Improved Rideau and William streets reopen Saturday, December 19

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On Saturday, December 19, Rideau Street, between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street, will reopen to traffic, transit and cyclists. William Street will reopen to pedestrians.

Rideau and William streets are open for business. Explore the new look of both streets and support local businesses.

The streets have been closed since April to renew streetscaping and improve transportation infrastructure, as part of the Rideau Street and William Street renewal project.

The renewed Rideau corridor includes improved infrastructure, more pedestrian space around the O-Train’s Rideau Station and two new ParaTranspo stops. It also includes new bike lanes and rack-style parking.

Completed features on William Street include new decorative pavers for patios and pedestrians, electrical upgrades to support a ‘ceiling’ of twinkle lights, and a historical timeline of the ByWard Market and Rideau Street set into artistically-designed steel panels.

On Sunday, December 20, detoured OC Transpo and ParaTranspo buses will return to their regular routing via Rideau Street.

This project is on schedule and will be completed in spring 2021, with an approved project budget of $13.5 million. Remaining work includes installing new streetlight poles, waste and recycling units, special effects (FX) light poles, overhead lighting and public art. Minor landscaping will also occur.

To learn about Rideau Street’s history, visit Horse Drawn Carriage to Light Rail Transit: A Brief History of Rideau Street. The City of Ottawa has also launched an Instagram contest to celebrate the reopening, with the chance to win one of three prize packs.

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