As part of the remediation from the June 8th, 2016 infrastructure failure, Rideau Transit Group (RTG) is currently undertaking a “jet grouting” program under Rideau Street east of Sussex Drive. The purpose of this program is to stabilize the ground around and under the concrete plug in the sinkhole area to assist in the excavation of the tunnel.
Since late August 2016, this activity has required overnight work on Rideau Street between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. due to the need to maintain daytime roadway lanes for transit operations. In addition to transit services, taxis, delivery vehicles and pedestrians have had their access maintained throughout the overnight work.
RTG has requested to close Rideau Street to all traffic between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street overnight from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for 9 weeks, beginning on Monday, October 3, 2016. Staff supports this request as it provides additional work time for critical tasks.
The closure of Rideau Street will result in the detour of all OC Transpo services to the Mackenzie King Bridge during the hours of the closure. The Rideau Centre has agreed to accommodate the City’s request to maintain pedestrian movement overnight through their building so that customers who would normally use the bus stops on Rideau Street can readily walk to the bus stops on the Mackenzie King Bridge. In addition, to reduce the inconvenience for transit customers leaving the ByWard Market late at night, OC Transpo will operate a special shuttle service between the Market area and Mackenzie King Bridge late at night and into the early morning on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. All stakeholders, including BIAs, STO, etc., have been consulted and are supportive.
Pedestrian access along Rideau Street will be maintained throughout the closure.
Details of the transit service changes will be provided to transit customers on octranspo.com and sto.ca and will be posted at the bus stops on the section of Rideau Street that will be closed.