On Saturday morning, March 30, 2019, at 6 am, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will begin the second phase of major work to improve the Portage Bridge cycle track and rehabilitate the asphalt surface of the bridge’s northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane leading to Gatineau.
Construction work will be undertaken close to 24 hours a day, mostly during off-peak traffic hours, evenings and nights, from 7 pm to 6 am, Monday through Saturday, until the end of June 2019.
Daytime and on-peak hours (6 am to 7 pm)
- Two northbound lanes of the Portage Bridge, one for cars, and one for buses and cars with at least two people, will be open at all times.
- The northbound lane along the cycle track will be closed.
Nighttime and off-peak hours (7 pm to 6 am)
- The northbound lane along the bridge’s median will be open at all times during the work.
- The northbound centre lane and the lane along the cycle track will be closed.
The bridge’s southbound lanes leading to Ottawa will not be affected, and will be open at all times while the work is being performed.
PEDESTRIANS are asked to use the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge to reach their destinations during the work.
- Northbound: Cyclists will have to use the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge.
- Southbound: Cyclists will use the existing reduced cycle track.
The NCC urges motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution, respect working crews and equipment, and obey signage and flag persons on-site.
WORK BEING DONE
- Widening of the existing bidirectional cycle track from 2.5 metres to 2.6 metres, with the addition of a vertical barrier between the cycle track and the motor vehicle lanes.
- Adjustments to the motor vehicle lanes to accommodate the improved cycle track.
- Rehabilitation of the asphalt surface of the bridge’s northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane leading to Gatineau.
THE CYCLING TRACK
- The Portage Bridge currently includes a 2.5-metre-wide concrete bidirectional (two-way) cycle track on the east side of the bridge, which forms part of Confederation Boulevard, with a number of connections to existing and planned cycling facilities.
- The Portage Bridge cycling lanes are used by over 300,000 cyclists per year, with the number of cyclists increasing by 4 percent each year. On an hourly basis, during the morning and afternoon commutes, the number of cyclists crossing the bridge is over 400 per hour.
- On average, the bridge carries approximately 40,000 vehicles per day.
WORK COMPLETED IN 2018
- Rehabilitation of the asphalt surface on five of the bridge’s six lanes: three southbound lanes leading to Ottawa and two northbound lanes leading to Gatineau.
- Repairs to the drains and the bridge expansion joints.
- Posted speed reduced to 50 km/h.