City wants your thoughts on Heron Bridge commemorative naming


(press release)

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.


View the online proposal for the “Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge.”


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OttawaStart Staff


2 Responses

  1. Nicole Lamadeleine Cayer says:

    In the Heron Road bridge collapse I lost my dad, Omer Lamadeleine. Our lives was changed forever. My mom passed away in May 2009 at the age of 89 years old. She never forgot and was left to raise 7 kids on her own. For us, every August is a reminder of this tragedy. After reading the reenamed for “Fallen Workers” I agree it’s a more suitable description for those you lost their lives. With the upcoming 50th anniversary, I believe it’s the most opportume time to rename the plaque. My mom is watching over us and will surely agree with this.

  2. Cathy Loucks says:

    I am the daughter of Clarence Beattie, the foreman and he too left behind a wife and five children. Living without our father has had devastating effects on some of my siblings and what I find difficult to understand is why I cannot receive a email copy of the pictures and reports that the papers carried on that fateful day. Are we not children of the lost men entitled to that much to have to hold onto. We gave you our father’s life so I feel this would have been a kind expression to those who lost their family units. I was just 4 years old when this event happened. I am happy that they have recognized the men who gave their lives for the city of Ottawa.
    Cathy Loucks

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