Being that it is the last day of the work week for most, I expect traffic volume should be a tad lighter today. At least, this morning. I think this may be venting Friday. I've had quite a few emailed gripes and observations come my way over the past 24 hours, so I'm going to share some of those. First, you should know that Rideau Street is going to close to buses and taxis this weekend between Sussex and Dalhousie for ramped-up LRT work. It's already closed to regular traffic.
Maybe we'll see another one of those turbine blades on Highway 417 during rush hour this morning. One showed up yesterday during the peak of one of the worst morning commutes so far this fall. Got to wonder about the brilliant minds who timed that travel itinerary. I'd share a photo, but the only one I have was clearly taken from the driver's seat of a car on the 417. I love getting your emailed traffic gripes and commuter vents. Rudi sent me one about Kanata yesterday.
Not a whole lot of new stuff happening today to trouble you. There was overnight work on Highway 417 out in the east end, and it continues until early this afternoon. The eastbound 417 is reduced to one lane from Anderson to Limoges for construction until 2:30 p.m. 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 me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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