The work to expand Highway 417 from Nicholas to the Split is winding down. Starting Sunday June 28, a dedicated bus lane on Highway 417 in both directions will be used so the O-Train Confederation Line project can start converting the Transitway from Hurdman to Blair to a Light Rail Transit system.
Motorists should still expect periodic lane closures until this fall to allow for the remainder of the construction and clean-up operations to occur. Until this time, the speed limit will remain 80 km/h.
Also as of June 28, the ramp from the westbound Highway 417 east of the Split, to Highway 174 eastbound, will be closed until 2018. Motorists are encouraged to use Innes Road as a detour. An additional eastbound lane on Innes Road is being constructed and will open in the fall to compensate for increased traffic during peak periods.
The Highway 417 Expansion project will be substantially completed at this time, however final works including landscaping will be ongoing until final completion in Fall 2015.
For further information on the new dedicated bus lanes, please refer to the City’s Public Service Announcement: http://ottawa.ca/en/news/new-dedicated-bus-lanes-417-will-open-june-28
OC Transpo has made adjustments to east-end routes to keep travel times as fast as possible and has added trips to provide more capacity between Hurdman and Blair Stations. Approximately 84 per cent of customers will not be affected by these adjustments; however, some customers will have changes to their current routes and connection points. For more information on the new locations of stops and stations, please visit the OC Transpo website: http://www.octranspo1.com/routes/on_track_2018