NCC extending road closures until Labour Day

Portions of four National Capital Commission roadways will remain closed to vehicles until September to give residents more space to keep their distance during the pandemic.

Roads in Ottawa, Gatineau Park have been partially closed to vehicles for weeks

Cyclists ride along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway in Ottawa during the COVID-19 pandemic on May 18, 2020. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Portions of four National Capital Commission (NCC) roadways will remain closed to vehicles until September.

The NCC closed part of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway along the Rideau Canal, two parkways along the Ottawa River and three Gatineau Park parkways earlier this spring to offer residents more space to walk, run and cycle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closures were supposed to end this coming Sunday, but have now been extended through Sept. 7, which is Labour Day.

The closures are:

  • The Queen Elizabeth Driveway from Laurier to Fifth avenues, daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway's westbound lanes from Booth Street to Carling Avenue, weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway in both directions between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard, weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake parkways Monday to Saturday, and Sundays before 1 p.m. That does not include the Gatineau Parkway between lots P8 and P9, which remains closed to vehicles.
A man rides his mobility scooter on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway in Ottawa on April 25, 2020. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

The Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Gatineau Park's parkways will be closed on Canada Day, but the other parkways will not.

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