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Westbound Richmond Road - Long term closure

Date posted: Sunday September 11, 2022

As part of the O-Train Extension project, Richmond Road will be closed to vehicles travelling westbound between New Orchard Avenue to McEwen Avenue. Vehicles will be detoured along Ambleside Drive.


Motorists traveling westbound on Richmond Road will be detoured onto New Orchard Avenue, Ambleside Drive and McEwen Avenue to facilitate the closure of westbound Richmond Road between New Orchard Avenue and McEwen Avenue


Sunday September 11, 2022, until the end of 2023.


Construction of the Byron Tunnel across Richmond Road from McEwen Park takes place in a very constrained area.  From Hartleigh Avenue to

Richardson Avenue the space between the tunnel area and the adjacent residential properties is constrained.  To support construction and schedule, only 1 lane (eastbound traffic) can be maintained on Richmond Road.


Westbound Richmond Road, New Orchard Avenue to McEwen Avenue

Map depicting Richmond Road closure between McEwen and New Orchard

Anticipated Impacts

Motorists travelling westbound on Richmond Road will detour to New Orchard Avenue, travel west along Ambleside Drive, travel south along McEwen Avenue and re-enter Richmond Road at McEwen Avenue.

Eastbound motorists on Richmond Road will not be impacted.

Richmond Road businesses within the detoured corridor remain open and accessible. Access to businesses on Richmond between McEwen and New Orchard for eastbound motorists remains unchanged whereas westbound motorists will follow the signage posted on site.

Motorists should adhere to detours, traffic control signage, posted speed limits, allow for added travel time and use extra caution when moving through active construction corridors as traffic patterns change.

The sidewalk on the north side of Richmond Road will be closed from 955 Richmond (Ottawa Honda) to McEwen Avenue. Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured along a temporary pathway north of the construction site across McEwen Park terminating at the intersection of Ambleside Avenue and McEwen Avenue, or along the new sidewalk on Ambleside Avenue.

Two new controlled pedestrian crossings have been installed on New Orchard Avenue and Ambleside Drive.

Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution and adhere to posted signage when localized detours are in-place, to ensure safety.

The construction work outlined in this notice is subject to change. Work may be delayed or extended due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.


Accessibility is an important consideration for the O-Train Extension project. The O-Train Extension team makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact

The safety of the public and workers is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.

Contact Information

Future work is required in this area. Additional construction updates, such as changes to work sequencing and the duration or impact of this work will be communicated via the O-Train Extension project e-newsletter. To receive these electronic updates please sign up at and click ‘Connect with Us’ and select updates for “New Orchard Station”. For other accommodations, or questions, please contact:

Damon Berlin

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa