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More traffic tie-ups coming in fall

The season will soon be changing, but traffic headaches are here to stay for fall.

City officials outlined the schedule that will see 30 new construction projects and 24 road re-surfacing.

Several routes that cross the Rideau River will soon see slow-downs, which will cause some commuter pain because 30% of people are already using those roads as an alternative to the construction on the 417.

"The challenge too is that there is construction going on Sussex and Rideau and St. Patrick and as well as the highway, so all those roads are under construction, so it's about trying to find that balance," said Phil Landry, city manager of traffic services.

The 417 will see full closures in the coming months. One of those is between the Vanier Parkway and Main Street on the September 6 and 7 week end to replace the Lees Avenue Bridge. Another shutdown between Riverside Drive and Lees Avenue on October 4 is required to replace the Vanier Parkway Bridge.

Work related to the LRT project includes above ground work on Queen Street for the Lyon and Parliament Stations, in addition to the Hurdman Station.

The city is ramping up its pitch for you to consider taking OC Transpo this fall as a way to help avoid the congestion.

"Especially from the east, there's the transit lanes on the 174 and then it brings you right on to the Transitway and there's no construction so you can get quiet efficiently, effectively downtown," said Landry.

The city is promising to keep tabs on the new potential problem areas with its 200 traffic cameras, but once again is telling residents to work from home or commute during off-peak hours if possible. For up-to-date closures, visit Ottawa.ca.

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