Construction surrounds Parliament Hill as tourists descend for Canada 150

Workers setup a large banner as preparations are made to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and New Years Eve celebrations to ring in 2017 on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Friday, December 30, 2016. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

By Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer, June 29, 2017 

OTTAWA — While Parliament Hill has spent weeks preparing for tens of thousands of visitors to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the surrounding streets will look a little less ready for company.

Construction on the city’s long-awaited light rail transit project is behind schedule, with gaping holes and boarded up fences remaining at key intersections a block or two from the centre of the sesquicentennial celebrations.

Nearby Sparks Street has several buildings under construction, with the pedestrian mall’s walkway narrowed at points because of it.

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