Downtown Ottawa’s famous Elgin Street will partially close next month for construction. After talks of a major makeover, official dates have been set for potential road closures. The construction will happen in preparation for the Elgin Street renewal. So even though the road closure will likely cause traffic delays, at least we’ll be getting a fresh Elgin Street, right? (C’mon everyone let's try to look at the positive).
Elgin Street is an extremely popular Street in Ottawa. From bars to comedy clubs to diners, the street gets a lot of buzz on a daily basis. Ottawa’s director of infrastructure, Alain Gonthier, informed councilors in a memo that Elgin Street has two long years of construction ahead.
Bell Canada will be upgrading its facilities area and Hydro Ottawa will be replacing power poles. These changes will happen in March during off-peak hours. The closures will still keep one lane open in each direction, but it will still likely cause some traffic. In early 2019, Elgin will be fully shut down from Gloucester to Isabella street.
Some of the future plans for the street include more public art, new lighting, and wider sidewalks. During the construction, The City of Ottawa will provide free parking in the garage underneath City Hall during evenings and weekends. The city is doing this in an attempt to balance the street parking spots that will be lost through most of 2019.
Source: CBC News