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Breaking bridge news: The Flora Footbridge is now open

Ottawa City Hall (Photo/Devyn Barrie)

The Flora Footbridge over the Rideau Canal officially opened Friday morning, per Mayor Jim Watson.

The pedestrian bridge connects Clegg Street to Fifth Avenue and is expected to be a major pedestrian link between neighbourhoods for people getting to work, school or entertainment and shopping. It’s also useful for getting to pathways that connect to Hurdman and Lees O-Train stations. A city press release says it will “support the city’s goals of healthy, sustainable commuting — allowing more people to walk, cycle or take transit instead of travelling by car.” It was built for $21 million with funding from the city, the province and the feds.

As Ottawa Citizen reporter Jon Willing observed on Twitter…