Broken water main and hydro wires to watch for

There are issues on Merivale Road and boulevard Alexandre-Taché this morning.

Affects Merivale Road, boulevard Alexandre-Taché

A look at the broken water main just west of Hull. (CBC)

Good morning commuters!

There's a water main break over in Gatineau on boulevard Alexandre-Taché next to the entrance/exit of the Gatineau Parkway in the Val-Tétreault area. 

I expect that to be an issue this morning.

Ottawa police say southbound Merivale Road is down to one lane between Gilbey Drive and Clyde Avenue because of downed hydro wires.

It's also snowing. It started around 4:30 a.m. and should last about 24 hours in Ottawa until it all clears up.

I was getting gas in Westboro when it happened and the guy next to me unloading a truck of stuff for the convenience store had a few choice expletives to share about it into the night sky.

It will affect the visibility this morning.

There will be fewer school buses across the region, including Ottawa and Kingston, because of rotating education worker strikes.

Have a great day!

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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


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