Update on Rideau Street as We Get Closer to the LRT Opening

Rideau Street has been through a great deal of construction over the past few years, but the end in now in sight. Rideau St east of Dalhousie has been revitalized. We’re pleased with the wide sidewalks, new public art, lighting and bike parking along the corridor. As you will know, Rideau between Dalhousie and Sussex is still missing those streetscaping improvements, as it is under construction (following Rideau Centre expansion and the LRT work), but progress continues. 

The panels around the construction (hoarding) will be gone by the end of July, except for the sections in front of HBC and the Scotiabank, which will be completed prior to Labour Day weekend. The street will be temporarily going back to four lanes shortly after that. Then we will be all set for the heavily anticipated LRT opening!

Construction crews will be returning in spring 2019 to add the finishing streetscaping touches to Rideau (between Dalhousie and Sussex) and William Street, including new trees, much wider sidewalks, benches, ring and post bike parking, and custom made bus shelters. In addition, the east bound bus stop (by Nicolas St) will be relocated to the permeant spot closer to Sussex and the westbound one will be located near the LRT entrance at the Scotiabank building.

Another exciting recent change on Rideau St has been Ogilvy Plaza. On June 6th, I was pleased to join the Mayor and Brian O’Hoski of Cadillac Fairview, owner of CF Rideau Centre, to unveil a plaque that officially named the pedestrian plaza. The plaza is located on Nicholas Street between Rideau and Besserer.

Ogilvy Square is named in honour of Charles Ogilvy who opened a department store nearby in 1887 and moved the store to 126 Rideau Street in 1907, where it remained until it closed in 1992.

Now closed to vehicular traffic, this pedestrian-focused landscape is ideal for outdoor festivals and is part of a vital pedestrian connection between Rideau Street and Laurier Avenue. Please reach out to us if you’re in need of some public event space. We want to ensure maximum use of this great space.

With an LRT stop, a new pedestrian plaza and a soon-to-be-finished streetscape, Rideau St will be a happening place for residents and tourists alike.