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Pilot project boosts maximum speed on eastbound 417 to 110 km/h

A pilot project testing a 110-km/h speed limit takes off Thursday along a just over 100-kilometre stretch of Highway 417 from Anderson Road in the city’s east end to the Quebec border.

The 150 km/h cut off for street racing won’t change and transports are still limited to 105 km/h.

The Ontario government says that half-a-dozen Canadian provinces have speed limits of 110 km/h — or higher — and that this province has among the safest highways in North America.

Thoughts on the change?

There’s a survey on the government of Ontario website. The poll closes Nov. 23.

Heads up for something that will definitely slow midday Queensway traffic: All lanes of the eastbound off-ramp at Bronson Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile in Riverside South, Spratt Road is closed between Rideau and Earl Armstrong roads until Dec. 18 to install storm sewers and a water main.

Recent construction starts

The tunnel under Wellington Street east of the Portage Bridge will be closed until Sept. 30 for concrete repairs. Work will be underway on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The traffic lanes in the tunnel for motorists at Commissioner Street will also be narrowed during this work.

Richmond Road is reduced to one westbound lane between Redwood and Fraser avenues until the end of November to replace a water main. Eastbound traffic is detoured onto Byron Avenue. Fraser Avenue becomes one-way northbound between Byron Avenue and Richmond Road; Redwood Avenue is one-way southbound between Richmond Road and Keenan Avenue.


Sparks Street is closed between Bay and Lyon streets for construction until September 2023. Follow the signed detour.

Expect lane reductions on Albert Street between City Centre Avenue and the Trillium multi-use pathway during off-peak hours for about the next two months to build cycling and transit infrastructure.

There will be lane reductions on Hazeldean Road between Fringewood Drive and Cedarow Court to install a sanitary sewer until Oct. 25. One lane will remain open in each direction. A second eastbound lane will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. A second westbound lane will be open daily from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sidewalks are open.

Jockvale Road will be reduced to a single alternating lane between Strandherd Drive and Tartan Drive/Exeter Drive during off-peak hours until the end of September.

Strandherd Drive will be reduced to one lane westbound between Greenbank Road and Jockvale Road until the end of the month to add a new water main.

Expect intermittent pathway closures in Remic Rapids Park from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until mid-October as the National Capital Commission plants trees to replace those lost to the emerald ash borer.

Meanwhile, a section of the Ottawa River Pathway between Vimy Place and Booth Street will be closed until Oct. 4 for the installation of new electrical lines and manholes.

There will be intermittent weekday lane reductions on Anderson Road between Renaud and Russell roads, until Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. for repaving.

Source: Ottawa Sun