Continue to expect delays

Catherine Kitts
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Commute for east end motorists still a headache

The Ottawa Police Service is cautioning motorists to continue to expect traffic delays in the east end of the City due the sinkhole on Hwy. 174. These delays are expected to continue for the next several days and are at their peak during the drive home rush hour. 

Eastbound commuters were in traffic for hours yesterday, due to the closure of Highway 174 caused by the sinkhole. (Photo: Archives)

"We are continuing to work with the City to manage the traffic flow but traffic delays will continue throughout the area until Hwy. 174 is reopened," said Supt. Jill Skinner. "We would like to thank motorists for their patience yesterday."

Drivers are asked to use alternate routes and to allow for extra drive time to get to and from their destination.

Thousands of vehicles have been diverted off Hwy 174 onto other roadways.  

"Motorists need to continue following existing rules of the road. That means following all road signs and staying off the Transitway which is reserved for buses and emergency vehicles only," said Skinner. 

If a driver is involved in a collision where they are no injuries and the vehicle is drivable, the driver is asked to report the collision to the nearest police station.

City of Ottawa Traffic Control Centre will monitor traffic flow and adjust signal timing accordingly in the area. Ottawa Police officers will continue to be deployed throughout the east end and are working to keep key intersections and congestion points clear. 

The City and Ottawa Police are suggesting that residents plan their routes, adjust their drive times, car pool, take public transit and work from home if possible.

 East end commuters are encouraged to plan their commute home this evening due to recent traffic disruptions on Highway 174 at the Jeanne D’Arc off ramp.

Commuters can use the following tools to help plan their commute: 

City of Ottawa Traffic Report – outlining citywide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours

Travel Planner at – transit users can chart and plan routes with the Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras along Highway 417.

Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city.

For traffic alerts and closures, follow the City on Twitter.

For more information and current updates, visit


Organizations: Transitway, Ottawa Traffic Control Centre

Geographic location: Ottawa, Ontario

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