Updated March 2017.
The Rideau Canal Crossing project involves the design and construction of an arched, linear multi-use pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Rideau Canal in proximity to Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street, from the boulevard west of Queen Elizabeth Driveway (on the west side of the canal) over both the Rideau Canal and Colonel By Drive to the median between Echo Drive and Colonel By (on the east side of the canal). The new bridge will reduce distances between two important mid-town Ottawa communities and will improve access for all users of the City’s extensive network of pedestrian multi-use pathways.
The project involves construction of an architecturally inspired arched bridge over the Rideau Canal, supported on ‘V’ columns on two new piers in the canal. The eastern access will feature a switchback ramp and staircase, while the western access will be a curved earth fill ramp with asphalt pathway. The existing lily pond at the west end of the bridge will be enhanced and re-aligned with the new ramp. The existing pathway will be moved closer to the canal.
The project also includes an elliptically-shaped lookout area at the west abutment, structure illumination, and relocation of an existing water main under the canal.
The project received final NCC Board approval February 20, 2017.
Preliminary design: Summer-Fall 2016
Detailed design and approvals: Fall 2016-Spring 2017
Tender construction contract: May 2017
Construction start: September 2017
Project substantial completion: December 2019
For more information
Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
613-580-2424, ext. 30337