Key roads open again now that LRT has replaced buses

Both Nicholas Street and the ramp from the westbound 417 to the eastbound 174 are now free for the first time in years.

Nicholas Street and the ramp from the westbound 417 to the eastbound 174 are now free

An O-Train at uOttawa station Sept. 6, 2019, which runs beside Nicholas Street. Now that buses don't need to take Nicholas to get to what was Laurier station, the bus lane on Nicholas is available for general traffic. (Andrew Lee/CBC)

Good morning commuters!

The ramp from the westbound Highway 417 to the eastbound Highway 174 has reopened after a few years of being shut as part of light rail work.

Crews worked overnight to get it ready.

The bus lane paint is already off Nicholas Street, which was flowing better yesterday than it had in years.

Still to come are the transition away from bus-only lanes on the 174 from Blair to the split and the eastbound bus lane on Scott and Albert streets that roughly run between Pimisi and Bayview stations.

Door jam

A train on the Confederation Line at the uOttawa station had a door issue this morning a little after 8 a.m. that shut down the new line and caused significant delays during the morning commute.

O-Train riders wait for the next train during delays the morning of Oct. 8, 2019. (@danavaughan001/Twitter)

Ramp leftovers

I've had some feedback about the new ramps from Nicholas to the 417.

Some folks are finding the ramp to the westbound 417 has not been cleared of construction barriers well enough and drivers' views are blocked as they merge.

Also, when cars use the on ramp from Greenfield Drive, drivers haven't been able to see over their shoulders to judge the oncoming traffic in the other on ramp due to the concrete construction barriers.

Have a great day!

If you have a traffic or commuter gripe about driving, cycling or being a pedestrian commuter — anything from problem intersections, to parking, to inefficient routes — send it to

And remember, you can share what you see on the roads with me on Twitter at @cbcotttraffic. Or give me a ring at 613-288-6900.


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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