Portage Bridge Cycling Improvements

Portage Bridge Cycling Improvements

The NCC has retained WSP Canada to develop an asphalt improvement plan and propose possible changes to the existing bidirectional cycle track on the Portage Bridge. The construction work is currently scheduled to begin in summer 2018.

About the project

Following an analysis of the cycling facility, possible cycling improvements include the following:

  • enhancements to the existing bidirectional cycle track through widening the area between the cycle track and motor vehicle lanes;
  • enhancements to the existing bidirectional cycle track through the installation of a barrier between the cycle track and motor vehicle lanes; or
  • construction of a southbound cycle track on the west side of the bridge, and conversion of the existing bidirectional cycle track to a northbound-only cycle track.

Any changes to the cycle track are considered temporary until the full rehabilitation of the bridge structure, which will be required in 10 to 15 years. During a full bridge rehabilitation, additional improvements to the cycle track and connections may be possible. It is noted for all options that consideration is being given to reducing the posted speed limit on the bridge to 50 km/h.

Public Consultation

Let us know what you think of the proposed options to improve the existing cycle track, by completing the following survey by midnight on February 1, 2018. Your comments will be reviewed and will contribute to the selection of the best option. To finalize the selection, the option needs to be approved by the NCC Board of Directors in winter 2018.