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Canada Day in Ottawa: Motor vehicle control zone in downtown

Written by Javed Iqbal

The city of Ottawa is setting up a motor vehicle control zone in downtown Canada Day weekend to prevent vehicle protests from moving into the area.

“Getting around downtown on Canada Day will be more complicated than usual this year. Plan your route and expect delays,” the city said in a statement Thursday.

The road closures and restrictions will extend over five days in an attempt to deal with Canada Day volumes and possible protests.

A control zone for motor vehicles will be established from 29 June at 8 a.m. to July 4 at. 6.00 in an area stretching from Colonel By Drive / Sussex Drive to the east, Wellington Street to the north, Booth Street to the west and Laurier Avenue to the south. There will also be some roadblocks in the control zone from kl. 12.01 on July 1 to kl. 02.00 on 2 July.

The city says the roads will not be closed and residential and commercial traffic, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport are allowed to enter and exit the control zone.

“Motor vehicles participating in any kind of demonstration, event, protest or rally will not be allowed,” the city said. “Barricades, heavy equipment or police officers and vehicles will be at various access points around the control zone to filter legal traffic into these streets.”

There will be no parking on the street or stops on roads in the control zone.

The city is warning motorists and pedestrians planning to get to downtown Ottawa for Canada Day, to expect traffic delays around the motor vehicle control zone.

Canadian Heritage is moving the main Canada Day festivities to LeBreton Flats this year instead of on Parliament Hill. There will be the popular dinner and evening shows in Canada Day at LeBreton Flats along with the fireworks.

Canadian Heritage announced road closures in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau on Canada Day.

The following streets in the City of Ottawa will be closed July 1 at. 6.00 to 2 July at 2.00

  • Wellington Street between Bank Street and Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between Parkdale Avenue and Wellington Street
  • Sparks Street between Lyon Street North and Bronson Avenue
  • Queen Street between Bank Street and Bronson Avenue
  • Bank Street between Wellington Street and Queen Street
  • Kent Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Lyon Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Bay Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Bronson Avenue between Sparks Street and Albert Street
  • Commissioner Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street
  • Booth Street between Chaudière Crossing and Albert Street
  • Vimy Place between Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Booth Street
  • Fleet Street between Booth Street and Lett Street
  • Lloyd Street between Fleet Street and Lett Street
  • Light Street between Lloyd Street and Wellington Street
  • Onigam Street between Lemieux Island and Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

The following street closures in the city of Ottawa are required from July 1 at. 21:00 to 2 July at 02.00

  • Albert Street between Preston Street and Bronson Street.

The following street closures in the city of Ottawa will take effect from July 1 at. 6.00 to 2 July at 02.00 to support the OC Transpo LRT queue to Parliament Station.

  • Queen Street between O’Connor Street and Bank Street
  • Bank Street between Queen Street and Albert Street

The following multi-use roads are closed from 1 July at 16.30 to 2 July at 02.00:

  • The Trans Canada Trail (Ottawa River Pathway), from the access point on Booth Street behind the Canadian War Museum to the access point on Onigam Street, on the corner of Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
  • The Multipurpose Trail / Trillium Pathway between Bayview and Pimisi O train stations and connections to the Trans Canada Trail (Ottawa River Pathway)
  • Trillium Pathway, from the intersection with the Trans Canada Trail (Ottawa River Pathway) to the trail located at the back of the Bayview O-Train station.


ROAD CLOSURES OUTSIDE THE OTTAWA DOWNTOWN

The city of Ottawa says there will be some road closures and parking restrictions around the Canada Day festivities across Ottawa.

Here’s a look at road closures and restrictions on July 1st.


Barrhaven

  • Strandherd Drive will be closed between Dealership Drive and Jockvale Road from 9.30pm to 10.30pm
  • Borrisokane Road will be closed from Cambrian Road to Strandherd Drive from 9.30pm to 10.30pm


Canada Day Road Races, Kanata

  • The Kanata Parkway will be closed between Reaney Court, Leacock Drive and Teron Road from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Carlsbad Springs

A section of Boundary Road, starting at Russell Road, will be closed from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm


Kanata

Charlie Rogers Place will be closed between Ron Maslin Way and Kanata Recreation Center from 6 p.m. 06.00 to 23.30


Mooney’s Bay (Terry Fox Athletic Facility)

  • There are parking restrictions on the roads around Mooney’s Bay


Orleans

  • Trim Road will be closed between Highway 174 and Petrie Island from 6 p.m. 07:00 to 12.00


Osgoode

  • Osgoode Main Street will be closed between Nixon Drive and 5673 Osgoode Main Street from 6 p.m. 12:00 to 13:00

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