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Ottawa begins crackdown on downtown parking, illegal turns

The enforcement blitz is to try to improve traffic flow downtown despite the plethora of construction zones.
Police officer monitoring traffic. Twitter/@OttawaPolice

The city has begun its two-week crackdown on traffic violations, to try to improve traffic flow in a downtown riddled with construction zones.

Starting today, parking control officers will target parking violations in the downtown area. Meanwhile, tow trucks will be placed at strategic locations, poised to haul away vehicles that park in no-stopping zones, impeding traffic flow.

Afternoon commute times will also see police officers enforcing turn restrictions at key intersections, and keeping the Albert and Slater bus lanes clear of other traffic.

Police will also be assigned to the intersections of Laurier and Nicholas as well as Waller Street and the Mackenzie King Bridge, to ensure drivers don't block the intersections and prevent transit buses from getting through.

The city is also brought in a moratorium on any new road cut or encroachment permits that would affect morning and afternoon peak traffic flows.

The blitz is scheduled to run for two weeks, at the end of which the city predicts traffic volumes will decrease as a result of the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer holiday season.


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