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Race Weekend: The traffic madness begins

Just in case you hadn’t heard: It’s traffic madness in the downtown core this weekend, as Ottawa Race Weekend hits its stride.

If you’ve been in the Glebe area, you already know there’s the usual crush of traffic and lack of parking spots due to the insanely popular Great Glebe Garage Sale annual event.

OC Transpo has been warning riders that routes 6 and 7, which run along Bank Street, have been very slow.

Extra parking restrictions on Bank Street between Powell and Fifth avenues will continue until the last bargain is sold around 4 p.m. (As an added treat, both northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Bronson Avenue are closed between Arlington and Chamberlain avenues for construction.

Then there’s Race Weekend. The first closure actually occurred Friday morning when Queen Elizabeth Driveway shut down between Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street, including the Laurier Avenue east off-ramp, until 6 p.m. Sunday.

The real confusion sets in just after noon, when dozens of closures for various periods of time begin.

For a complete list of street closures, visit the race site, or click here for an interactive map of the proceedings.

OC Transpo also has a long list of route changes and cancellations all weekend. Click on Ottawa Race Weekend on the transit alerts webpage.

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