Work on Rideau Canal walls nearing completion

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Parks Canada

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa between Bank Street and Pig Island along the Eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and is now nearing completion.Mail Attachment

Repairs on the walls themselves are complete and new railings have been installed. Work is now underway to re-install light standards and to repair the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The project will conclude with site rebeautification, including laying sod and removing temporary construction trailers as well as other features of the construction site.

Beginning at around 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, the contractor will remove the safety measures along the southbound lane of Colonel By Drive. A signed detour route will be in place as this work will require the overnight closure of Colonel By Drive in this area. A further notice will be circulated closer to the closure to confirm the date and time.

Once the contractor has fully withdrawn from the site, the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway will be reopened. This could occur as early as June 9.

The rehabilitation of the Rideau Canal walls between Bank Street and Pig Island was the second phase of a multiyear project to rehabilitate the Canal walls in downtown Ottawa. Last year, the first phase of this project rehabilitated a 500 meter length of the canal wall on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway side near the Bronson Bridge. While a third phase is anticipated during the winter of 2017-18, a specific location has not yet been selected.

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