Downtown traffic on Queen Street is likely to slow down starting on Monday and for the rest of the year, as work begins to replace a water main installed more than a century ago.
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Portions of Queen Street will be reduced to one lane in both directions as work begins to replace the old water main, starting on Monday with the intersection of Queen and Kent Street.
The remainder of the work along Queen Street will be done from Bronson Avenue to Elgin Street and in portions to limit traffic disruptions. The work is expected to be completed by December 2013.
Water main installed in 1874
City officials say transit service will continue and pedestrian access and access to buildings will be maintained.
The lane closures will allow workers to replace the aged Queen Street water main, which was installed in 1874. A temporary water supply system has been designed to maintain current levels along Queen Street.
The water main replacement is being done this year in advance of later work on tunnel construction for Ottawa's light rail system.
Later this summer, digging for the LRT tunnel will begin at the parking lot at Queen and Kent, as excavators there work to meet up with excavators coming from the west and east entrances to the tunnel.
Lane reductions along Queen are again expected next summer as well as as part of the LRT work.