Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Additional Highway 417 road work begins on June 13

March Road Highway 417 westbound on-ramp closes Friday August 9th for approximately 12 weeks. Access will be available at Terry Fox and detours will be posted.

Huntmar Bridge between Cyclone Taylor and Palladium North will be closed on July 29th for 6 weeks. You can use the Palladium Bridge at that time.

March Valley Road is closed between Klondike and Riddell Dr. to replace a bridge structure located 250m north of Klondike Rd. The road will be closed until the end of August 2013.  Local access to March Valley Road will be maintained from Klondike Road and from Riddell Drive.  There is no way for pedestrians or cyclists to get around the closure site.

Starting Thursday, June 13, the following additional ramp and lane closures will begin between Nicholas Street and the Highway 417/Ottawa Road 174 Split as part of the Highway 417 expansion project.

• The eastbound Lees Avenue on-ramp will be closed from the morning of Thursday, June 13 until spring 2018.

• The eastbound Nicholas Street on-ramp will be reduced to one lane from the morning of Friday, June 14until fall 2015.

• The eastbound Vanier Parkway Riverside Drive off-ramp will be temporarily closed during the night of Friday, June 14 until the early morning of Saturday, June 15 for preparatory work. Beginning on Saturday, June 15this off-ramp will be reduced to one lane until summer 2015.

Beginning on the evening of June 14, speed limits will be reduced to 80 km/h on Highway 417 from Nicholas Avenue to the Split in both eastbound and westbound directions, but all three lanes will be maintained in both directions during peak periods. There will also be intermittent lane reductions during off-peak periods.

Signage will be in place to advise commuters of traffic and road changes and motorists are reminded to use caution when travelling through construction zones.

The Highway 417 expansion project, which began in May, will add an additional lane in each direction, between Nicholas Street and the Split. Construction on the project will be completed by fall 2015. For further information please visit ottawa.ca.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use other alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

Travel Planner at octranspo.com – transit users can chart and plan routes

City of Ottawa Traffic Report – outlining citywide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours

Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city

Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras along Highway 417

Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city

Information about additional construction activity will be shared with the public prior to work commencing. Further project details and other ongoing City roadwork is available on ottawa.ca.

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