Ottawa’s Elgin Street to undergo ambitious $36.3-million renewal

By Patricia Williams, Daily Commercial News, April 11, 2019

The City of Ottawa is undertaking an ambitious project designed to renew downtown Elgin Street.

(...)Carina Duclos, the city’s manager of design and construction, said “the driving need” is to renew underground infrastructure, which is at the end of its lifecycle and requires replacement.

“Sections of the underground watermains and sewers along Elgin Street and Waverley Street are more than 100 years old, some of the oldest infrastructure in the city of Ottawa today,” she said via email.

“Renewing the underground infrastructure allows the city an opportunity to revitalize the street as well.”

The Elgin Street renewal project in part will transform 14 blocks between Gloucester and Isabella streets. Key components include wider sidewalks, shared-use lanes for cycling and vehicles, flexible space to accommodate on-street parking and seasonal restaurant patios, streetscape enhancements and amenities, and road structure and pavement upgrading.

(...)Approximately 170 people participated and identified various improvements, among them:

-Widening sidewalks;

-burying overhead utility lines;

-planting trees and other measures to enhance the public realm; and

-improving the cycling environment.

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