Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Upcoming ramp closures and lane reductions on Highway 417.

Ottawa – Starting Tuesday, September 3 there will be additional off peak lane closures on Highway 417 in both directions between Nicholas Street and the 174 split.

  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Wednesday, Sept 4 – The southbound St. Laurent Boulevard on ramp to the westbound 417 will be closed nightly.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Thursday, Sept 5 – The 417 will be closed in both directions in the vicinity of the Vanier Parkway and Belfast Road for 15 minute intervals between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Ontario Provincial Police will be on hand to direct traffic; however motorists are urged to consider alternate routes.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Friday, Sept 6 – The right lane of 417 will be closed nightly in both directions between Cyrville Road and Nicholas Street.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Friday, Sept 6 – The right and left shoulders of Highway 417 will be closed in both directions between Cyrville Road and the CN overpass, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Friday, Sept 6 – The right shoulder of OR 174 westbound will be closed between approximately Montreal Road and Blair Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Friday, Sept 6 – There will be alternating lane closures on westbound 417 in the vicinity of Walkley Road to Innes Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Friday, Sept 6 – St. Laurent Boulevard will be reduced by one lane in each direction nightly between Lemieux Street and Tremblay Road.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 to Friday, Sept 6 – One lane of Tremblay Road (westbound) between Belfast Road and Riverside Drive will be closed daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • note that the lane reductions on Ottawa Road 174 (westbound) have been removed and there are now 2 lanes westbound that merge into 1 lane near St Laurent Boulevard. Also the St. Laurent Boulevard off-ramp has reopened in a new dedicated lane that starts at the eastbound Highway 417 off ramp. Motorists are advised to keep to the right after Blair Road if they wish to use the St. Laurent Boulevard off ramp.

Signage will be in place to advise commuters of these traffic and road changes. Motorists are also reminded to respect the reduced speed limits and use caution when travelling through construction zones. Many of these construction elements are weather dependant and may be implemented later than the dates given.

This work is being done as part of the Highway 417 expansion project, which began in May, and will add an additional lane in each direction, between Nicholas Street and the Split, for rapid transit during the 2015 to 2018 phase of the Confederation Line construction.

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 information concerning ongoing City roadwork are available on ottawa.ca.

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