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The downtown intersection of Laurier Avenue West and Nicholas Street got a little more confusing over the weekend, creating traffic headaches during both the Monday morning commute.
On Sunday, the city dedicated lanes on Nicholas specifically for OC Transpo vehicles moving between Campus and Laurier stations.
Right turns also are not allowed from northbound lanes on Nicholas to eastbound lanes on Laurier.
Instead, motorists can go through the intersection and turn off onto Nicholas' southbound lanes, where it’s possible to turn onto Laurier.
Part of LRT construction
By redirecting transit vehicles onto Nicholas, the city will be able to close the transitway south of of Laurier, allowing tunnelling machines to begin digging an entrance to the LRT tunnel in July.
The east tunnel will be near Lebreton Flats, just below the bit of escarpment at Bronson. Fencing has already been set up in the parking lot where the work is to begin.
There will also be a shaft dug in the parking lot across from Holt Renfrew at Kent and Queen streets.
The changes at Nicholas and Laurier will remain in effect until 2018 when the $2.1-billion LRT system is scheduled to be finished.
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