Getting around: school bus cancellations, traffic diversion on Highway 174

TGIF — unless this is the day your kids’ school bus doesn’t show.

The consortium that ferries students to English public and Catholic schools has new bus cancellations for Friday morning.

In an update Thursday, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority appealed for patience as it continued an effort to find bus routes for students who had theirs cancelled.

“Due to a severe driver shortage, many routes were cancelled and we understand the service disruptions are causing tremendous difficulties for families throughout the city,” the consortium wrote.

Meanwhile, motorists should gear up for some new construction — including traffic impacts from the continuing light rail expansion into the east end.

On Highway 174, westbound traffic will be diverted onto the eastbound lanes between Montreal and Blair roads on Saturday and Sunday for construction of the eastern portion of the Stage 2 light rail transit expansion. Traffic lanes will be separated in a configuration that will be in place until 2021. Eastbound traffic isn’t affected, the city said.

Innes Road from the 417 bridge to Blair Road and Innes Road from Blair Road to the Blackburn Hamlet bypass will have overnight lane reductions in both directions from Sunday at 8 p.m. until Friday at 6 a.m. for water main work. Cyclist and pedestrian access will be maintained.

The Vanier Parkway between Presland Road and Donald Street will have intermittent lane reductions in both directions from Monday until Oct. 9 for water main and sewer replacement. One lane of traffic in each direction will be open at all times and signed detours will be in place for pedestrians.

And heads-up again: A section of Highway 417 will close at Nicholas Street, in both directions, from Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. The eastbound on-ramps at Nicholas and Metcalfe streets will also close. Detours will be in place as crews demolish the old structure as part of the Ministry of Transportation’s replacement of the Nicholas Street underpass.

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