Downtown Ottawa Truck Tunnel Report Release

The City of Ottawa, working with the Government of Ontario, commissioned a feasibility study to examine the potential for the construction of a tunnel for trucks in downtown Ottawa linking the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge and Nicholas Street/Highway 417.

This feasibility study has been completed, concluding that a tunnel for mixed traffic is technically possible.

Trucks travelling between Ottawa and Gatineau via the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge are a longstanding concern for downtown communities due to the large number of heavy vehicles on King Edward Avenue, Rideau Street and other streets in the core.

When the NCC-led study to examine new bridge options east of downtown between Ontario and Quebec was terminated before the study concluded, the impact of that heavy truck traffic on the aesthetics and liveability of our downtown were left unresolved.

The City of Ottawa and Province of Ontario decided to look at the technical feasibility of a downtown tunnel for trucks, as a means to reduce on-street truck traffic. The $750,000 feasibility study, funded equally by the City and the Government of Ontario, has concluded. For more information and to read a copy of the feasibility report please visit here.