Ottawa’s Main Street corners — normally fully festooned with flora — will be a little barer this summer season.

Ottawa Main Street Association volunteers are usually charged with the corners’ upkeep, but were asked to scale things back this year by the City of Ottawa. The city’s request was made in anticipation of its Main Street waterline project. The project will replace the existing main waterline underneath Ottawa’s Main Street.

“When we start the waterline project, we will likely make a mess of some, if not all, of those corners,” Dennis Tharp, city utilities director, said in explaining the city’s request.

The project was originally slated to begin July 1, but will now begin mid-July, he said.

Tharp also said informational meetings will be hosted to inform local residents and business owners of the potential disruptions caused by the waterline project. Meetings will be hosted in two to three weeks at City Hall, Tharp said.