Updated April 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
Filling the Canal: Begins May 1, 2018
Pier work in the Canal is finished
New watermain work: April/May 2018
Project substantial completion: August 2019
Underground directional drilling for the new watermain under the Canal has started at Echo Drive and Herridge Street. Replacement of the existing watermain on Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Fourth Avenue and Third Avenue has started. This will require an after hours closure of Queen Elizabeth Driveway starting April 28. The switchback girder will be delivered and installed by the end of April 2018. Fabrication and coating of the bridge girders and V-piers is almost complete. The existing pathway on the east side of the canal has been reinstated until just before the bridge girders are delivered. The pathway detour on the west side of the canal continues to work well.
For more information
Richard E. Moore, P.Eng
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department