Closure of the Queensway: Ottawa’s highway open to traffic Monday morning

Traffic continues on a five kilometer section of the Queensway in western Ottawa this morning after construction crews replaced the aging Booth Street Bridge.

Highway 417 reopened to traffic between Metcalfe and Carling/Kirkwood avenues around midnight Monday, six hours ahead of schedule after crews worked all weekend to replace the bridge in western Ottawa.

“Good news! 417 is now fully open between Carling/Kirkwood and Metcalfe,” the Ottawa_Traffic Twitter account said at 12:15 a.m.

The weekend closure forced thousands of vehicles off the freeway on city streets, causing traffic delays on Carling Avenue, Catherine Street, Bronson Avenue and other roads across downtown, Little Italy and Westboro.

The freeway was originally scheduled to be closed for 82 hours between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Monday, but road closures and detours were lifted six hours earlier. On Sunday evening, construction crews were finishing paving the new section of freeway, painting traffic lanes and installing barriers ahead of its reopening.

Using “rapid bridge replacement” technology, construction crews are replacing the existing Booth Street Bridge. On Thursday night and Friday, crews tore down the original bridge and then put the new bridges in place.

“The conventional approach would take around two construction seasons and that would mean closing one lane at a time, which obviously would have a huge impact on traffic,” Frank Vanderlaan, Department of Transport Planning and Design, said on Thursday. road engineering.

“Being able to do it over an 82-hour period is a huge advantage.”

The Booth Street Bridge replacement is the first of five planned bridge replacements in Ottawa over the next three years.

Replacement of the Rochester Street Bridge is scheduled for the fall, with the Bronson Avenue and Percy Street overpass structures being replaced next summer. The Preston Street overpass is scheduled for replacement in 2024.

A live stream of the bridge replacement work along the Queensway is available on YouTube.

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