Residents and visitors will have another option for walking or biking across the Rideau Canal starting this weekend, with the opening of the Flora Footbridge.
The pedestrian bridge connects Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East to Fifth Avenue at Queen Elizabeth Drive in The Glebe.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson were on hand for the announcement, Wednesday.
The $21-million bridge was originally scheduled for completion in the fall of 2019. Money for the project came through a funding partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Ottawa, under the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program.
Along with improving safety and connectivity between mid-town Ottawa neighbourhoods, the new crossing is expected to shorten commute times and offer a dedicated active and sustainable transportation route to schools, work, entertainmentand shopping sites, such as Lansdowne in The Glebe.
"By connecting our neighbourhoods and helping people get around Ottawa on foot, by bike or on transit, we are making our communities safer and healthier, supporting local businesses, and protectingour environment," said McKenna. "After years of planning, community involvement and coordination among the city, the province and our government, it’s great to see the Flora Footbridge becoming a reality for people living near or travelling along the Rideau Canal."
The bridge will also link up with pathways connecting to Ottawa's O-Train Confederation Line at Hurdman and Lees Transit Stations.
"The whole community has been eagerly anticipating the completion of the Flora Footbridge," added Watson. "Thanks to the great work of City staff and Pomerleau construction crews, we are able to open it ahead of schedule, providing a new way for residents and visitors to cross the canal without using a car, and making it easier for everyone to get out and experience Ottawa to the fullest."
An exciting day as we celebrate the completion of the Flora Footbridge - connecting pedestrians from Old Ottawa East to Lansdowne/Glebe. With the help & support of many partners, this project is an important addition to our pathway network in Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/UtnPpUZRDk— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) June 26, 2019