On April 24, 2016 there will be changes to the Nicholas Street corridor.
Nicholas Street in the northbound direction between Highway 417 and Laurier Avenue will be reduced to one general traffic lane and one bus-only lane. Buses and general traffic will share both southbound lanes on Nicholas Street, with a reserved bus lane beginning at the Highway 417 eastbound on-ramp. This detour is required as part of Light Rail Transit construction and will be in place at all times until the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.
During this detour, traffic volumes will be much higher during morning and afternoon peak periods. When possible, motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Eastbound you may want to consider exiting at Metcalfe Street or Riverside Drive. For westbound traffic, Metcalfe Street and Bronson Avenue are other alternatives.
Motorists are advised to give priority to transit vehicles and to respect the reserved bus lane signs and markings. If an Emergency Vehicle approaches from behind, slow down, move over to the closest side of the road, and stop.
~City of Ottawa Emergency Notification System