Upcoming Traffic Impacts in Ottawa

Upcoming Traffic Impacts in Ottawa

Upcoming events and projects that will impact Ottawa traffic. Traffic impacts in Ottawa for the coming days – beginning Friday, May 24

May 23, 2019 – Upcoming events and projects will have the following impacts on Ottawa traffic:

Airport Parkway – Until August 2019, there will be intermittent lane reductions on the Airport Parkway between the Taxiway Underpass and Hunt Club Road for road resurfacing. Reductions will take place between 9 pm and 6 am on weekdays, and between 9 pm and 7 am on weekends.

Bronson Avenue – Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane will be closed on Bronson Avenue between Arlington and Chamberlain avenues, until the end of August 2019, as part of the Bronson Avenue Reconstruction Project. Only one southbound lane will remain open. Northbound traffic, including OC Transpo buses, will be detoured from Bronson Avenue, east along Chamberlain Avenue, north along Kent Street, west along Gladstone Avenue, then back to Bronson Avenue. Westbound access to Highway 417 will still be available via Catherine Street/Raymond Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the construction period. Cyclists will be detoured northbound via Percy Street to Gladstone Avenue.

Carp Road – Carp Road will be reduce to one lane until Friday, May 31, between Hazeldean and Westbrook roads.

Chaudière Bridge – The Union Bridge on the Chaudière Crossing will remain closed to motorists until August 2019, due to elevated water levels and planned construction. Once water levels recede, the bridge will reopen for public transit, pedestrian and cyclist use only.

Elgin Street – Jack Purcell Lane will remain closed at Waverley Street for approximately two weeks for deep sewer installation, as part of the Elgin Street Renewal project. Frank Street is open to route westbound traffic across Elgin. Access to the Jack Purcell Community Centre is being maintained via Lewis Street. The pedestrian pathway through Jack Purcell Park is also closed and pedestrian detours and signage are in place along Elgin, Metcalfe, Gilmour and Frank streets to temporarily direct pedestrians around the park. Visit ottawa.ca for more information.

McIlraith Bridge – On Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27, the McIlraith Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction, between Main Street and Smyth Road, for a bridge inspection. Reductions will take place between 9 am and 3 pm. Signage will be in place to guide traffic, and pedestrian, cyclist and motorist are advised to travel with caution when on the bridge during inspection.

Road Closures related to flooding – Roads in West Carleton-March, Cumberland and Bay wards, have been closed due flooding. Residents are advised to avoid areas impacted by flooding and can view up-to-date information on road closures on our Interactive Traffic Map.

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway – On weekdays, until Friday, June 7, there will be intermittent off-peak lane closures on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, between 9:30 am and 3 pm. The closures are for tree clearing and will be between Dominion and Cleary avenues.


Ottawa Race Weekend – The course routes for Ottawa Race Weekend have changed this year, due to construction on Elgin Street and flooding of the Chaudière Bridge. Runners will use one lane of the Portage Bridge instead. New this year, McRae Avenue will be closed for the marathon, and Carleton Avenue will be closed for the half marathon. There will be numerous closures in and around the downtown area on Saturday, May 25 from as early as 1 pm until 9 pm, and on Sunday, May 26 from as early as 5 am until 2 pm. For a complete list of closures, dates and times visit runottawa.ca.

The Great Glebe Garage Sale – Additional parking restrictions will be in effect until 4 pm on Saturday, May 25, on Bank Street between Powell Avenue and Fifth Avenue, during the Great Glebe Garage Sale.

For more updates on construction and roadwork activity across the city or for information about traffic and travel planning, visit the City’s traffic report or follow the City’s traffic account on Twitter. For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.