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

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Reopening of Carling Avenue ramp to the Queensway delayed

Crews now say it will not reopen until Nov. 4 because the bridge going over Carling Avenue was in worse shape than expected.
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Army Run takes over central Ottawa-Gatineau on Sunday morning

This year's event has its hub at the war museum instead of city hall, so the routes have been tweaked.
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Watch for cyclists during big fundraising ride on Sunday

The Ride shuts down the Sir JAM Parkway most of the day Sunday to fundraise for the Ottawa Hospital.
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The Chaudière Bridge reopened to traffic today

it should make a huge improvement to peak traffic in and around LeBreton Flats, on both sides of the river.
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Ottawa-Gatineau traffic updates for Aug. 22

The wait is on for Friday —  when the city says we'll find out when people can ride the LRT.
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Saturday's Highway 417 closure, and other major traffic news this weekend

A lot of major road work is happening over the next few days.
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Queensway closing west of downtown core next weekend

The stretch of Highway 417 from Bronson to Carling avenues will close the night of Aug. 10-11 to be reconfigured.
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Sharing the worst and weirdest stuff you've left on your car

We asked for your stories of the most ridiculous thing you've ever left on top of your car.
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Our frustrating time trying to buy an electric vehicle

There are several reasons why electric vehicle sales in Canada are behind other countries. One thing my family is having a hard time with is the dealers.
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Other tales of obstructed turning views from across Ottawa

It seems there are a few people with similar stories of well-meaning things making it more difficult to see ongoing traffic.
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Intersection of Somerset and Elgin streets closing for 3 months

The ever-shifting Elgin Street construction means you'll have to cross on either Cooper or MacLaren streets.
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The Portage Bridge is opening back up

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