Rideau Canal footbridge gets federal funding in transit agreement

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Feds offer up $156M to cover dozens of transit infrastructure projects in Ottawa

Some of the transit funding from the federal government will be used for a footbridge that would span the Rideau Canal and connect Fifth Avenue with Clegg Street.

 Some of the transit funding from the federal government will be used for a footbridge that would span the Rideau Canal and connect Fifth Avenue with Clegg Street. (Support Fifth-Clegg Canal Footbridge Facebook group)

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The federal government will help pay for a new footbridge over the Rideau Canal connecting Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street, one of dozens of local projects to benefit from a $1.49-billion transit infrastructure fund detailed Tuesday.

Ottawa MP Catherine McKenna rode her bike to Tuesday's announcement at the future site of the pedestrian bridge, where shovels should be in the ground by the fall of 2017.

The federal government will contribute $10.5 million — half of the cost of the long-planned footbridge project — to join the Glebe and Old Ottawa East.

That was just one of 57 projects in Ottawa that will share the city's $156-million portion of this first round of federal infrastructure money, which is focused on transit-related projects. The city is expected to match the federal contribution to each project.

Among the other major projects in Ottawa to receive federal funding:

  • $45 million for early works and preliminary engineering for Stage 2 of the city's LRT project.
  • $20 million to acquire two train sets.
  • $15 million related to bus detours during LRT construction.
  • $6.8 million to purchase 17 new buses for OC Transpo.
  • $6 million for the design of the Baseline transit corridor (Bayshore to Billings).
  • $5.5 million to improve tracks at a rail intersection.
  • $4.35 million for "transit priority projects."
  • $2.5 million to replace a transit structure on Mann Avenue. 
  • $2.25 million for "smartbus" infrastructure on buses. 
  • $2.15 million for renewing multi-use pathways in various locations.
  • $2 million for various cycling routes in rural areas.

Le fédéral injecte 10,5 M$ dans le projet de passerelle au-dessus du canal Rideau

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Un bateau navigue sur le canal Rideau, au centre-ville d'Ottawa, l'automne (archives). PHOTO : RADIO-CANADA/JEAN-SÉBASTIEN MARIER

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La Ville d'Ottawa recevra un coup de pouce de 10,5 millions du gouvernement fédéral pour terminer son projet de nouveau pont piétonnier au-dessus du canal Rideau.

Cette somme fait partie des fonds de près de 156 millions de dollars annoncés, mardi matin, pour le financement de 57 projets liés au transport en commun dans la capitale fédérale.

À lire aussi : La Ville d'Ottawa dévoile les plans d'un futur pont piétonnier
La future passerelle reliera l'avenue Fifth, dans le secteur du Glebe, à la rue Clegg, dans le Vieux-Ottawa est. Alors que les plans présentés par la Municipalité en 2012 montraient une structure courbée, les plus récents devis prévoient un pont plus droit.

Le conseiller du quartier Capitale, David Chernushenko, souligne que le nouveau pont piétonnier permettra aux résidents du secteur de traverser plus facilement le canal Rideau. En ce moment, ils doivent emprunter le pont Pretoria ou celui de la rue Bank.

Ce canal sépare mon quartier. Ce canal empêche les gens de [se déplacer] facilement [trad. libre].

David Chernushenko, conseiller du quartier Capitale
Selon M. Chernushenko, les travaux de construction pourraient commencer à l'automne 2017. Le budget total du projet est de 21 millons de dollars.

Avec les informations de Kate Porter de CBC

Feds fund Fifth-Clegg footbridge as part of $155.9 million announcement

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The feds will chip in on 57 public transit projects from cycling links to sidewalk renewal to transit station upgrades.

Community advocate John Dance, left, celebrates with Coun. David Chernushenko and Old Ottawa South past president Michael Jenkins where the Fifth-Clegg footbridge will be built in the next two years. EMMA JACKSON/METRO

By Emma Jackson, Metro

Cyclists rejoice: the Fifth and Clegg footbridge has been funded at last.

Ottawa-Centre MP Catherine McKenna announced Tuesday her government will pay for half of the $21-million pedestrian and cycling connection over the Rideau Canal, which should be built by 2019.

Officially, the city's transportation master plan says the crossing should be built between 2020 and 2024. But staff have been pushing to move it up as pressure mounts from residents who are stuck detouring to Pretoria or Bank Street bridge to cross the canal.

"The truth is, this is a critical part of getting right across the city without having to go downtown," said John Dance, past president of the Old Ottawa East community association and a 40-year advocate for a Fifth-Clegg crossing. "This will allow you to safety get across the mid-town section of the city, and I think that's really wonderful."

The $10.5 million federal commitment is just one on a list of 57 public transit projects in Ottawa that got a collective $155.9-million boost, as the government doled out $688 million across Ontario as part of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. Ontario will receive a total of $1.49 billion from the fund in phase one, McKenna said.

Federal government announces $156 million for Ottawa transit projects

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Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen

The $156 million in federal money for City of Ottawa transportation projects announced Tuesday includes $10.5 million for a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Rideau Canal.

The federal share is half of what the city needs to fast-track the bridge between Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street. The city would pay for the rest of the $21-million bridge if it can’t convince the province to help with the cost.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said after Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna announced the funding along the western edge of the canal where the bridge will be built.

Added Chernushenko: “I won’t believe it completely until there’s a shovel in the ground.”

The city hopes to have shovels in the ground by the end of 2017.

Yasir Naqvi, Ontario’s attorney general and MPP for Ottawa Centre, said he’s working on securing provincial funding.

A new canal bridge would help people access Lansdowne Park, specifically from the Lees transit station, which will be an LRT stop in 2018. It will be a roughly 20-minute walk from the transit station to the bridge.

Bernie Ashe, chief executive of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, said the trudge from the station to the canal bridge won’t turn off sports fans.

“More and more people are walking to the games,” Ashe said. “People are buying into the idea they have to find alternative transportation to the games.”

Chernushenko said building a new bridge will compel the city to rethink how it plans bus service east of the canal.