Doug Hempstead

CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist

Doug Hempstead is CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist and can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and All In A Day. Sometimes, he even sleeps. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he is a musician and family man - married with two daughters. Doug is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the region covering all types of news. He welcomes your input on traffic issues and can be called directly while the shows are airing at 613-288-6900. Tweet him at @cbcotttraffic or @DougHempstead. His e-mail is doug.hempstead@cbc.ca.

Latest from Doug Hempstead

TRAFFIC

Rainy Tuesdays usually mean traffic trouble

Am I right to be worried?
TRAFFIC

The Portage Bridge is opening back up

Nearly three months of work on this Ottawa River crossing's bike lanes are ending.
TRAFFIC

This summer's Alexandra Bridge construction now set for July

The Portage Bridge bike lane project will affect northbound traffic for another few weeks. It's now expected to last until late June.
TRAFFIC

The shift toward safe roads for cyclists isn't complete

I didn't see any change in the attitudes of drivers toward cyclists after yesterday's fatal crash. Quite the opposite, actually.
TRAFFIC

Here's why your commute is so horrendous

Road and lane closures have been piling up on each other in the last few weeks to the point where afternoon congestion in the core is basically unavoidable.
TRAFFIC

Tell us about your office's bike parking

We're planning a feature that compares good and bad bike parking situations around the region.
TRAFFIC

Northbound Bronson Avenue is closing at the Queensway

The first phase of a project tied to the eventual replacement of the overpass starts this week. Expect construction here for most of the rest of the year.
TRAFFIC BLOG

Weeks of work on the Portage Bridge starts Saturday

Improving the bike lane and asphalt will last until the end of June.
Nowhere Fast

Why we're wired to get angry behind the wheel

Psychology professor Ryan Martin knows a thing or two about anger — and he explains to CBC Ottawa traffic reporter Doug Hempstead why our brains and bodies are hardwired for road rage.
Nowhere Fast

Here are 4 of Ottawa's worst intersections

Doug Hempstead, CBC's Ottawa traffic reporter, lists four intersections that give drivers consistent trouble.
Nowhere Fast

Feeling the pinch of Ottawa's precarious commute

CBC Ottawa Traffic Reporter Doug Hempstead shows you where Ottawa's traffic tie-ups begin.
Nowhere Fast

Meet the 'winners' of CBC Ottawa's worst commute contest

Winding country roads. Sluggish traffic on Highway 50. An interprovincial bridge jammed with truck traffic. Those are some of the reasons we deemed Chelsea Barna and Julian Dafoe to have the worst commute.
TRAFFIC BLOG

Protest convoy reaches Ottawa — here's what to expect on the roads

It's not going to be a fun day to try to get around Centretown.

We need your stories about your brutal commute

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Ottawa-Gatineau traffic updates for Nov. 8

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