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jueves, 23 de abril de 2015

LRT, Transitway work highlights of summer of construction


After two years underground and behind the scenes, work on Ottawa's light rail system will start to be front and centre during this summer's construction season.

Transitway closure in June to change east-end commute

The conversion of a large section of the Transitway in the east end between Hurdman and Blair stations to light rail is likely the biggest change commuters will notice this summer, according to city officials giving a technical briefing Thursday.

But entrance work at downtown LRT stations is also set to begin, as is construction at four future LRT stations in the east end: Tremblay, St. Laurent, Cyrville and Blair.

As LRT work ramps up, other work, such as the widening of Hwy. 417 to accommodate OC Transpo buses, is scheduled to wrap up this fall.

Though people in Ottawa's east end may disagree, this year's summer of construction may end up being less painful than the daily grind commuters experienced over the last two years.

Commuter can expect disruptions in the downtown core, however, because of work on Albert/Scott Street and Sussex Drive and work at Lyon and Rideau Stations, said Phil Landry, the manager of Traffic Services for the City of Ottawa.

The city is beginning work on 60 new projects covering more than 50 km of road and spending $240 million on renewal work at 195 sites covering 120 km.

Last year there were 85 new projects covering 50 km, while there were about double the number of renewal work projects.

Here are some of the projects expected to have a high impact, sorted by the month work is set to begin.


May


Nicholas St. utility work and bridge repairs. Main street reconstruction. McIlraith Bridge rehabilitation. June


Hwy 417 adjustments to accommodate Transitway going offline. Hwy 417 westbound onramp to Hwy 174 eastbound ramp closure.


July - August


Parkdale off-ramp closure. The Transitway from Hurdman to Blair is scheduled to go offline on June 28.

Ver Mas en: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/lrt-transitway-work-highlights-of-summer-of-construction-1.3046292

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