Officials from all three levels of government were involved in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-use bridge across the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.
The new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Rideau Canal will connect Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East to Fifth Avenue at Queen Elizabeth Drive in the Glebe. The crossing will reduce distances and improve connectivity between mid-town neighbourhoods, provide a safe cycling and walking path for residents, shorten commute times and offer a dedicated active, and sustainable transportation route to schools, work, entertainment and shopping sites, such as Lansdowne in the Glebe.
It will also provide an important link to pathways connecting to the City’s O-Train Confederation Line at Hurdman and Lees Transit Stations and support the City’s goals of healthy, sustainable commuting by promoting walking, cycling and transit—allowing more people to travel without the use of cars.
“With the new Rideau Canal Crossing, we are connecting communities and giving residents and visitors the freedom to explore the city, get active and save time getting around,” said Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa. “Projects like this one demonstrate the progress we are making in Ottawa when all three level of government collaborate on sustainable transportation solutions that benefit our residents and our natural environment.”
Construction is expected to be completed in two years. This project is a funding partnership between the City of Ottawa, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Ontario, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP). The budget for this project is $21 million; last year the Government of Canada announced that they would contribute $10.5 million towards the Clegg and Fifth Street footbridge, and in June the Province of Ontario also announced it would invest $5 million in the project.