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Flora Footbridge

Project Status: 
Completed

Flora Footbridge - overview (July 2019)

Project description

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.

Timelines

  • 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

What's new?

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

the completed Flora Footbridge from the viewpoint of the west side, looking east.

Bridge and surrounding landscape - July 2019

the Flora Footbridge and surrounding landscape from the viewpoint of the west side near the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.

Bridge deck waterproofing - June 12, 2019

The view north down the switchback, which shows the waterproofing membrane installed and the IPE wooden handrail installed.

 

Lily pond planting - June 12, 2019

The view north from the Queen Elizabeth Driveway Multi-Use Pathway, which shows the plantings on the west ramp and south end of pond.

 

Lower east switchback ramp - June 12, 2019

The view south down the switchback ramp, which shows the asphalt that was placed.

Bridge deck and railing looking east (April 2019).

Bridge looking east from west lookout point (April 2019).

Skaters get a first look at the Flora Footbridge (April 2019).

Bridge deck pour (August 2018).

Placement of bridge deck concrete

Installing the enclosure scaffolding (August 2018).

Installation of scaffolding for bridge girder painting enclosure

Restoring the lily pond (August 2018).

Construction of lily pond below bridge along Queen Elizabeth Drive

Contact information

Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Project Manager
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
Tel: 613-299-6555

E-newsletter

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Public Art Project

Rideau Canal Crossing Public Art Project

An online survey took place in July 2018 seeking feedback on the four final proposals for public art for the Flora Footbridge project, and two artists were selected by a Peer Assessment Committee.

Algonquin artist Claude Latours’ Mōnz (Moose) bench will be located on the west side of the canal in the wetlands area facing the lily pond. Sally Lee Sheek’s Alone bench will be located on the east side at the foot of the staircase ramp.

Both artists will be working under the mentorship of a third-part fabricator, Fluxworx, to refine their design, and see their bench designs come to fruition through fabrication and installation on site.

Installation of both benches is scheduled for summer 2019.

The figures below are examples of the artist’s renditions.

Figure 3: Bench design by Claude Latour.

Figure 4: Bench design by Sally Le Sheeks.

Contact information

Public Art Program
Phone: 613-244-6852
Email: publicartprogram@ottawa.ca

Public Art Online Consultation

Posted: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 11:51 am
Last updated: 
Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 4:32 pm

Dates & Times

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 10:00 am to Sunday, July 15, 2018, 11:45 pm

The public is invited to partake in an online survey, to view the four final proposals and to provide feedback. The Art Selection Committee will take the public’s comments into consideration when they meet to evaluate the proposals and select the winning design.

Complete the survey!  Available until July 15. 

Join us at one of Ottawa’s Farmer’s Markets for a chance to take the survey:

Date: Saturday, July 14
Time: 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Old Ottawa East

Date: Sunday, July 15
Time: 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Lansdowne Park

Contact

Public Art Program
Phone: 
613-244-6852

Notices

Copies of Notice to Resident letters sent to impacted area.

Learn More

Detailed design update - March 2017

During the detailed design stage feedback from residents and federal partners continued to be considered and incorporated wherever possible. These included;

  • Smoothing the slopes on the west side
  • Additional measures to beautify and restore the Lilly Pond
  • A larger rest and viewing area on the west side
  • Protecting the oak tree and improving the public space with a plaza at the east landing
  • Examining options to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge
  • Changing the railings on the East stair from solid stone to picket railings

Throughout the detailed design of the project, the City continued consulting with partners on bridge design modifications, protection of the Canal during construction and the overall restoration of the area. Some updated renderings of the bridge based on the detailed design are included below. 

See the design drawings and learn where the project is to date. 

Concept view looking northwest

A view looking northwest from Colonel By Drive.  The Canal Ritz restaurant, west access berm and bridge are visible over the east canal wall.

Concept aerial view

An oblique aerial view of the Rideau Canal with the new bridge showing the east switchback ramp/stairs and the curved ramp to the west.

Westside lookout / seating area

A view to the North taken from the west side rest area.  Typical foot traffic and a cyclist are shown.

Night view

A view to the North taken from the west side rest area.  Typical foot traffic and a cyclist are shown.

View looking northeast

An aerial perspective showing the east bridge, switch back ramp, stairs and plaza at the Colonel By and Clegg Street intersection.

Revised east stair railing detailA rendering of the revised East stair railing detail.

View looking southeast

An oblique perspective looking south east at the Lily Pond, west ramp, rest area and bridge to the mid-point of the canal.

Key Facts - Public Open House 4 February 2016

Here are some key facts you should be aware of about the proposed Rideau Canal Crossing: 

  • The City of Ottawa is committed to constructing a Rideau Canal crossing at Fifth and Clegg that is in keeping with the distinctive location and historic significance of the area, allows for the continued enjoyment of the Rideau Canal in all seasons and provides important connections for cyclists and pedestrians. 
  • The Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed in 2013. A value engineering session with partners looked at ways to improve the overall constructability of the bridge. Several updates to the concept were identified, including a refined alignment, maintaining a constant deck width, using two piers instead of three and modifications to the west approach.
  • The refined concept continues to meet all of the design objectives, including, maintaining views of the Canal, protecting the Canal walls and maintaining the Lily Pond as a community feature. 
  • The project is now in preliminary design. Several outstanding questions will be addressed through this process, including landscaping, lighting, railing design and integration of bridge users. 
  • Currently, funding for construction of the crossing is forecasted to be available between 2020 and 2025. Should funding be advanced, it is currently anticipated that the earliest construction could start is Fall 2017 (Revised). 

The project team welcomes your feedback and questions. More information on the project is also available at ottawa.ca. You can also contact the project manager:

Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Project Manager
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
613-299-6555

Public Information Session Boards - 4 February 2016

Project Milestones

  • EA Study Initiation and Visioning Workshop – March 2011
  • Public Open Houses – June 2011, September 2011 and September 2012
  • Agency & Public consultation groups – May 2011, September 2011, and September 2012
  • Presentations to NCC – October 2011 and May 2012
  • EA Study Complete – January 2013
  • Value Engineering (VE) Workshop – December 2013
  • Value Engineering Recommendations – June 2014
  • Presentation of Refined Design to NCC – November 2015
  • Public Open House No. 4 – February 4, 2016

Rideau Canal at location of new 5th Avenue – Clegg St Bridge

Rideau Canal at location of new 5th to Clegg Street Bridge

Rideau Canal - Temporary Wooden Pedestrian Bridge Crossing

Rideau Canal - Temporary Wooden Pedestrian Bridge

 Design Objectives

 The bridge design should…

  • Provide both east-west and north-south connections
  • Minimize visual impact of the structure & approach ramps for drivers, pathway & canal users
  • Minimize long ramps over water and parallel to Canal banks
  • Avoid impacts to the Canal walls (a heritage feature)
  • Minimize piers in the water (maximum 2, ideally none)
  • Include integrated and continuous cycling access
  • Provide safe crossings of the Parkways
  • Be compatible with boat and skateway traffic
  • Provide universal access
  • Be in scale with its setting
  • Be as slender and light as possible within the viewscape
  • Be quiet, transparent, compact, gentle

Corkstown Pedestrian Bridge – Elevation View

Corkstown Pedestrian Bridge - Elevation View

 Value Engineering

  •  3-day workshop, December 2013
  • Identify potential design modifications to improve value and simplify constructability
  • 23 recommendations

Corkstown Pedestrian Bridge – Deck View

Corkstown Pedestrian Bridge - Deck View

 Design Team Response

  • Reviewed recommendations against design objectives
  • Accepted 13 recommendations (9 with modification)

 Recommendations – Key Themes

  •  Straighten bridge components (instead of curved)
  • Maintain constant deck width
  • Modify west approach (earth vs. structure)

An oblique aerial view of the Rideau Canal with the new bridge showing the east switchback ramp/stairs and the curved ramp to the west.

Refined Recommended Concept

site plan - A plan view showing the Rideau Canal with the new bridge and approaches connecting to Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue.

Site Plan

Elevation looking south - A cross-sectional view of the new bridge looking south.  This view illustrates the bridge height and clearances over Colonel By Drive, the navigational clearance envelope and the clearances over the pathway and lily pond at the west.

Elevation looking south

 A cross-sectional view through the bridge illustrating the supporting box girder and deck, lighting and railing configuration proposed.

Bridge deck cross-section

 An elevation view of the new bridge and western approach ramp looking south.

Western Elevation - Looking South

 An elevation view showing curved shape of the western approach ramp, lily pond and bridge looking north.

Western Elevation - Looking North 

A sectional view, looking north showing Queen Elizabeth Drive, the western access ramp, lily pond, pathway and bridge to the canal.

Western Cross-Section - Looking North

An elevation view from the ice showing the bridge, piers and eastern ramp access.

View in Winter

 Cycling Network

  •  The new Rideau Canal Crossing supports the Glebe Neighbourhood Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Cycling Plan by enhancing east-west connectivity.

A map showing the location of the new Rideau Canal Crossing Bridge between Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street.  The map also illustrates the routes of the local cycling network as well as the Pretoria Bridge to the north and Bank Street bridge to the south.

Location map of new Rideau Canal Crossing Bridge

 Moving Forward

  • Preliminary and Detailed Design in 2016 and early 2017
  • Design issues to be resolved:
    • Pedestrian and Cyclist Connections at East / West Landings
    • Landscape Integration and Design
    • Integration / Separation of Bridge Users
    • Bridge Design Refinements
  • Construction currently scheduled after 2020; should funding become available, construction could begin as early as Fall 2017 (Revised).

 Stay Informed!

  •  Visit the project website:  Rideau Canal Crossing
  • The project team welcomes your feedback. Please fill out a comment sheet, or send questions or comments to Richard E. Moore, P.Eng., Project Manager. 

Public Information Session - 4 February 2016

You’re Invited:
Thursday, February 4, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Scotton Hall-Glebe Community Centre
175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 2K2

The City of Ottawa invites you to an Open House Information Session concerning the ongoing design of the footbridge project. Preliminary design drawings and architectural renderings will be on display.  A brief presentation will begin at 7p.m.  Staff will also be on hand to provide information and receive comments.  

Why: To reduce distances between two important mid-town Ottawa communities and to improve access for all users of the City’s extensive network of pedestrian multi-use pathways.  At present, this 2 kilometre section of the Rideau Canal may only be traversed by way of the Pretoria Bridge to the North and the Bank Street Bridge to the south. 

What: The plan is to construct an arched, linear multi-use pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Rideau Canal. This refined plan has received previous Federal Environmental Assessment (EA) approval in 2013.    

When:  This project is currently scheduled in Phase 2 of the City’s Transportation Master Plan for construction in 2020-2025.  Design work for the bridge is being advanced, in the event that additional funding becomes available.   

Where: Over the Rideau Canal 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 (on the east side of the canal).    

City staff and the project consultants will be on hand to discuss the current project status and respond to questions.  

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.

If you are not available to attend the meeting or would like additional information, a project website will be set up in the near future.  If your concerns are of an urgent nature, please direct your comments to the City of Ottawa or MMM Project Manager listed below.

Michel Vachon, P.Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
MMM Group Limited
1145 Hunt Club Road
Ottawa, ON K1V 0Y3
Tel: 613-736-7200, ext. 3235

Richard E. Moore, P.Eng.
Project Manager
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
613-299-6555