These lane reductions are required to complete the construction and installation of a new permanent overhead digital sign near Bayswater Avenue. This sign, which will span the westbound lanes, is similar to the ones on Hwy 401 in Toronto. Once in place, it will provide real time traffic and safety information to motorists.
Motorists are reminded to respect the reduced speed limits and use caution when travelling through the construction zone.
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. The additional lane will be used for bus 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.