Scott/Albert Bus Detour


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Community Liaison

Have a comment about this project?
Your community liaison is:

Damon Berlin
Community Liaison, Rail Implementation Office
Phone: 3-1-1
Email: [email protected]

West Transitway Service Adjustment & Widening

The West Transitway between Tunney’s Pasture and Empress Avenue is closed so that it can be converted to light rail.  The detour will be implemented in two phases:

Phase 1: From Merton Street to Empress Avenue – Ongoing until spring 2018

Phase 2: from Empress to Smirle avenues – Starts summer 2016 to spring 2018

The closure has meant all buses have been detoured onto Scott and Albert streets. To help accommodate this, Scott Street from Smirle Avenue to Bayview Road was widened at the north side of the roadway. In spring 2016, the roadway between Smirle Avenue and Merton was fully repaved  and repainted.

Albert Street Civic Works & Widening

Since April 2014, Albert Street has been undergoing transformation with sewer upgrades, new watermain installations and roadway reconstruction. This work has included:

  • Sewer upgrades, new watermain installation and roadway reconstruction near City Centre Avenue to Rochester Street;
  • Sewer, watermain, sidewalk and road renewals between Rochester Street and Empress Avenue;, .
  • Construction and installation of the LeBreton Flats Diversion Chamber, an integral component of the Ottawa River Action Plan; and
  • Full reconstruction of road, sewers, and watermain on Booth Street, resulting in the closure between Primrose Avenue and Albert Street.

Works associated with the Albert Street Civic Works continue with the full reconstruction of Lorne Avenue, Perkins Street and Empress Avenue.

Preston Street Detour/Booth Street Closure

Preston Street was temporarily extended in fall 2014, from Albert Street to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (SJAMP), to act as a detour of Booth Street between Albert Street and SJAMP. Booth Street will remain closed until the end of 2016 to allow for the construction and installation of the LeBreton Flats Diversion Chamber, construction of the Booth Street Bridge and the start of construction for Pimisi Station.


Air Quality Report and Supporting Documents

  1. NOVUS’s Air Quality Report
    The City contracted NOVUS, an expert on air quality impacts associated with transportation projects, to model the air quality resulting from the construction and detour phases as well as pre- and post-construction/detour phases. The preliminary results from NOVUS’s report were presented at the June 16, 2014 Public Information Session at Tom Brown Arena.
  2. INTRINSIK’s Screening Level Human Health Risk Assessment of Local Air Quality Impacts Report
    INTRINSIK, leading experts in examining the human health impacts, further studied NOVUS’s data of modelled pollutant levels and developed their Screening Level Human Health Risk Assessment of Local Air Quality Impacts Report:
  3. OPH’s comments on the Air Quality Report
    Ottawa Public Health (OPH) convened a third party Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to review the modelling and methodology. The TAC consisted of leading Public Health Ontario and Ministry of the Environment experts. OPH and the TAC have endorsed the reports and their findings as follows:
  4. OPH’s comments on the Screening Level Human Health Risk Assessment of Local Air Quality Impacts
  5. Air Quality Information Boards from the June 16, 2014 Public Meeting
    At the June 16, 2014 Public Information Session representatives from OPH and NOVUS were on hand to speak to the preliminary findings of their Air Quality Report. These are the Information Boards that were presented at the meeting.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Review and Supporting Documents

  1. Scott-Albert Transitway Detours: Assessment of Cycling and Walking in the Scott-Albert Corridor.This report was authored by the Rideau Transit Group.
    This report compares the existing condition for pedestrians and cyclists along the Scott/Albert Street corridor to the future condition during the detour of the Transitway. It also outlines a series of design features that have been included in the design of the detour to increase pedestrian and cycling safety in the corridor.
  2. Safety Audit: Confederation Line LRT Scott-Albert-Preston Detour Corridors
    This report provides the result of an independent safety audit by Bytown Engineering (BTE) and commissioned by Ottawa Light Rail Transit Constructors (OLTRC), the construction arm of the Rideau Transit Group (RTG). This audit was undertaken by a team of three road design, traffic and human factor safety specialists and was based on the corridor designs provided by the RTG.
  3. West Transitway Detour Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Review IPD FINAL
    This is a covering memo, addressed to Mayor and Council, for the two aforementioned reports that provides a summary of their content and the result of City review.
  4. A table cataloguing the comments from the BTE audit and RTG’s response.
    These documents were sent to Council April 30thand were included as an Information Previously Distributed (IPD) item at the May 7, 2014 Transportation Committee.


After several meetings with community representatives on the West Transitway Detour, city staff incorporated their feedback into the Detour’s design. Information from the larger Public Information Sessions and Open Houses can be found below:

West Transitway Detour Open House – December 3rd, 2013

Albert Street Civic Works Open House – April 8th, 2014

West Transitway Detour Final Design – Public Information Session – June 16th

All files listed below have been reduced in size for easier viewing. If you are having difficulty accessing the documents they are now available on USB thumb drives at 3 local spots:

  1. Dalhousie Community Centre
  2. Hintonburg Community Centre and
  3. Rosemount Library.

Should you still need assistance please do not hesitate to contact Damon Berlin at [email protected].