Ottawa – The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on a proposal to commemoratively name the Heron Road Bridge, which spans the Rideau River, the “Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge.”
Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge – (Ward 16 – River)
In recognition of the historical significance of the Heron Road Bridge collapse, the City of Ottawa has been asked to commemoratively name the Heron Road Bridge, the “Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge.”
A summary of the proposal is as follows:
Arguably one of the worst construction accidents in the history of Ottawa, on August 10, 1966, the partially completed south span of the Heron Road Bridge collapsed, claiming the lives of nine workers and injuring an additional 55.
Following an inquest, the Province of Ontario’s construction safety standards were re-written.
August 10, 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the accident.