July 25, 2018 11:24 am

Ottawa’s Highway 417 to close overnight this weekend for bridge demolition

The city of Ottawa is advising motorists to plan ahead this weekend if they are traveling as it is closing Hghway 417 overnight in order to demolish the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge

Markus Scholz/dpa via AP

The city of Ottawa is advising motorist that it will be closing a section of Highway 417 in both directions from Saturday evening to Sunday morning to facilitate the demolition of the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge.

The city says that the closures will begin at 5 p.m. July 28 and will continue until 11 a.m. Sunday.

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The highway will be closed between Bronson Avenue and Carling Avenue. The city says that during the work, eastbound on-ramps will be closed at Carling, Parkdale and Maitland. Westbound on-ramps at Catherine, Rochester, Parkdale, Lyon and O’Connor will also be closed.

Seen here is a concept image of what the new Harmer pedestrian bridge will look like after demolition and construction is complete.

City of Ottawa

The city will have detours in place for those travelling along the roadway. The following detours will be in effect during the closure:

Westbound detour:

  • Westbound motorists must exit the highway at Bronson Avenue onto Catherine Street
  • Proceed via Catherine Street, which becomes Raymond Street, westbound to Booth Street
  • Proceed via Booth Street southbound to Carling Avenue
  • Proceed via Carling Avenue westbound to the westbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Kirkwood Avenue (west of the fire station)

Eastbound detour:

  • Eastbound motorists must exit the highway at Carling Avenue and continue east to Bronson Avenue
  • Proceed via Bronson Avenue northbound to Chamberlain Avenue
  • Proceed via Chamberlain Avenue eastbound to Isabella Street
  • Proceed via Isabella Street eastbound onto the eastbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Metcalfe Street

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According to the city, the purpose of this project is to “renew the existing infrastructure and construct a bridge that will be part of the active living transportation network.”

The city is advising the public to plan ahead as there will most likely be heavy delays along the highway due to the work.

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