Ottawa City Hall (Photo/Devyn Barrie)
The Flora Footbridge over the Rideau Canal officially opened Friday morning, per Mayor Jim Watson.
Happy Friday! I am proud to announce that the Flora Footbridge is now officially open to cyclists and pedestrians. Just in time for #CanadaDay this bridge connects Old Ottawa East to Lansdowne/Glebe and is an important addition to our pathway network in #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/3RO2ur8rft— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) June 28, 2019
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…
There was a time when municipal bridge projects in this city were making headlines for the wrong reasons, so this is a nice change. https://t.co/8SaLwX57Il— Jon Willing (@JonathanWilling) June 26, 2019