Carling Avenue off-ramp closes for ten weeks
There's another large water main-related traffic disruption in Ottawa starting Monday, as the Carling Avenue eastbound off-ramp joined the stretch of that road closed from Merivale Road to the Queensway.
The off-ramp will be closed for ten weeks so a large water main can be installed, according to the city.
This is part of wide-scale construction in the area to move the watermain away from provincial construction on the highway, as well as other sewer work.
"We were looking at options to try to minimize the impacts on the ramp and see if it basically resolves the relocation of the watermain without impacting but we were not able to find a solution," said Carina Duclos with the City of Ottawa.
The construction sits right on the doorstep of the Westgate Shopping Centre, but businesses inside said their customers remain loyal.
"We do have a good reputation and women who do like us have been crawling over the dirt to get in," said Joanne Monty, owner of Joanne's Fashions. "We'll be ok."
Business owners in Ottawa's Little Italy, which recently underwent similar sewer work and beautification, said the construction inconvenience is worth it.
"You look at the street. You walk up and down. You look at all the beautiful things they did and I think it's really worth it," said Danny McCallum of Pub Italia. "The street looks great."
The off-ramp detour will be onto the Maitland Avenue off-ramp for access to Carling Avenue.
It comes after a broken water main in southwest Ottawa this winter resulted in road closures and an outdoor water ban in Manotick, Barrhaven and Riverside South.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Norman Fetterley