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Proposed Carling Ramp Closure – what’s happening and what it means to you
Like many of you, we learned through the media that the province is proposing to permanently close the eastbound 417 on-ramp off of Carling Avenue near Kirkwood.
To our knowledge this option has never been openly discussed and as such, the news came as a complete surprise to CHNA, the Carlington Community Association and our local Councillors - not to mention many of you. 
This change, without a replacement strategy, would have significantly negative implications for our neighbourhood. CHNA has stepped up and is taking immediate action, ensuring that you are updated and informed as things unfold.   
The details
The Ministry of Transportation has retained a company to complete the detailed design studies for the 417 expansion, including the ramp closure. 
Overview of the overall expansion/rehabilitation
Overview of the proposed ramp closure
Parkdale cannot be an option
At this time, it would appear that the only alternative to the removed on-ramp would be the Parkdale 417 on-ramp.
That would mean that all of the 417 Eastbound traffic from the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Civic Hospital and Westgate (which is also slated for a major redevelopment) would be forced to use Parkdale Avenue. 
Parkdale Avenue is the only two-lane street in Ontario that has four on-off ramps to a major highway – and is already over-capacity.
As we all know, Parkdale Avenue simply cannot handle this additional load. And that means that this ramp closure, as proposed, is unacceptable. 
Taking action
CHNA has already requested a meeting with Ottawa Centre MPP  Yasir Naqvi. CHNA and the Carlington Community Association and our Councillors will be meeting with MPP Naqvi on Tuesday June 14th to discuss the issue. Thanks go to our Councillor Jeff Leiper for coordinating this meeting.
CHNA representatives will be distributing flyers in the area to ensure that residents are aware of this issue and have the information needed to voice their concerns. 
Depending on how the issue unfolds, we are considering a variety of options including a petition, media outreach and polls in order to change the plan as it currently exists. If you have ideas or would like to get involved, please contact us at
Public Consultation – June 16th
If you are concerned about this issue, please plan to attend the upcoming public consultation on June 16th, from 4pm-8pm at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive. Click here for more details.

We will continue to update you on our progress.
Your CHNA Executive Team

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