Queen Street streetscaping and resurfacing

Notice - Avis

Queen Street between Bay and O’Connor/Metcalfe streets will be undergoing a complete streetscaping to improve pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure to better meet the needs of light rail along the Queen Street corridor.

Queen Street from Bay Street to Bronson Avenue in the west, and from O’Connor/Metcalfe to Elgin streets in the east, will undergo a complete resurfacing.

The work will include:

  • New sanitary and storm sewer and service replacement from Bay Street to Lyon Street;
  • Grading and drainage;
  • New catch basins and catch basin leads;
  • Concrete and unit paver sidewalks, flexible parking and crosswalks;
  • Shared bike lanes;
  • Street furniture and plantings; and
  • Resurfacing and sidewalk/curb reinstatement on the western and eastern limits.

WHENThe streetscaping project will start in April 2016 and continue until 2018 to coincide with the opening of Confederation Line LRT. The contractor will stage the construction over this time, so work areas will change as operations are initiated and completed. The first section to begin is between Kent and Bank streets.

The resurfacing of the eastern and western portions of Queen Street will take place this summer.

WHYQueen Street was identified in the City’s 2013 “Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets” study, which looked at ways to create more vibrant, inclusive, safe and accessible streets in the city’s core. Since the LRT downtown tunnel runs under Queen Street, and two of the three integrated tunnel stations will be located on the street, the decision was made to incorporate execution of this work into the existing LRT contract.



  • The westbound lanes between Bay and Metcalfe streets will be closed starting April 24, 2016, until 2017. One eastbound lane will remain open. No on-street parking or taxi stands will be allowed during construction. Signage will be installed on site as required to direct vehicular traffic, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians.



  • Impacts to transit will be moderate, requiring detours to some routes. Routes 9 and 12 will continue to operate along their regular eastbound routing on Queen Street with minimal impacts. Route 4 will continue to operate along Queen Street in the eastbound direction only, servicing regular bus stops. In the westbound direction, Route 4 will be detoured to Albert Street, where customers will be able to access the route at the existing Transitway stops between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street.
  • As the Queen Street streetscaping project progresses, further adjustments to Transit service may be required to ensure the delivery of safe, reliable service to customers. For more information regarding the planned detours and service adjustments, please visit the OC Transpo website at http://www.octranspo1.com/?from=splash.



  • Local access to parking garages, entrances and sidewalks along Queen Street will be maintained.
  • The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2004-253) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.  On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. while Sunday and Statutory holiday work is allowed between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.  Some night work and/or weekend work is expected.  Advance notice of these events will be provided to the community by updates on the City website and by Notice to those adjacent to the work.


For further information about this project, please contact the City’s representative:

Alison Lynch
Stakeholder Relations
E-mail: [email protected]
(613) 580-2424 Ext. 30518

Damon Berlin
Stakeholder Relations,
E-mail: [email protected]
(613) 580-2424 Ext. 12764