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Lees Avenue Underpass Rapid Replacement - Highway 417 full closure on September 6-7

Beginning Saturday, September 6, at 6 p.m., Highway 417 will be closed to traffic in both directions between Nicholas Street and Vanier Parkway for the installation of the new Lees Avenue Bridge.

Please note that lane reductions will be in place prior to the full closure, beginning as early as 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 6. A single lane of traffic is expected to be open by 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 7. Full reopening of all lanes in both directions should occur by 5 a.m. on Monday, September 8.

During this time, there will be:
• No access to Highway 417 eastbound from Nicholas Street
• No access to Highway 417 eastbound from Isabella/Metcalfe streets
• No access to Highway 417 westbound from Vanier Parkway

Eastbound traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further east than Metcalfe Street (EXIT 119) and will be detoured via Main Street and Riverside Drive to Highway 417 eastbound.

Eastbound vehicles wishing to travel downtown or to Quebec via the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge will remain on Highway 417 to Nicholas Street (EXIT 118).

Westbound traffic will be required to exit Highway 417 no further west than Vanier Parkway (EXIT 117) and will be detoured via Riverside Drive and Bronson Avenue to Highway 417 westbound.

Westbound vehicles wishing to travel to Quebec via the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge will follow the marked detour along Vanier Parkway and St. Patrick Street to the bridge.

Detour routes will be signed and will remain in place until all lanes of traffic through the closed section of Highway 417 have been reopened.

As part of this work, Lees Avenue between Chapel Crescent and the Transitway is scheduled to reopen as of mid-September. Traffic is detoured via Main Street and Greenfield Avenue. Please note that Robinson Avenue between Lees Avenue and Hurdman Road will be closed as of 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 7. Residents of Lees Avenue and Hurdman Road will be required to exit the community via a temporary roadway from the east limit of Hurdman Road onto Highway 417 eastbound. Residents wishing to enter the Robinson Avenue community will need to present themselves to Ottawa Police officers at either of the Vanier Parkway westbound on-ramps from which point they will be escorted to the Robinson Avenue Community.

As well, the closure of the eastern Rideau River multi-use pathway has been postponed and is tentatively rescheduled for mid September. Further details on the revised closure date will be provided closer to the date. The western pathway remains closed with detour signage in place.

Next City of Ottawa Planning Primer session for residents - September 13 or 15

The Planning and Growth Management Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process. The program is a series of half-day courses. Please see the city's website for a schedule of other Primer courses and descriptions.

To make the most of the information being presented, residents must attend the Primer I course before attending Primer II and attend both the Primer I and II courses before attending an elective course. The content of these Primer courses is the same as those offered in previous years. The courses are offered in English only.

September 13 or 15, 2014
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Colonel By Room, Second Floor
8:30 a.m. to noon

To register, e-mail primer@ottawa.ca no later than September 10, 2014. Seating is limited to 45 residents per session. Questions? Please contact primer@ottawa.ca.

Traffic advisory - Colonel By Drive lane narrowing beginning August 4

Masonry finishing work to the retaining walls located along Colonel By Drive, between Echo Drive near Bank Street and Clegg Street, will begin Monday, August 4. This work will continue until September 2014. During the work period, the northbound lane of Colonel By Drive will be narrowed at all times. Traffic cones and directional signage will be on site to direct traffic and to ensure worker safety.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists to respect signage to ensure their safety. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to continue to use the Rideau Canal Recreational Pathway during the work.

Upcoming closure/re-routing of Rideau River pathway

The City of Ottawa is anticipating the closure/re-routing of the Rideau River multi-use pathway due to construction. The west side pathway is expected to be closed as of August 11 for approximately 4-6 weeks. The east side pathway is expected to close in early September for approximately 4-6 weeks. Detour signs will be posted.

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