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Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge replacement

Notice of night work (December 2018)

Thank you for your continued patience during the Harmer Avenue Bridge Replacement project. We acknowledge the disruptions and inconvenience that you faced during the bridge demolition and Queensway detours, and would like to let you know how much we have appreciated your support and cooperation throughout the construction process. This notice is to inform you of night work that is being planned.

Who: The City’s Contractor will continue to perform the construction works associated with the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Replacement Project and install two sign supports for MTO signage.

Why: The MTO signs that were formerly installed on the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will now be installed on their own sign supports in the Queensway corridor.

What: There will be two sign supports with MTO signage installed within the Queensway corridor, one in the eastbound direction and one in the westbound direction. Queensway motorists will be impacted by lane closures for this construction work.  

When: The construction work is scheduled for December 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2019 from 11 pm to 4 am (weather permitting). 

Where: Westbound Queensway corridor adjacent to Fisher Park Summit Alternative School and Eastbound Queensway corridor at the dead end of Ruskin Avenue.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact the City’s project manager, listed below.

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.

City’s project manager:
Elizabeth Murphy, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Design and Construction - Municipal
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 15397

On-site inspector:
Allan Willsher
Construction Inspector
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: 613-769-6269

Contractor’s project manager:
Rob Dollimont
RW Tomlinson Group
5597 Power Road, RR 6
Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3N4
Tel: 613-822-1863

Contract administrator:
Stan Skeggs
McIntosh Perry
350 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K2V 1A8
Tel: 613-836-2184

Construction update (August 2018)

Thank you for your continued patience during the Harmer Avenue bridge replacement project. We acknowledge the disruptions and inconvenience that you faced during the bridge demolition and Queensway detours, and would like to let you know how much we have appreciated your support and cooperation throughout the construction process.

Who: City staff and its contractor, will continue to perform the construction works associated with the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge replacement project and revise the Holland Avenue detour for pedestrians and cyclists.

Why: Due to considerable feedback from the public, the Holland Avenue detour for pedestrians and cyclists will be revised.

What: The Holland Avenue detour for pedestrians and cyclists will be revised to reflect the following:

  • The provision of 1.5 metre bike lanes in each direction of Holland Avenue from Kenilworth Street to Tyndall Avenue.
  • Inclusion of a painted buffer zone to provide distance between the cycle lane, the travel lane and parked cars.
  • Inclusion of flex posts in this buffer zone to provide visual clues to both drivers and cyclists. The flex posts currently located on the centerline of the road will be removed.
  • The super sharrows on the road will be removed.
  • Parking will remain on the east side of Holland Avenue from Kenilworth Street to the Sherwood Drive and on the west side from the Fisher Park school intersection to Tyndall Avenue.

When:    The remaining work is planned to begin during the last week of August 2018 and to be completed for the return to school in early September 2018. The contractor will be removing the line paintings on the road during the day and City line painting crews will be working at night.

Where:  Holland Avenue between Kenilworth Avenue to Tyndall Drive.

Cyclist and pedestrian detour route [ PDF - 37.6 KB ]

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the undersigned.

Traffic and Parking Impacts

During the day, traffic will be reduced to one lane and flagged during off-peak traffic times. In order to complete the revised Holland Avenue pedestrian and cycling detour, parking will be removed on Holland Avenue from Kenilworth Street to Tyndall Avenue for the removal and reinstatement of the line painting. Once complete, parking will remain on the east side of Holland Avenue from Kenilworth Street to the Sherwood Drive and on the west side from the Fisher Park school intersection to Tyndall Avenue. 

Should you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact the City’s project manager, listed below.
For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.

City's Project Manager:
Elizabeth Murphy, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Design and Construction Municipal Branch
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 15397

On-Site Inspector:
Allan Willsher
Construction Inspector
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: 613-769-6269

Contractor's Project Manager:
Rob Dollimont
RW Tomlinson Group
5597 Power Road, RR 6
Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3N4
Tel: 613-822-1863

Contract Administrator:
Stan Skeggs
McIntosh Perry
350 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K2V 1A8
Tel: 613-836-2184
 

Project Status: 
Underway

Traffic impacts

The City of Ottawa will be closing a section of Highway 417 in both directions from 6 pm on Saturday, July 28 to 11 am on Sunday, July 29. Lane closures on the highway will begin at 5 pm. This closure is required for the demolition of the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

Highway 417 will be closed in both directions from Bronson Avenue to Carling Avenue. During the work, the following eastbound on-ramps will be closed:  Carling, Parkdale and Maitland. The following westbound on-ramps will be closed: Catherine, Rochester, Parkdale, Lyon and O’Connor.

The following detours will be in effect during the closure:

Westbound detour

  • Westbound motorists must exit the highway at Bronson Avenue onto Catherine Street
  • Proceed via Catherine Street, which becomes Raymond Street, westbound to Booth Street
  • Proceed via Booth Street southbound to Carling Avenue
  • Proceed via Carling Avenue westbound to the westbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Kirkwood Avenue (west of the fire station)

Eastbound detour

  • Eastbound motorists must exit the highway at Carling Avenue and continue east to Bronson Avenue
  • Proceed via Bronson Avenue northbound to Chamberlain Avenue
  • Proceed via Chamberlain Avenue eastbound to Isabella Street
  • Proceed via Isabella Street eastbound onto the eastbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Metcalfe Street

The public is advised to plan all trips well in advance as significant delays are expected during the closure. There are many other transportation options including OC Transpo, carpooling and other alternative forms of transportation to get around the city while this closure is in place.

 

Map of Westbound Detour

Map of Eastbound Detour

Night construction notice (July 2018)

Beginning mid July 2018, the City of Ottawa will begin nighttime construction work in your neighbourhood. This work is being undertaken to prepare for the demolition of the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and its demolition on July 28 and 29, 2018. Thank you for your cooperation.

Who: The contractor, R.W. Tomlinson Ltd., will be performing the construction work for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The purpose of this project is to renew the existing infrastructure and construct a bridge that will be part of the active living transportation network.

What: The upcoming construction will include the preparation work for the demolition of the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge and its demolition on July 28 and 29, 2018. The work will include installation of temporary Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) signage, fencing, excavation and crane work.

When: This evening work is planned to begin July 16 and will continue to August 3, 2018. Much of the work will consist of highway lanes closures that will be mitigated by the MTO noise barriers. The evening work will take place on week day evenings with the exception of the Harmer bridge demolition, which will take place from Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 5 pm to Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11 am.

Where: Highway 417 right-of-way, Helena Street north and Harmer Avenue north and south.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the City’s project manager or the contractor’s project manager.

Construction disruptions

R.W. Tomlinson Ltd. will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the normal life of your family and / or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the operation of the work.  We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

Contact information

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this project, please contact:

City’s project manager:
Elizabeth Murphy, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Design and Construction Municipal
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 15397

On-site inspector:
Allan Willsher
Construction Inspector
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-769-6269

Contractor’s project manager:
Rob Dollimont
RW Tomlinson Group
5597 Power Road, RR#6
Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4
Tel: 613-822-1863

Contract administrator:
Stan Skeggs
McIntosh Perry
350 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, ON K2V 1A8
Tel: 613-836-2184

Construction notice (July 2018)

In mid-July, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work at Harmer Avenue North, Harmer Avenue South and Helena Street North and the adjacent Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) right-of-way within your community area. The Harmer Avenue Pedestrian bridge replacement project will consist of removing the existing bridge and constructing the new Harmer Avenue Bridge. This notice is being distributed to those directly adjacent to the work zone.

Who: RW Tomlinson Group will perform the construction work for the City of Ottawa.

Why: The purpose of this project is to renew the existing infrastructure and construct a bridge that will be part of the active living transportation network.

What: The construction work will consist of the construction of the main span truss and its north and south structural ramps, the north and south piers, the caisson foundations and the railings. There will also be pathway lighting and landscaping features. There will be construction in the City right-of-way on storm sewers, sanitary sewers, sidewalks and minor roadway work.

When: The construction is planned to commence this July and to be completed by June 2020. As there are several work zones within your community area, the work required in front of/adjacent to your dwelling may not necessarily last this whole duration.

The City of Ottawa Noise By-law (2017-255) allows construction activity to occur weekdays between 7 am and 10 pm. On Saturdays, work is permitted between 7 am and 10 pm, while Sunday and statutory holiday work is allowed between 9 am and 10 pm.

Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community.

Where: Construction is expected to be limited to the MTO right-of-way, and the City right-of-way at Harmer Avenue North, Harmer Avenue South and Helena Street North. The construction site trailer will be located at 340 Holland Avenue, with heavier vehicles accessing via Holland and lighter vehicles accessing via Huron Avenue.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the On-Site Inspector or the Contractor’s Project Manager (contact details below).

Pedestrian and cycling detour to Holland Avenue from Kenilworth to Tyndall

In mid-July 2018, the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be closed to prepare for its demolition. There will be a walking and cycling detour for the duration of construction on Holland Avenue from Kenilworth Street to Tyndall Street. The cyclist detour route will be shown by sharrows on the road surface along Kenilworth Avenue and Holland Avenue. Cyclists will also be permitted to ride along the sidewalk on the west side of Holland Avenue. This route will be indicated by new signs that will also remind cyclists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while on the sidewalk.

Educational cycling workshops for the Holland detour: On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the City conducted a cycling workshop for students of the community that was held at the Fisher Park Community Centre. As students prepare to go back to school for September 2018, another cycling workshop will be held to assist young students who cycle in using the Holland Avenue detour. Details to follow.

Visit cycling education at the City for additional information.

Cyclist and pedestrian detour route [ PDF - 37.6 KB ]

Holland Avenue detour for cyclists

Holland Avenue detour for drivers

Queensway closure for rapid demolition and main span truss installation

In late July or early August 2018, the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be demolished and the Queensway will be closed for a Saturday evening/Sunday morning (17 hours), with the detour going to Carling Avenue. As construction progresses, the main truss installation will take place with another Queensway closure for a Saturday evening/Sunday morning (17 hours), with the detour going to Carling Avenue. More details to follow.

Construction disruptions

RW Tomlinson Group is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete in 2020. They will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the operation of the work, such as delays when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation. You may feel vibrations at your home or business due to the use of the construction equipment needed to complete this work. This is quite common and not usually a problem. The contractor will be distributing a letter inviting homeowners adjacent to the construction site to have their homes surveyed to ensure baseline information is on record before construction starts. Residents can choose whether to pursue this optional survey.

Short-term driveway access restrictions may be required during construction at some residences. When driveway access is not possible, on-street parking passes will be provided to residents, if required. Advanced notice will be provided to affected residents should there be any driveway access restrictions.

Impact on the right-of-way and adjacent private properties

The infrastructure work within the City’s right-of-way may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. Lawns, pathways, gardens and/or driveways may be disturbed. The affected areas will be reinstated as soon as possible after construction is completed, at no cost to you. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right-of-way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you move the assets in preparation for the construction work.

Contact information

It should also be noted that the Contractor assumes full responsibility for the construction work until completion as well as for any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the Contractor’s Project Manager and to the On-Site Inspector. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations. The City/Contractor will be taking photographs of front lawns and driveways to ensure private properties are returned to their original or better condition.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the City’s project manager.

City’s project manager:
Elizabeth Murphy, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Design and Construction - Municipal
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 15397

On-site inspector:
Allan Willsher
Construction Inspector
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-769-6269

Contractor’s project manager:
Rob Dollimont
RW Tomlinson Group
5597 Power Road, RR#6
Ottawa, ON K1G 3N4
Tel: 613-822-1863

Contract administrator:
Stan Skeggs
McIntosh Perry
350 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, ON K2V 1A8
Tel: 613-836-2184

E-newsletter: The project team will provide regular updates on the progress and construction activities. Sign up to automatically receive these updates.

Project overview (June 2018)

The current Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge is at the end of its lifecycle. It will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge which will form part of the active living transportation network.

Public consultation of the preliminary design included review and input from a Public Advisory Committee consisting of community stakeholders in early 2017. A public information session held on March 27, 2018 at the Fisher Park Summit Alternative School on Holland Avenue gave area residents the opportunity to review the detailed design.

The location of the bridge is shown on the key plan below, connecting the communities of Wellington West and the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Key plan [ PDF – 44.0 KB ]

The bridge will provide a new visual element on Highway 417 with improved accessibility and features including an enclosed roof, glass panels and lighting. The design concept is similar to the pedestrian bridges built across Highway 417 at Castlefrank Road.

Artistic rendering of the view of the new Harmer Bridge driving eastbound on Highway 417.

Construction activities

  • The bridge will be constructed from pre-fabricated structural steel and the main structure will be delivered to the site for installation.
  • Construction will include north and south access ramps and bridge approaches, considered structures of their own. They will require complex foundations and several structural elements.
  • The project will include the installation of Ministry of Transportation (MTO) permanent noise barriers and residential privacy fences.

Schedule

March 2017 - Preliminary design completion    

December 2017 - Detailed design completion

mid July 2018 - Completion of the Holland Avenue pedestrian and cycling detour, the Harmer Bridge closure and the demolition of the existing bridge. Over a late July/early August weekend, for one night, Highway 417 will be closed in both directions and a traffic detour will be in place on Carling Avenue to demolish the existing bridge.

June to September 2018 - Utility relocations, drainage improvements, foundation work, fabrication of steel truss (off – site), installation of MTO noise barriers and privacy fencing, installation of two MTO structural sign supports.

late fall 2018 – Installation of the pre-fabricated structural steel truss. Over a late fall weekend, for one overnight, Highway 417 will be closed in both directions and a traffic detour will be in place on Carling Avenue to install the main span over Highway 417.

Fall 2018 to spring of 2019 - Installation of architectural features. Temporary Highway 417 lane closures required (construction will pause over the winter months).

Spring 2019 to fall of 2019 - Continued construction on the north and south approaches and stairs. Construction will pause over the winter months.

Spring to summer of 2020 – Resume work on the north and south ramps and structural elements such as the railings. Final works, including roadwork and the installation of sidewalks.

Detours

Pedestrians will continue to use the existing sidewalks. Cyclists will use the on-road facilities and the path through Fisher Park.

Cyclist and pedestrian detour route [ PDF - 37.6 KB ]

Budget

The total approved budget for the project is $13.5 million.

Contact

Recognizing the inconveniences and challenges of construction, the City takes every precaution to minimize interruptions to residents, businesses and commuters. The City welcomes the opportunity to work with residents, partners and community groups for the coordination of construction projects. To obtain additional information on this project, please contact the City’s project manager:

Elizabeth Murphy, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure Services and Economic Development Department
Design and Construction - Municipal
100 Constellation Drive, Sixth Floor West 
Ottawa ON K2G 6J8
City of Ottawa
Tel: 613-580-2424 Ext. 15397

Public information session (March 27, 2018)

Posted: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:31 pm
Last updated: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2:08 pm

Dates & Times

Tuesday, March 27, 2018,
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Location

Fisher Park Summit Alternative School – Library (2nd floor)
250 Holland Avenue
Ottawa, ON

Presentation at 7 - 7:30 pm

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a Public Information Session to discuss the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Replacement project in your neighborhood. This meeting will allow residents an opportunity to review the design features of the project. Representatives from the City, the design consultant and Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper will be available to discuss the project and to answer your questions.

Who: Design consulting firm, Stantec, has been retained by the City to develop a design for the proposed Harmer Avenue Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge.

What: The existing Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge has reached its lifespan. It will be demolished in June of 2018. As part of the City’s infrastructure renewal, the proposed Harmer Avenue Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge will be constructed with a main span truss over the Queensway, the north and south ramps, and the corresponding stairs. The main span truss will be enclosed with glass panels and a roof. The bridge, the ramps and stairs will have pathway lighting. There will be a pedestrian and cycling detour implemented on Holland Avenue to assist residents through out the construction phase.

Why: The existing Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge is at the end of its life cycle and is in need of replacement. The proposed bridge will continue to connect the neighbourhoods of Wellington West Village and the Ottawa Civic Hospital area. The proposed bridge is part of the active living transportation network and a main spine in the City of Ottawa Master Cycling plan.

When: The current project schedule is as follows:

  • Construction start: Spring 2018
  • Bridge demolition: June 2018
  • Main span truss installation: Fall 2018
  • Construction completion: Summer of 2020

Where: The proposed bridge alignment will span the Queensway/417 and will be located slightly to the east of the existing bridge. Its ramps and stairs will be located in the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) lands adjacent to the Queensway, as they exist today.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. There is an accessible entrance to the school on Harmer Avenue North. An elevator and ramps just inside of this door lead to the second floor library. If you require special accommodation at the public open house, please contact the undersigned. For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Elizabeth Murphy, P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 15397

Public information boards (March 27, 2018)

Welcome

Welcome to the pre-construction open house for the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge replacement project. 

A brief history of the bridge

When the Queensway was being designed, the engineers realized that a pedestrian bridge was needed to provide a crossing joining communities south of the highway to the schools that were to the north. The bridge opened to the public in 1963.The “cage” was added soon after to encourage safe behaviour of bridge users. The bridge is used by an average of 500 people per day.

a steel erection for the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge in 1962 with a crane and labourers.
 
the original Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge enveloped in a cage which consists of chain link fence and steel tubing so no objects can be thrown on the Queensway below.

Project milestones

Project start: fall 2016
Preliminary design: winter 2016/17
Stakeholder meetings: winter 2016/spring 2017
Detailed design: spring 2017 to winter 2018
Approvals: winter 2018
Open house: March 2018
Construction start: spring 2018

Design objectives

The new bridge design is designed to:

  • Keep the same connections as the existing bridge
  • Provide universal access by conforming to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • Be compatible with the natural vegetation in the area
  • Be within the City budget of $13.5 million
  • Be easy to maintain
  • Be safe for all users
  • Contribute to the City’s active living goals
  • Be a part of the spine in the City’s Ottawa Cycling Plan

Aerial photo of the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge [ PDF - 9.64 MB ]

Design

an artistic rendering of the main truss span for the proposed Harmer bridge over the Queensway.

an artistic rendering of the cross section of the main span truss of the proposed Harmer bridge showing people walking in both directions, north and south.

the north ramp extending to the mid span truss of the Harmer bridge with the truss and the railings.

Harmer bridge view looking toward Fisher Park Summit Alternative School with the ramps and railings.

the north ramp of Harmer bridge with the ramp, railing and the north landing of the bridge.

the south landing with the south ramps and railings.

Landscape plan

a landscape plan of the bridge with vegetation planted around it, the typical cross sections and elevation.

Architectural Plan

Architectural details are designed into the bridge including the railings, canopy, windows and interior.

Architectural plan of bridge [ PDF - 2.03 MB ] 

Architectural plan of ramp and stairs [ PDF - 926 KB ] 

Public consultation

Public Consultation was carried out throughout the project to make sure that the best possible bridge was designed. This included:

  • Two Public Advisory Committee meetings
  • A Technical Advisory Committee meeting
  • Meetings with the principals of the Fisher Park/Summit Alternative Schools and the Elmdale Public School
  • A kitchen table meeting with some of the adjacent residents
  • Several meetings with the Ward Councillor

These meetings resulted in several design changes that are reflected in the plans presented this evening.

Coordination with the Ministry of Transportation - Ontario projects

The Ministry of Transportation - Ontario has several projects that are near the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge:

  • Highway 417 widening between Maitland Avenue and Island Park Drive (currently underway)
  • Highway 417 noise wall replacement between Island Park Drive and Metcalfe Street (tentatively for 2019)
  • O-Train/Highway 417 bridge replacement (design and construction report to be completed by spring 2018, construction not yet scheduled)
  • Highway 417 bridge replacements between Preston and Percy streets (construction not yet scheduled)

Background studies

Several studies were undertaken to help understand the area in and around the bridge. The following is a brief description of these studies.

Geotechnical report

  • This report documents the investigations conducted to determine the ground conditions.
  • Used to properly design the foundation for the future bridge. Nothing unusual was found.

Archaeological study

  • Most of the area has been disturbed, and holds no archaeological potential.
  • Additional focus was carried out on the “lawn” area next to the north ramp, and in the wooded area next to the south ramp, but no archaeological resources were found.

Species at risk survey

  • No species at risk were found in the study area.

Environmental site assessment

  • Minor environmental concerns include one property with a fuel tank, and the former rail line upon which the Highway 417 was built.

Tree survey

  • A tree survey was conducted to document the species and size of the trees in the study area.

Composite utility plan

  • This plan was created to document all of the underground and above ground utilities in the study area.

Existing bridge inspection report

  • This report documents the existing conditions of the bridge from a structural point of view.
  • It recommends some minor repairs (these have been completed).

Pedestrian and cyclist detour

  • Pedestrians and Cyclists will be detoured around the construction site via Kenilworth Street, Holland Avenue and the pathway through Fisher Park.
  • Cyclists will be accommodated with “sharrows” on Kenilworth Street and with temporary cycle lanes on Holland.
  • Pedestrians will be directed to the existing sidewalks on Kenilworth Street and Holland Avenue.

Pedestrian and cycling detour plan [ PDF - 332 KB ]

Highway 417 closure detour

The demolition of the existing bridge and the installation of the new bridge truss will require weekend closures of Highway 417 on two separate weekends. These are currently expected to be on the June 3/4 weekend and the September 22/23 weekend.

Highway 417 closure and detour plan [ PDF - 171 KB ]

Moving forward

The demolition of the old bridge and the construction of the new bridge will take about two years with an anticipated completion date of June 2020.

Initial works

May 2018: Start of works; detour installation, construction fencing

Main bridge

June 2018: Demolish bridge
June to September 2018: Construct tower piers
September 2018: Install bridge truss
September 2018 to May 2019: Interior works

Approach ramps

May to June 2018: Demolish ramps
May 2018 to June 2019: Construct ramps

Finishing works

June 2019 to June 2020: Railings and lighting, landscaping

What to expect during construction

  • Bridge closure from May 2018 to June 2020
  • Pedestrian and cycling detours
  • Weekend closures of the Queensway for two separate weekends to demolish the existing bridge (June 2018) and to erect the new bridge (September 2018)
  • Additional construction traffic to access the construction areas
  • Additional noise during the day due to construction activities (night-time noise will be prohibited except for the two weekend Queensway closures and during truss fit-up)
  • Construction hoarding will be installed to protect passers-by from construction activities
  • A contract administrator will be on site and available to help with issues and concerns.