Updated April 2019.
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: begins May 15, 2019
Pier work in the canal is finished.
New watermain work is finished.
The concrete bridge deck has been installed.
Painting of the steel girders is finished.
Project completion: fall 2019
After a brief shut down of operations for the winter months, construction has restarted on the Flora Footbridge. Over the past few weeks, snow has been removed from the site and work has continued on the east walls. On the west side, the lookout, an elliptically shaped area, has been backfilled and materials for the asphalt ramp have been placed. Also, the footings for the west ramp railings have been poured.
Placing reinforcing steel for the bridge deck (August 2018)
Bridge deck pour (August 2018).
Installing the enclosure scaffolding (August 2018).
Painting enclosure in place (August 2018).
Restoring the lily pond (August 2018).
Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
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