Main Street northbound traffic restrictions begin Monday

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City of Ottawa

Beginning on Monday, May 25, Main Street construction will be in full-swing and will result in traffic restrictions. Northbound traffic will not be permitted on Main Street between Clegg Street and Lees Avenue and between Greenfield Road and Echo Drive. One lane of traffic will remain open in the southbound direction. These restrictions are required to complete the Main Street Renewal Project and will be in effect until the summer of 2016.

Infrastructure on Main Street is old and is in need of replacement. The Main Street Renewal Project will replace watermains, sanitary, storm and combined sewers. Main Street will be renewed as a “Complete Street” and will also include cycle tracks, wider sidewalks, on-street parking, and space for streetscaping.

Traffic impacts are expected to be high during this construction activity. Motorists should expect delays or avoid the area if possible.

Northbound motorists and cyclists will be detoured via Riverside Drive, Bank Street and Isabella Street. OC Transpo Routes 5 and 16 will also be detoured. Please visit for further information.

During construction businesses remain open as usual.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools on to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit

This work is part of Ottawa on the Move. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.