Updated November 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 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
The concrete deck of the bridge is finished and the steel girders painting is complete. Installation of railings on the main bridge is underway. Work on restoring the Lily pond and installing new pond walls is ongoing. The west rock pad has been removed from the canal and the east rock pad will be removed in November. Work continues on the east and west ramps.The existing pathway on the east side will be detoured to Echo drive with signals at Herridge while the east rock pad is being removed. The pathway detour on the west side of the canal continues to work well.
Placing reinforcing steel for the bridge deck (August 2018)
Bridge deck pour (August 2018)
Installing the enclosure scaffolding
Painting enclosure in place
Restoring the lily pond
For more information
Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department