Updated January 2018.
The Rideau Canal Crossing project involves the design and construction of a 5 metre wide by 123 metre long, linear multi-use pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Rideau Canal. It will be 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 Drive (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 bridge 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 Federal Land Use and Design Approval April 7, 2017.
This project has received Federal and Provincial Infrastructure funding.
Construction start west side: Mid-September 2017
Construction start east side: Mid-October 2017
Canal drawdown: Begins October 10, 2017
Pier work in the Canal: October 2017 to March 2018
Skate way and navigation seasons: Not impacted
Required tree removal/relocation: October 2017
New Watermain work: Summer 2018
Project substantial completion: August 30, 2019
Piling work for the piers and abutments is finished on the West side and will be finished on the East by end of January. Concreting of piers and abutments will continue until March 2018. The Canal Skateway in the area of the bridge opened on January 5 and was not affected by bridge construction. Skaters can see the work from a different viewpoint but are separated from construction by see through fencing. Minor pathway detours on both sides of the Canal continue to work well.
For more information
Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department