Downtown Queensway ramps to remain closed until 2022, 2025

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Vehicles are seen exiting Highway 417 at Bronson Avenue on Monday, which is the last day that can happen until next summer. (Alexander Behne/CBC - image credit)
Vehicles are seen exiting Highway 417 at Bronson Avenue on Monday, which is the last day that can happen until next summer. (Alexander Behne/CBC - image credit)

Two Queensway ramps leading to and from Ottawa's downtown will close for the long term starting Monday, according to the City of Ottawa.

The eastbound exit ramp from Highway 417 to Bronson Avenue is scheduled to remain closed until June 5, 2022.

The westbound access ramp from Lyon Street onto the highway is scheduled to reopen after November 21, 2025.

The city said the closures are needed to replace retaining walls and sound barrier walls, and repair existing infrastructure on the highway.

Bronson Avenue detours

City of Ottawa
City of Ottawa

That means drivers heading for Bronson Avenue have to use the Carling/Kirkwood Avenue eastbound off-ramp, and continue east on Carling to Bronson.

Vehicles also have the option of taking the Kent Street exit ramp and turning left at Catherine Street to Bronson.

Lyon Street detours

City of Ottawa
City of Ottawa

The alternative to the Lyon Street on-ramp has drivers going west on Catherine Street and using the westbound on-ramp at Bronson.

'Challenging and frustrating'

Coun. Catherine McKenney, who represents Somerset ward, said the Ministry of Transportation needs to make sure people are notified and understand the immediate impacts it will have on them, calling it a "last-minute closure."

"A public service announcement just isn't enough. It's not enough for people to understand what's happening," they said.

So far, McKenney had not heard any complaints or concerns.

WATCH | Mayor Jim Watson on Hwy. 417 ramp closures:

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the closures of two major outlets on and off the Queensway will be "challenging and frustrating."

Watson added the work "has to get done at some point, there's never a perfect time."

In a statement, the Ministry of Transportation said it is working with the city is "well informed" of the closures over the coming years.

In April, the ministry met with city councillors and staff, and mailed public notices to residents and businesses within 50 metres of Highway 417 in the affected areas last month advising them of the upcoming closure.

Several signs were placed on the highway alerting motorists about the planned work and on Aug. 20, a notice was posted on ontario511.ca, according to the ministry.

Both ramps closed at 10 p.m. Monday.

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