Digital messaging signs delayed by more than two months

The digital messaging signs installed last summer over the 417 and 174 westbound are still not fully operational more than a month after they were supposed to be handed over to the Ministry of Transportation.

Back in April, the Rideau Transit Group said the signs would be activated by the end of June and in the hands of the MTO. That body will handle operation of the signs.

In an email sent Thursday, July 24, Richard Holder, manager of light rail operations at RTG, said, "The associated electrical connections (are) ongoing."

He said there were "power supply design issues" with the signs and, while they have been resolved, that's delayed the project into next month.

“The activation of all three signs will be undertaken jointly between RTG and MTO staff and is scheduled for mid-August,” said Holder in the email.

He said it would take at least two weeks for that work to be completed, meaning they won’t be fully operational until September.

The installation of the signs created traffic chaos, particularly at the Parkdale exit where lane closures weren't marked far enough back to see them around a bend eastbound on the 417.

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