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Bypass could relieve traffic headaches, gridlock

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The province is launching a transportation study for a bypass to help relieve growing traffic conge...


OTTAWA, Ont. — The province is launching a transportation study for a bypass to help relieve growing traffic congestion and gridlock.

The Ottawa Bypass Needs Assessment Study will look at transportation needs in the Ottawa area over the next 30 years. The 18-month study will recommend a strategy for keeping traffic moving through the National Capital Region, including a plan for a bypass.

The bypass could connect Highways 7/17 (the Queensway), 7 and 416 in the west with Highway 417 in the east, and help relieve traffic congestion in urban Ottawa.

“Traffic congestion in the Ottawa area is expected to increase significantly over the next 20 years,” says Jim Nubel, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Smart Growth Panel. “This potential corridor will be considered as one part of an overall plan for developing Ottawa’s transportation infrastructure, a plan that includes promoting transit use and alternative travel choices.”

“This Bypass study, combined with our major provincial investments in Ottawa area roadways and transit, are important tools as we work to tackle congestion on the Queensway and across Ottawa,” adds Provincial Transportation Minister Norm Sterling.


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