffic lane. Estimated start time: Dec. 2015
Laurier Avenue East
Lane reductions on Laurier Avenue E. between Nicholas Street to Waller Street as work is done prepare for eastern LRT tunnel portal. The lane reductions will later be put in place to accommodate rer…
Ncholas Street North
One northbound lane between Laurier Avenue and the 417 will be converted to transit-only. Sections of one southbound lane of Nicholas between Laurier and the 417 will be converted to transit-only. E…
Preston Street extension
With Booth closed during the Lebreton Station construction, there will be a temporary extension of Preston from Albert to Wellington. Estimated start: Feb. 2016
Booth Street closure
Booth from Wellington to Albert will be closed during LeBreton Station construction. Estimated start: Feb. 2016 Estimated finish: June 2017
Nicholas 417 on ramp
The on ramp to Nicholas will be narrowed during Highway 417 work at the bridge. Estimated start time: July 2013
Lees on-ramp
Ramp onto Highway 417 from Lees Avenue to be closed during 417 road work. Estimated start time: June 2013.
Nicholas Street lane closures
Work will be done to widen Nicholas Street to prepare for move of OC Transpo buses onto Nicholas from the transitway. The tunnel entrance will then be dug at the transitway south of Laurier. Estimate…
LRT tunnel entrance
Digging will also begin this summer at site of parking lot at Queen and Kent Streets. The road grader excavators at this point will then meet up with the excavators coming from the west and east.
Western tunnel portal
Work on the western tunnel entrance will begin between Wellington and Albert Street.   Estimated start: Summer 2013
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