Traffic alert: Another bridge-related interruption scheduled for Highway 417 in Ottawa on Aug. 10-14


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Dear Ottawa motorists. You are not imagining things. It’s happening again.

The Queensway will undergo a third weekend closure in the span of less than a month, with the next shutdown running from Aug. 10 to 14 to allow for a rapid bridge replacement at Percy Street in the city centre.

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The City of Ottawa announced Thursday that the provincial Ministry of Transportation would close sections of Highway 417 starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, with reopening set for 6 a.m on Monday, Aug. 14.

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The closures will involve eastbound lanes of the highway between Carling/Kirkwood and Metcalfe, and westbound lanes between Metcalfe/Catherine and Bronson.

A handful of access ramps will also be closed: westbound at O’Connor and Lyon (ongoing); and eastbound at Maitland, Carling and Parkdale.

The city also issued maps detailing detours that will be in place during the Percy Street bridge replacement.

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The westbound detour for Highway 417 on Aug. 10-14 because of the rapid bridge replacement project at Percy Street. Photo by City of Ottawa /Handout

Westbound vehicles must:

• Exit the highway at Metcalfe/Catherine;

• Continue westbound on Catherine Street;

• Return to Highway 417 using the Bronson Avenue westbound access ramp.

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The eastbound detour that will be in place for Highway 417 bridge replacement on Aug. 10-14, 2023. Photo by City of Ottawa /Handout

Eastbound vehicles must:

• Exit the highway at Carling/Kirkwood;

• Continue eastbound on Carling Avenue;

• Turn right on Bronson Avenue;

• Take the ramp to eastbound Riverside Drive;

• Continue eastbound on Riverside Drive;

• Return to Highway 417 at the Riverside eastbound access ramp (just before the 417 bridge).

The city’s advisory also said transit information would be available online at, by calling 613-560-5000 or by following OC Transpo’s account on X (the new name for Twitter).

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