The population growth in the South Urban Community (SUC) continues to increase causing congestion and delays on the current Rideau River crossings at Hunt Club Road and on Bridge Street in Manotick. The implementation of a new bridge across the Rideau River presents new travel patterns for residents of the SUC by relieving critical pressure on the existing bridges. This physical link between the two sides (Riverside South and Barrhaven) of the SUC is an important strategy to allow for efficient sharing of key public resources (ie. schools, recreation facilities) and improved access to businesses and employment.
With the view of completing the project by 2012, the City of Ottawa has initiated a preliminary and detailed design assignment for the construction of a new bridge located between River Road and Prince of Wales Drive. The bridge will connect Strandherd Drive and Earl Armstrong Road and will accommodate traffic, transit, cyclists and pedestrians.
Given that the Rideau Canal has recently been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Design of the Bridge will be completed in partnership with Parks Canada and the National Capital Commission in compliance with the Federal Government design interests on heritage designated sites.
Location of Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge
Every person who has an interest in the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge Project will be given opportunities to learn and participate in the design process. These anticipated participants include landowners within the proximity to the bridge site, residents from the communities of Barrhaven, Riverside South, Manotick and others.
Two public information sessions were held to provide information about the design process. Feedback was obtained through direct dialogue between the Project Team and meeting attendees and through a comment-questionnaire. The Second Public Information Session was held on May 4 and June 18, 2009.
For further information, contact the City’s project manager:
Marcel Delph, P.Eng., Senior Project Manager
Infrastructure Services Department
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 20126
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