The opening of the Jackie Holzman Bridge, a pedestrian and cycling bridge spanning Highway 417 between Harmer Avenue South and Harmer Avenue North, was celebrated today during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Jim Watson, Chair of Transportation Committee Tim Tierney, Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper and the guest of honour, former Mayor Jackie Holzman.
Construction to replace the former Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge began in the summer of 2018. The new bridge forms part of the active transportation network, connecting the communities of Wellington West and the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The bridge reduces distances and improves connectivity in two key Ottawa neighbourhoods, provides a safe cycling and walking path for residents, shortens commute times and offers a dedicated active and sustainable transportation route.
The bridge provides a new visual element on Highway 417 with improved accessibility and features, including an enclosed roof, glass panels and lighting. The total approved budget for the project is $13.5 million.
The name of the bridge, approved by Council on July 15, 2020, recognizes the extensive community service and exceptional impact of Jackie Holzman. Ms. Holzman was the first Jewish woman and third woman to become Mayor of Ottawa (1991 to 1997). As a volunteer and Mayor, her goal was to remove barriers in the community so that everyone, including persons with disabilities, could achieve their maximum potential.
“We are thrilled that this much-anticipated project has been completed on schedule. It’s an important link in our active transportation network that connects communities by offering a safe and convenient way to cross the highway by foot or by bike. How fitting that it is named for Jackie Holzman, who worked tirelessly during her time at City Hall to bridge differences between communities and unite residents around important issues.”
Mayor Jim Watson