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Second stage of Highway 417 construction begins


July 16, 2014
By Rock to Road

July 16, 2014, Ottawa, Ont. – The second and final stage of
the Highway 417 expansion in Ottawa has begun on schedule. The second stage of construction began on July 11th. The
work will focus on rehabilitating the median, as well as replacing the Lees
Avenue and Vanier Parkway bridges using rapid replacement construction
techniques.

July 16, 2014, Ottawa, Ont. – The second and final stage of
the Highway 417 expansion in Ottawa has begun on schedule. The second stage of construction began on July 11th. The
work will focus on rehabilitating the median, as well as replacing the Lees
Avenue and Vanier Parkway bridges using rapid replacement construction
techniques.

 

Stage 2 construction will require traffic lanes to be
reconfigured from the inside lanes to the outside lanes. Beginning tonight,
traffic control barriers in the eastbound lanes will be reconfigured. Reconfiguration
of the traffic control barriers in the westbound lanes are scheduled to occur
overnight beginning as early as July 21. As the work is occurring overnight,
traffic impacts should be minimal.

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Bridge work, including widening and replacing the Hurdman
and Belfast bridges and widening and rehabilitating the Central Transitway and
St. Laurent Boulevard bridges will continue into the second stage of
construction.

 

The first stage of construction began in May 2013 where
construction activities focused on expanding the Highway 417 to create one
additional lane in both directions, between Nicholas Street and the Split,
including utility relocation, construction of related drainage works, roadside
protection and retaining walls. Other significant works completed in stage 1
includes realigning the Highway 174 off-ramp to St. Laurent Boulevard, as well
as the rapid removal of the Lees Avenue Bridge.

 

The Highway 417 Expansion project is scheduled to be
completed in fall 2015. The additional lane will be used for bus rapid transit
during the 2015 to 2018 phase of the Confederation Line construction.