On Sunday, April 18, a vibrant and welcoming main street with a well-balanced transportation network is one step closer to being complete for our residents and businesses. 

Construction crews will resume work on Montreal Road from last year to replace aging underground infrastructure. Work includes watermain replacement, redoing sections of the sewer and roadway, including concrete sidewalks, cycle tracks, the burying of hydro poles, landscaping and street furniture. Once complete, Montreal Road will have features fitting a proper city main street, including broom finish and saw-cut joints similar to sidewalks within specialty districts.

Although we remain in a pandemic, construction work is currently permitted by the province. Site managers are responsible for safe access to businesses throughout the construction and ensuring all crew members’ safety.

Progress

The main sections of the constructions last year were:

  • The Montreal Road and Vanier Parkway intersection.
  • The North River Road and Montreal Road intersection.
  • The street segments on the north side of Montreal Road between North River Road and Marier Avenue. 

Work included telecommunications, street lighting, and traffic signal installations along Montreal Road east of Marier Avenue to Cantin Street. The Street was fully rebuilt with new concrete sidewalks between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway, including new road segments, curbs, sidewalks and cycling integration along North River Road.

Transportation Impacts

Temporary bus stop on Lafontaine st.

Pedestrians 

All crossings for pedestrians will be maintained, and signed detours will be in place. Construction crews will protect pedestrians’ access to local businesses and access for individuals to all private properties. Montreal Road businesses remain open. Let’s support them during challenging times.  

It is our responsibility to ensure safety and accessibility for pedestrians throughout the construction.

Roadway closures

Montreal Road will be reduced to a single westbound lane between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard until late 2022. These lane closures are needed to complete the Montreal Road revitalization project. 

Eastbound traffic, including cyclists, will be detoured to McArthur Avenue via North River Road and Vanier Parkway, connecting to St. Laurent Boulevard.

Access to and from existing driveways will be maintained along Montreal Road in the westbound direction only. Montreal Road between North River Road and Vanier Parkway will continue to operate as a two-way road, but with some parking restrictions as work progresses.

It is important to note, throughout the project there will be various side street closures will also be required.

Transit

OC Transpo routes 12, 15 and 20 will be modified, as illustrated in the graphic below.

Traditionally knows as the number 12, the 12 will change to the 15.  The change means a shortened Route 12 will travel between St-Laurent and Blair Stations, providing faster connections to downtown using the O-Train. In contrast, route 15 will change from a Local route to a Frequent route and expanded to run all day, seven days a week between downtown and Blair Station. 

Parking and local access

On-street parking will be prohibited along Montreal Road between Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard. 

Work to be Completed in 2021

Completed work for 2021 includes final touches to the project site between the Cummings Bridge and the Vanier Parkway. Notably, asphalt concrete layers for roads, sidewalks and Multi-use paths, traffic calming measures, major intersection redesigns, landscaping and streetscaping are the focus of this work. Beyond the Vanier Parkway, work includes underground infrastructure renewals, utility pole burial, a complete road renewal including widened sidewalks and cycling tracks, and modernized public areas at Place Dupuis, Bradley Emond Park. 

Stay up to date

Our video blog is available here: https://youtu.be/rtlAo10K2ak

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Email the Montreal Road revitalization project team at montrealroad@ottawa.ca 

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