Construction in Ottawa: a section of Slater Street will be closed for two weekends

A block of Slater Street, a major corridor in downtown Ottawa, will be closed for two weekends this month for construction.

The City of Ottawa says Slater will close from Bronson Avenue to Bay Street from 9 a.m. Aug. 12 to 10 p.m. Aug. 14, though some overnight work may continue until 2 a.m. Monday.

A second closure will take place from 9 a.m. on August 19 to 10 p.m. on August 21.

“These weekend closures are necessary to facilitate major sewer and watermain construction work that cannot occur on weekdays due to traffic constraints,” the city said.

Detours will be in place for motorists, cyclists and OC Transpo. Commuters will be diverted via Laurier Avenue and Bay Street. Slater will remain open to local traffic during the shutdown and will temporarily be a two-way street. Residents will be able to access Slater from the Bay Street intersection.

The work on Slater is part of a $43.7 million project to rehabilitate Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street and Bronson Avenue. The full project is expected to be completed by 2024.

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