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Westboudn traffic on Highway 417 was expected to build during the morning rush hour just before St. Laurent Boulevard due to construction. (Ryan Gibson/CBC)

School is back in session for thousands of children in Ottawa's public and Catholic school board and traffic was expected to be slow, especially due to the busy construction season in the nation's capital. But that did not turn out to be the case.

The traffic was steady but there were not any serious issues on Ottawa's main roads.

As for construction this fall, east Ottawa residents continue to face lane closures on Highway 174 from Blair Road to Highway 417. That is due to the widening of the Queensway, which is expected to delay east-end commuters by about 20 minutes during rush hour, according to City of Ottawa officials.

OC Transpo has said it will add capacity to and from Orleans by using larger buses on those routes, which could help those debating between public transportation or driving.

The city will also provide a steady stream of updates for commuters so they can better plan their trips, including the installation of electronic overhead highway signs at 417 eastbound near Parkdale Avenue, 417 westbound near Innes Road and the 174 westbound near Blair.

Other delays due to construction work

The City of Ottawa has said other projects expected to cause high-impact delays are:

  • Continued work to widen Highway 417 from Nicholas Ave. to east of St. Laurent Blvd.
  • Water main work at Ogilvie Road, Montreal Road and Highway 174.
  • Reconstruction work on Sussex Drive from St. Patrick Street to King Edward Avenue.

Queen Street water main work, which began in August, is also expected to continue into the spring of 2014, as is Orleans water main work along Coventry Road east of the Vanier Parkway.

Transportation in Ottawa did get a boost Tuesday as the O-Train returned to full service after summer work on the track forced the train off the rails.

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Fall construction in Ottawa by cbcottawa