Closing of Lees Avenue on-ramp as of June 13, 2013
City of Ottawa staff have confirmed that the eastbound on-ramp to the 417 from Lees Avenue will be closed effective June 13, and will remain closed until 2018. Traffic wishing to access the eastbound 417 will have to continue through Old Ottawa East, either via Hawthorne Avenue and the Pretoria Bridge to the on-ramp at Metcalfe Street, or south on Main Street to Riverside Drive taking the Vanier Expressway on-ramp.
Signs will be posted beginning June 7 advising commuters that the ramp will be closed as of June 13. The ramp will be closed for five years to accommodate both the 417 widening from 2013-2015, and subsequently the LRT extension to Blair Road from 2015-2018.