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O-Train South Extension Construction Activities

Rideau River Pedestrian Bridge


This image is a representation of the Rideau River pedestrian bridge.
Schematic view looking west toward Carleton University. This representation is subject to change.

The Rideau River pedestrian bridge EA was undertaken as part of the 2006 North-South Corridor Project, which ultimately did not proceed. At the time, local Councillors, the National Capital Commission (NCC), Carleton University, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ministry of Natura Resources and City of Ottawa Planning department were among the stakeholders consulted. The pedestrian bridge was later again identified as a project to be bundled into the Stage 2 Project as a New Municipal Infrastructure (NMI) project. NMI projects are City infrastructure works that are delivered by the project constructor, in an effort to reduce the City’s costs, risk, and stakeholder impacts. This structure has an approved Federal Lands Use, Design and Transactions Approval (FLUDTA) with the NCC.

In April 2020, a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) was established to learn about a recent connectivity review undertaken by the Rail Construction Program and consulting firm ALTA Planning. This PAC included elected officials and stakeholders an met on April 29th. The Rideau River pedestrian bridge was discussed at this meeting as participants had questions about the structure.

The next phase of design review is scheduled for Summer 2020.
Pre-construction activities are scheduled to begin in March 2021 with bridge construction starting in April 2021.
It is anticipated that the construction of the bridge should finish in October 2021.
These dates are subject to change.

This image is a representation of the Rideau River pedestrian bridge.
Schematic view looking west toward Vincent Massey Park. This representation is subject to change.


This truss bridge will be 5m wide between handrails on either side.
The handrail height will be 1.37m.
The entire structure will be 5m high.
The structure will be 23m west of the rail bridge.
The deck of the bridge will be a concrete surface.
The bridge is designed to accept maintenance equipment such as sidewalk plows.
The lighting of this bridge will be in the handrails.
These specs meet the requirements of COADS and AODA

This image is a representation of the Rideau River pedestrian bridge.


“Pre-fab” bridge, meaning few opportunities to change structural design of bridge.

Locations are fixed due to agreements with Carleton University and the National Capital Commission (property owners on either side of the bridge)

New Municipal Infrastructure – Asset Management previously negotiated features of this structure.

Winter maintenance is not currently planned for this structure as the connecting pathways on the south side of the bridge are not winter maintained.

The Rail Construction Program staff will be performing a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) audit of this structure. Elements of the approach design will be reviewed in the process and information gathered in this next activity will allow meeting participants to share their insight on the following: Approach landscaping, approach lighting, pavement markings, and signage.


Please share your thoughts with the Rail Construction Program by completing this short survey.

If you have questions please contact the City’s representative:

Annie Goodchild
Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program
City of Ottawa