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(Posted 8:30 a.m., May 8)
Long list of construction projects will try commuters' patience

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

East end commuters might want to load up on Tylenol and take a few deep breathing courses as the City of Ottawa gears up for construction season,

A long list of construction projects that includes the Trim Road realignment and the widening of the eastern portion of the Queensway is bound to test the patience of even the most .

Work on Trim Road is already in full gear, but thus far the impact on commuters has been minimal. That will change over the coming months as the new roadway is paved and the changover is made from the old Trim Road to the new one.

Work will also begin this summer on widening St. Joseph Blvd. between the police station and Trim Road.

Other projects include resurfacing the Blackburn Bypass, the installation of a watermain along Montreal Road between Ogilvie Road and Hwy. 174, and the installation of a natural gas main along Innes Road between St. Laurent Blvd. and Blair Rd.

But the biggest project by far and the one that will have the largest and most long-lasting impact is the Queensway widening between the split and Nicholas Street. An extra lane is being added in both directions and several overpasses are being replaced over the next two years.

OC Transpo plans to assign more buses to the east end to help deal with an anticipated increase in demand. The city also plans to invest in new cycling and pedestrian pathways, traffic control signals, and traffic managment upgrades.

A number of road resurfacing projects are also scheduled for 2013. They include Colonial Rd. between Trim Rd. and Frank Kenny Rd.; Des Epinettes Ave. between Tenth Line Rd. and Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.; Montcrest Dr. between Princess Louise Dr. and Watters Rd.; Watters between Montrcrest and Charlemagne Blvd.; Prestwick Dr. between Amiens St. and Innes Rd.; and Russell Rd. between Hall Rd. and Rockdale Rd.

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