Traffic advisory due to light rail construction - various locations throughout Ottawa

Upcoming ramp closures and lane reductions on Highways 417 and 174 Ottawa: Starting Sunday, October 27, the following additional off peak lane, ramp and shoulder closures on Highway 417 in both directions are scheduled to occur between Parkdale Avenue and Walkley Road and on Highway 174 between Montreal Road and the Hwy 417/174 split.

Friday, Oct 25 to Monday, Oct 28
• The southbound Vanier Parkway on-ramp to Hwy 417 eastbound will be closed for the weekend, beginning 11 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.

Sunday, Oct 27 to Friday, Nov 1 (Beginning Sunday evening)
• The right shoulder of the westbound Hwy 174 will be closed in the vicinity of Montreal Road to Blair Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
• The right and left shoulder of Hwy 417 will be closed in both directions between Innes Road and the Cyrville Road overpass, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
• The left shoulder of the eastbound Hwy 417 off-ramp to Bronson Avenue will be closed nightly and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The right shoulder of the northbound Parkdale Avenue on-ramp to Hwy 417 eastbound will be closed overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
• The left shoulder of the westbound Hwy 417 off-ramp to Parkdale Avenue will be closed overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct 28 to Wednesday, Oct 30
• The eastbound Hwy 417 off-ramp to Vanier Parkway will be closed nightly.

Monday, Oct 28 to Friday, Nov 1
• Hwy 417 will reduced to 2 lanes in each direction between Nicholas Street and the Cyrville Road overpass, daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Hwy 417 will be reduced to 1 lane in each direction between Nicholas Street and Cyrville Road
overpass.
• There will be alternating lane closures on Hwy 417 westbound between Walkley Road and Innes Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• There will be alternating lane closures on Hwy 174 westbound from Montreal Road to Blair Road, overnight and daily from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• The northbound St. Laurent on-ramp to Hwy 417 westbound will be closed nightly.
• St. Laurent Boulevard will be reduced by one lane in each direction nightly between Lemieux Street and Tremblay Road.

Tuesday, Oct 29
• The right lane of Hwy 417 westbound will be closed overnight between Bronson Avenue and Booth Street.

Tuesday, Oct 29 to Wednesday, Oct 30
• Hwy 417 will be closed in both directions in the vicinity of Vanier Parkway to Lees Avenue 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.

Wednesday, Oct 30
• The left lane of the westbound Hwy 417 will be closed overnight between Rochester Street and
Parkdale Avenue.

Thursday, Oct 31
• The right lane of Hwy 417 eastbound will be closed overnight between the Kent Street off-ramp and Metcalfe Street.

Thursday, Oct 31 to Saturday, Nov 2
• The northbound Vanier Parkway on-ramp to Hwy 417 westbound will be closed nightly.

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. 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.