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 watermain 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 started west side: mid-September 2017
- Construction started east side: mid-October 2017
- Refilling the canal: completed May 19, 2019
- The lily pond has been planted and filled with water from the canal
- New watermain work is finished.
- The concrete bridge deck has been waterproofed.
- The new west multi-use pathway has been opened.
- Bridge opened for use: June 2019
- Landscaping: Fall 2019
The Flora Footbridge officially opened for use on Friday, June 28, 2019. Landscaping and planting work on both sides of the canal, as well as installation of public art (including benches), is still underway and are expected to be completed by the fall 2019.
Completed Flora Footbridge - July 2019
Bridge and surrounding landscape - July 2019
Bridge deck waterproofing - June 12, 2019
Lily pond planting - June 12, 2019
Lower east switchback ramp - June 12, 2019
Bridge deck pour (August 2018).
Installing the enclosure scaffolding (August 2018).
Restoring the lily pond (August 2018).
Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
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