the good news -- work is finally about to begin on fixing
the split. Now the bad news -- it will be at least five
years before east end commuters will benefit from the improvements.
6:30 a.m., May 22)
reductions begin on westbound Hwy. 174
By Fred Sherwin
at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, the westbound lane of Hwy.
174 will be closed between the Blair Road on-ramp and
the split. Other closures will be implemented as the work
progresses including the closure of one westbound lane
through the split itself under the Aviation Parkway overpass.
work is being conducted to add a dedicated off ramp for
St. Laurent Blvd., allowing for two westbound thru lanes
on Hwy. 174. The catch is that one of the lanes will be
turned into a bus only lane whle work is being conducted
on converting the transitway to light rail. That work
is expected to take two years to complete between 2015
closures at the split is not the only headache east end
commuters will have to endure over the next five years.
Work has also begun on widening the Queensway in both
directions between the split and Nicholas Street starting
with the widening of the Cst. Robert Maki bridge over
the Rideau River.
mid-June, the eastbound Hwy. 417 on-ramp at Lees Avenue
will be be closed to traffic until 2015.
extra lanes will be dedicated for OC Transpo buses during
the LRT project, which means motorists will not be able
to benefit from the construction until 2017 at the earliest.
work on the split and the Queensway is being wholly funded
by the provincial government and represents a total investment
of $220 million.
the consturction period commuters are encouraged to leave
their cars at home and use OC Transpo. To ease disruption
for commuters and motorists, OC Transpo has increased
bus service from the Trim Park & Ride Transitway station
to downtown. There will be 11 additional transit trips
added from Trim to downtown during the morning peak periods.
There will be 12 additional transit trips added to the
afternoon peak periods from downtown to Trim.
lane reductions will also result in higher traffic volume
on alternate routes including Ogilvie Road, Montreal Road
and Innes Road.
updates on lane closures can be found at http://ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/trafficreport/report_search.pl?lang=en.
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