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George Street Plaza Renewal Project

Construction of the George Street Plaza will commence during the week of October 3, 2016.

The City of Ottawa would like to advise you that construction of the George Street Plaza will commence during the week of October 3, 2016.  Construction activities will occur in several phases, and are expected to be completed by Spring 2017.

As the gateway between Downtown Rideau and the ByWard Market, the George Street Plaza has been chosen as the first stage of City investment.  Enhancements include surface upgrades, new lighting, high-quality seating, shade trees, and several decorative design features.

Given the popularity of Downtown Rideau members operating on George Street, special measures are being taken by the City to ensure that disruption to business is minimized throughout this period.


WHAT:           George Street Plaza Renewal Project

WHERE:        The first phase of construction will focus on the George Street Plaza.

WHEN:           Construction fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the Plaza during the week of October 3rd 2016.

WHY:             The re-design of the Plaza will enhance visual appeal and re-invigorate the public realm, as well as facilitate pedestrian movement at the intersection of George and William Streets.

WHO:             The City has retained the construction services of UCC Group Inc.



Construction activities during the first phase of the project will result in minimal disruption to local vehicular and cycling traffic, and will be limited to the movement of construction materials.  Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the period.  The second phase of the project, expected to begin after Thanksgiving weekend, will result in the temporary closure of William Street between George and York Streets for a two-week period.  Provisions for deliveries and waste pick-up will be implemented, and will be communicated once finalized.  Minor disruptions to traffic on George may also occur.


Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites.  If you require special accommodation, please contact the Project Team at


Questions and concerns related to the project can be sent directly to  For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.

Information Session

All stakeholders are welcome to attend an Information Session at the Aulde Dubliner & Pour House (62 William Street) on Friday, October 14th2016 at 8:30am.  The Project Team will be providing detailed information about the construction plan and schedule.  Please RSVP at