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Public open house re: Nicholas Street closure and Rideau Street Renewal

The public is invited to attend a Public Information Drop-In Session to obtain information regarding the proposed works for both the detailed design of Rideau Street from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street and the detailed design of Nicholas Street (Ogilvy Square). Participants can provide feedback and comments to City staff and the design team.

What: The City is undertaking the detailed design for the renewal of Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street and is working with Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. (owner of the Rideau Centre) to transform Nicholas Street between Rideau Street and Besserer Street into a pedestrian public space. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting to receive information and to provide input regarding both phases of work.

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 5 to 7 pm

Where: Freiman Bridge Pedestrian Overpass, Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau Street

Why: The works for Rideau Street include significant improvements to the public realm and a full renewal of the streetscape.  The works for Nicholas Street include the permanent closure of the street to vehicular traffic and the addition of an enhanced pedestrian surface, street trees, bike parking, new spaces for outdoor patios and a programmable space for artistic installations and special events.

At the session, information regarding the process, project objectives and construction timelines will be presented.  Methods to manage traffic and disruption during the construction period will also be recommended.  City staff and their design team will be available to answer questions and engage in discussion.  This meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the project and to provide comments in a casual environment. Comment / questionnaire forms will be provided for written comments.


Project Overview

Project limits and scope

Detailed design of Rideau Street between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street began in November 2015.  The project consists of the surface reconstruction of Rideau Street, including all roadway and streetscaping elements.  The detailed design is anticipated to be complete by the end of July 2016 and construction will be coordinated with the expansion of the Rideau Centre and the construction of the proposed LRT station on Rideau Street, currently underway.  Construction of a temporary sidewalk on the south side of Rideau Street in front of the Rideau Centre (from the Freiman Bridge Pedestrian Overpass to Nicholas Street) will commence in early summer 2016.

The works proposed include the introduction, rehabilitation and/or replacement of:

  • Sidewalks, cycling facilities, and transit facilities;
  • Opportunities for street amenities including landscaping and public art;
  • Street lighting and regulatory signage;
  • Traffic control signal system;
  • Road structure and pavement;
  • Watermains, sanitary, storm and combined sewers;
  • Lateral services to the property line; and
  • Utilities as required.

Nicholas Street transformation

The City of Ottawa is also working with Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. (owner of the Rideau Centre) to transform Nicholas Street from Rideau Street to Besserer Street into a pedestrian public space, to be called Ogilvy Square.  As part of the Rideau / Arts Precinct, the space will support a variety of outdoor functions including cafes and programmable space for artistic installations and special events.  The detailed design for Ogilvy Square is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2016, with construction beginning May 2016.


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