The City of Ottawa is relaxing peak-hour traffic resitrictions for work on its arterial and major collector roadways, as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps commuters at home.
General Manager of Transportation Services John Manconi wrote a memo to city council, Thursday, explaining his department's thinking on the matter.
"The request to relax restrictions has been reviewed by both the Transportation Services and the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Departments who have the delegated authority to do so through the Road Activity By-law (Bylaw No. 2003-445)," said Manconi. "
"Both departments support relaxing the work restrictions as this allows those projects impacting our roadways to be completed in a more timely and efficient manner while low traffic volumes are being experienced in Ottawa."
Manconi added that requests by contractors to permit work during peak hours will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
If city staff support a contractor's request, the affected ward councillor is expected to be notified.