I’ve been provided with an update from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) staff on the status of the Highway 417 roadwork happening between the March/Eagleson exit and Highway 7. The contract is on schedule and expected to be completed in 2014, with median work expected to be completed by August, 2013. Traffic will be shifted both east and westbound to allow for the median work to happen. Once that is completed and the next stage begins in August, minor outside shoulder widening and paving will take place and the final paving and shoulder work will occur in 2014. All lanes of Highway 417 will remain open during the peak rush hours, with lane closures permitted during off-peak hours.
The Highway 417 widening project has impacts on a number of overpasses. It is expected that the work on the east part of the March/Eagleson bridge will be completed in October, after which point the second lane heading northbound will be restored along with the south westbound on-ramp. Work will cease for the winter months on the bridge, and will recommence in the spring. At that point, it will require the south westbound on-ramp to be closed for twelve weeks, with a detour in place and signage installed in advance. This work is expected to take place from May to July 2013.
At the Kanata Avenue/Castlefrank Road bridge, the eastbound on-ramp will be closed for up to six weeks to allow for the rehabilitation of the pavement on the ramp this fall.
Further west at the Huntmar Road and Carp Road bridges, construction work will begin in 2013. Huntmar bridge will be closed for the full construction period, with detours and signage in place to use the Palladium Drive interchange. The Carp Road bridge will be reduced to a single lane and traffic managed through temporary traffic signals.