The centre and east Minto bridges (Union Street/Green Island) that span the Rideau River will be completely closed for construction starting Monday, July 27. The bridges have been closed to vehicular traffic since March 2014 for extensive rehabilitation work.
Minto Bridge East construction is scheduled until December 2015 with site reinstatement carried out in spring 2016. Minto Bridge Centre construction is scheduled from June 2016 to December 2016 with site reinstatement to be carried out in spring 2017. The work on the third bridge, on the west side, was completed last year, providing full access to Green Island without any vehicular or load restrictions.
Construction will impact traffic on Union Street and Stanley Avenue but access to the underground parking garage at the rear of the John G. Diefenbaker Building at 111 Sussex Drive on Green Island will be maintained at all times.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured north via Sussex Drive across the Bytown Bridges during construction. Minto Bridges East and Centre will be re-opened to pedestrians and cyclists from late December 2015 to early June 2016 during winter shutdown of construction.
Pedestrian access to Stanley Park will not be available at the Union Street/Stanley Avenue intersection during the Minto Bridge East rehabilitation and the NCC Rideau River Eastern Pathway will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists south and north of Union Street.
The Minto bridges rehabilitation project will address the deteriorated state of the two heritage bridges that has resulted in restricted vehicular access due to public safety concerns. Further updates will be provided as to when the bridges are expected to reopen to traffic. For more information, visit ottawa.ca.
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