8:30 a.m., May 8)
list of construction projects will try commuters' patience
By Fred Sherwin
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,
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 .
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
will also begin this summer on widening St. Joseph Blvd.
between the police station and Trim Road.
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
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.
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.
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
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