Major Elgin Street construction to begin next week

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The City of Ottawa announced that the first phase of a major construction of Elgin Street will begin on March 12.

Bell Canada will start upgrading the city’s underground infrastructure, which has deteriorated and needs repair. The city’s existing underground infrastructure has reached the end of its service life. So, this work is required to ensure that integral city services will continue to be delivered to residents and businesses in the area, the city said in a statement.

The construction will be staged so that lane reductions and on-street parking impacts are limited to the area where the work is taking place, and will not affect the entire length of Elgin St. The first phase of Bell Canada infrastructure upgrades will last approximately eight weeks.

The city is undertaking the design and construction for the Elgin’s renewal from Gloucester St. to Isabella St. The project also includes the renewal of Waverley St. from Elgin Street to Metcalfe St. through Jack Purcell Park, as well as roadway renewal on Isabella St.from Elgin t to Queen Elizabeth DrThe T.

The project, which will cost $36.3 million, will include: wider sidewalks, shared use lanes (for cycling and vehicles), and transit facilities (bus stops, bus pads and shelters); traffic control signal system and traffic calming measures including raised intersections, narrowing lanes and reduced speed limit (30 km/h); flexible space to accommodate on-street parking, patios or other seasonal uses; streetscape enhancements and street amenities including landscaping (such as tree planting, and hardscape features), public art and street furniture (including benches, waste receptacles, and bicycle racks); watermains, sanitary, storm and combined sewers; utility reconstruction (Hydro Ottawa, Bell, Rogers, Enbridge); street lighting and signage; and road structure and pavement.

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