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Cyclists walk past a grove of tulips at Commissioners Park in Ottawa on May 17. 2017. The roads around the park have traditionally been snarled with vehicle traffic during the festival, so what would happen if we closed the roads? (Trevor Pritchard)

Good morning commuters!

There will be narrow lanes on the eastbound Highway 174 at the Tenth Line Road off-ramp for guardrail repairs today.

What are your thoughts on this: now that Sunday Bikedays are back on certain NCC roads on Sunday mornings, why don't we just close the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to traffic on the weekend during the Canadian Tulip Festival?

Last weekend they were allowing vehicles onto it, only to sit in gridlock for ages.

Makes no sense. It's not convenient or efficient, so just close it.

Probably a lot safer, too.

Some of the feedback during Ottawa Morning:

Thoughts on this or anything else?

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Have a great day!

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About the Author

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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