TRAFFIC: Collisions, ditches and detours -your drive won't be very fun today
Feb. 10, 2020
Make time to take it slow Monday morning, motorists – the roads are snow covered and slick and traffic heavy.
The Ottawa Police Service said that three dozen collisions were reported between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. “Please drive carefully,” police said. They warned to expect lane reductions on Boundary Road in both directions from Thunder Road to to Highway 417 because a vehicle in the ditch was blocking traffic.
Starting Monday morning, Kent Street is closed between Gladstone Avenue and James Street and the intersection at Florence and Kent streets is closed until mid-March for sewer and water main work.
Drivers are encouraged to use Bronson Avenue or Metcalfe Street instead. Local access will be maintained but there will be a detour between Gladstone Avenue and Somerset Street.
Sidewalks remain open to pedestrians while cyclists can dismount to cross the intersection.
On O-Train Line 1, a twelfth train was being launched as of 7:45 a.m. while one train had to be “swapped out,” according to a statement from transit GM John Manconi.
There were five minute headways between trains, Manconi said.
Supplemental bus service from Tunney’s Pasture, Blair and Hurdman stations to downtown continued during the Monday morning peak.
There’s no snow day Monday but the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has released a tentative schedule for transportation to English public schools this week cancelling buses on strike days planned by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Tuesday and Thursday and a PD day Friday.
“It is imperative that we avoid confusion for thousands of drivers, parents and students, which increases risk to student safety, especially in this cold winter weather,” OSTA said.
Because of the “size and complexity” of the school bus system and the “uncertainty of job action,” a decision will be made to cancel transportation at 4 p.m. the day before planned strikes and it won’t chance even if the strike is cancelled.
Gladstone Avenue eastbound is closed between Elgin and Cartier streets for four weeks to bury hydro wires. OC Transpo routes 14 and 114 will be detoured. Signed detours will be in place and local access will be maintained.
Expect intermittent lane and ramp closures on Highway 174 during off-peak hours between Blair and Trim roads until end of February to get ready for the Stage 2 Confederation Line east extension.
Expect intermittent lane reductions on Montreal Road between the Vanier Parkway and St. Laurent Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily until Friday. Montreal Road eastbound is also reduced to one lane at the intersection of Montreal and North River roads. South of Montreal Road, southbound North River Road is closed until Feb. 21. Detour signs for traffic and pedestrians are in place.
A section of the Rideau Canal eastern and western pathways near the Pretoria Bridge is closed until March for structural repairs under the Queensway overpass.
Hog’s Back is closed to vehicles between Colonel by Drive and Prince of Wales Drive. Work on the swing bridge is expected to wrap up in the spring then Park Canada will start the repair and replacement of the fixed bridge over the Hog’s Back falls. Pedestrians and cyclists are not affected. Hog’s Back Road is expected to fully reopen in December 2020.
Bayfield Avenue is closed between Herzberg Road and Carling Avenue until Oct. 2020 for the installation of a trunk sewer.
Cumberland Street is closed between Stewart Street and Wilbrod Street until June 2020.
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