Trillium Line shuts down for next 2 years

Construction is set to begin on a $1.6-billion, 16-kilometre extension of the line — and that's not the only big disruption in the city.

Line will be expanded 16 kilometres, with new link to the airport

The O-Train Line 2 has closed for the next two years as construction begins on an extension of the north-south light rail line. (Francis Ferland/CBC News)

The Trillium Line O-Train is expected to be offline for the next two years as construction begins Sunday on a $1.6-billion, 16-kilometre extension.

Saturday was the last day of service on the north-south rail corridor, which runs from Greenboro to Bayview stations and through Carleton University.

Riders who normally travel along the line can now take replacement buses from any station along the line. Buses will run approximately every 12 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, OC Transpo said, and every 15 minutes on Sundays.

The project will see the five-station Trillium Line extended to Limebank Road in Riverside South, with a new link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. 

Eight new stations will be built, and existing stations will be expanded to accommodate longer trains that can carry more riders.

Confederation Line disrupted too

In other public transit news, the Confederation Line is closed this weekend for repairs, and it will also be shut down from Saturday, May 9 until Wednesday, May 13.

The City of Ottawa and Rideau Transit Group (RTG) are using the opportunity provided by low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic to do maintenance and repairs, a city memo said.

R1 replacement bus service will run throughout the entire line while it is closed.

The Alexandra Bridge between Gatineau and Ottawa is closed indefinitely for repairs, Public Services and Procurement Canada said on Friday. (Michel Aspirot/Radio-Canada)

Road closures as well

Public Services and Procurement Canada announced on Friday that the Alexandra Bridge will also be closed to traffic until further notice.

In a statement, the ministry said the closure, effective Friday, is for inspection and repair work. Pedestrians and cyclists, however, will be able to continue using the boardwalk on the west side of the bridge.

Hogs Back Road will close to motorists between Prince of Wales and Riverside drives on Monday, May 4, until August. It will also be closed between Colonel By and Riverside drives until December for bridge repairs.

Access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained. 

The Queen Elizabeth Driveway, meanwhile, remains closed daily to motorists between Laurier and Fifth avenues as part of a pilot project run by the National Capital Commission.

Information about other road closures and lane reductions can be found on the City of Ottawa website.

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