‘Ottawa’ Surprised? Roads Will be ‘Busy and Congested’ Due to Work This Fall, City Advises
City council’s transportation chair was frank about Ottawa’s fall construction season Thursday.
“Our roadways will be busy and congested,” Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli said during a seasonal briefing on road work.
There’s $210-million in renewal work is happening at over 225 sites this year. The city is spending another $132 million on 50 “new and improvement” projects.
The city flagged Nicholas Street, Main Street and the McIlraith Bridge, connecting Main Street and Smyth Road, as the major pinch-points for the fall.
Work on the O’Connor Street bikeway will impact traffic and Queen Street will continue major reconstruction.
Construction on a new sewage-intercepting tunnel will ramp up along Kent Street and a chunk of Lyon Street will be rebuilt. There will be traffic restrictions on Metcalfe Street near Parliament Hill while the city works on a gas main.
Motorists will notice some evening traffic restrictions on Highway 417 as crews work on the bridges at Richmond Road, Pinecrest Road, Woodroffe Avenue and Maitland Avenue.
Commuters are already getting a taste of fall traffic as people come back from vacation and kids return to school.
Some of the early gridlock is a mystery, even to city traffic experts.
They didn’t know why westbound traffic on Albert Street to Bank Street was virtually at a standstill Wednesday afternoon, even past the afternoon rush hours.
Staff noted, however, that road construction this fall will have the biggest impact in the core.
Some traffic patterns switched during LRT construction will return to normal operations.
Bank Street reopened to traffic in both directions south of Wellington Street on Thursday.
The city will permanently close the temporary Preston Street extension to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway on Sunday when the refurbished Booth Street bridge reopens that day. Bus stops currently on the Preston Street extension will move to the Booth Street bridge.