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Your commute: Clear your car and give yourself space to stop, canal pathway closures

If you’re driving this morning, give yourself plenty of time to chip your car out that block of ice and snow then take it slow with some slick roads and the risk of freezing drizzle in the forecast.

“Clear snow from your entire car so you can see and be seen on the road,” city police warned Monday morning.

And there’s plenty to see out there Monday morning.

As of 7:30 a.m., eastbound Hunt Club Road was reduced to two lanes from Bridle Path Drive to Bank Street due to one collision and northbound Prince of Wales Drive reduced to one lane from Deakin Street to Hunt Club Road due to another.

A crash on the westbound Highway 417 approaching Anderson Road was just being cleared away.

“Ensure you have enough space to stop,” city police had warned Sunday. “Road conditions change quickly this time of year.”

Between 2014 and 2018, there were 24,660 reportable collisions involving motorists following too closely resulting in 6,297 injuries and four fatalities on Ottawa roads.

If you’re taking the O-Train Line 1, “service is running well at this time,” OC Transpo reported as the morning rush got underway.

For cyclists and pedestrians, the National Capital Commission warned that a section of the Rideau Canal eastern and western pathways near the Pretoria Bridge is closed until March for structural repairs under the Queensway overpass

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