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New pedestrian, biking bridge up over Rideau River from Carleton U to Vincent Massey Park; opening date unconfirmed

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Spectators gathered Saturday to look at a brand new pedestrian and biking bridge weighing about 131 tonnes being eased into its closing place spanning the Rideau River.

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The $5-million bridge will hyperlink the multi-use pathway alongside Vincent Massey Park to Carleton College however a gap date has but to be confirmed, the Metropolis of Ottawa stated.

Judging from the knots of individuals watching — and thumbs up from passing cyclists, joggers and and folks strolling on the Nationwide Capital Fee pathway — curiosity in getting ft and wheels on the bridge is eager.

“I feel the demand right here goes to surpass expectations as soon as individuals understand it’s open,” stated River ward Coun. Riley Brockington, who want to see year-round entry to the commuting and recreation route with winter plowing of the close by pathways.

“This connection, in my thoughts, should be accessible 12 months a 12 months.”

Brockington was amongst these taking in what he referred to as a “very spectacular feat of engineering.” It took a staff together with the operators of a big crane, engineers, mission managers, labourers and iron employees station at every finish to soundly set up the 65-metre lengthy bridge.

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Spanning River and Capital wards, the brand new lively transportation hyperlink will join surrounding neighbourhoods to the college, park and multi-use pathway stretching from Mooney’s Bay to Hurdman Station and so far as New Edinburgh.

It is going to additionally enable walkers and cyclists to bypass busy Bronson Avenue.

“Ideally this may open in about (4) months as an alternative of a 12 months,” Capital Ward Coun. Shawn Menard stated on social media, including that there was ending work to do this would take that lengthy and that work is underway with the Rideau Winter Path “to see about an extension of the path right here.”

The Rideau Winter Path carries cross-country skiers, walkers, snowshoers and riders of fats bikes from Donald Road to Financial institution Road alongside the river.

Among the many spectators Saturday was biking advocate Hans Moor, who tweets about biking as @HansontheBike. He stated that each new bridge like this one is progress in Ottawa in the direction of the objective of a greater community of strolling and biking infrastructure. It is going to be an inviting connection which he too want to see accessible year-round.

The brand new bridge mission a part of the Stage 2 South Extension of the town’s light-rail system which can be seeing the close by Rideau River rail bridge retrofitted to hold new trains. It was constructed 150 years in the past for CN freight trains and refurbished to hold the unique LRT line heading south, which is closed throughout the enlargement.



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