Ryan Smith from Boom Traffic Control just sent me this shot of Kent and Albert in Downtown Ottawa.
Due to the closures on Wellington Street, it’s bedlam as commuters attempt to get home after a day of work on OC Transpo.
Hundreds are overcrowding the sidewalks as they pour off one bus, looking to catch another.
Wellington is shut down as crews set up Security checkpoints and barricades, etc.
If you’re planning to drive downtown this week, be aware that some street closures started early this (Tuesday) morning.
Wellington Street was closed to cars from Bank to O’Conner up until 3 this aft.
The eastbound lane between Bank and O’Connor will remain closed to traffic until 4 p.m. on July 4.
From 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) Elgin Street’s southbound lanes will be closed from Wellington to Queen. The Wellington turning lane will also be closed from MacKenzie Avenue to southbound Elgin. These will reopen at 4 p.m. on July 4.
More extensive street closures begin at 5 a.m. on Friday, June 30, and will continue through Canada Day.
Police are on the scene trying to keep things orderly, but if you are working downtown this week, be prepared to be getting home a little later than usual.
Hopefully just a little, but probably more than that. 45 minute delays are being reported.
A half a million people are expected at the party, with lots of security in place and organizers are asking you to prepare for a 2-3 hour journey to the hill that day.
There are shuttles going from event site to event site (there are 3 main sites) and OC Transpo is free, but will be on holiday schedule.
Have a look at the Google Map on how the closures will look over the long weekend, but be prepared for road closures downtown all week leading up to the big event.