Ottawa’s mayor says 2015 will be one of momentum in the city.

Jim Watson unveiled his plans for Ottawa during his State of the City address at city hall Wednesday morning.

“Looking ahead...2015 will have no shortage of cranes and bulldozers,” Watson said.

One project moving ahead is Light Rail Transit (LRT). While inconvenient for some, others are taking all the construction in stride.

“People are complaining about the traffic but it’s part of progress right?” noted one Ottawa resident.

On Thursday, the city will unveil one of the LRT train cars. It will then be showcased at the Aberdeen Pavilion beginning on Friday until the end of March from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Watson also announced former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will receive a key to the city, the city’s highest civic honour, in March.

Additionally, he said, plans are underway for a permanent memorial for the victims of the fatal bus-train collision in Barrhaven in 2013 which claimed the lives of six people.

Among the other highlights from the address:

  • Watson says he’s optimistic about economic growth in the city
  • A new central library is in the works
  • City hopes to expand the 417 underpass mural program
  • Mayor’s Rural Expo is now a permanent event
  • City Hall to host a Tourism Summit