The City of Ottawa will continue to see significant construction and renewal across the city this fall with the continuation of major infrastructure projects including the Highway 417 expansion project and increased construction on the Light Rail Transit project. Traffic volumes are expected to increase after Labour Day weekend and delays should be anticipated.
With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger their work hours, or use other alternative means for travel, including 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
• OC Transpo has capacity to carry more customers from the east end to help keep vehicles off the road. OC Transpo can accommodate approximately 750 more customers during the morning peak period and 950 more customers during the afternoon peak period.
• 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. Further project details and other information concerning ongoing City roadwork are available on ottawa.ca and you can follow us on Twitter
• Residents can also seek information by calling 3-1-1 or visiting a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.
• Permanent and mobile variable message signs are installed across the city to inform motorists of road closures, lane reductions and other traffic changes
• Get mobile travel planning via your smartphone or tablet on at octranspo.mobi.
• Sign up to receive alerts by e-mail or text for specific bus routes, cancelled trips, elevator status etc. at www.octranspo.com/alerts.
• New online tools will be announced in the coming months to help residents get around the city
Drivers are also reminded to be aware of emergency vehicles, especially within construction zones, and to pull over to the right and come to a complete stop. Motorists who are involved in an accident or are having mechanical issues should move their vehicle to the side of the road in order to keep traffic moving.
For more information on upcoming projects or for information about how construction will affect residents, visit ottawa.ca.