The Portage Bridge is a major commuter route over the Ottawa River for interprovincial travel between Ontario and Quebec (Ottawa and Gatineau). On average, the bridge carries approximately 40,000 vehicles a day, with a posted speed of 50 km/h. Over 300,000 cyclists per year use the bridge’s cycling lanes, with the number of cyclists increasing by 4 percent each year.
In order to respect the budgetary envelope for this major rehabilitation project, and minimize the construction impact on traffic, we will implement the project in two stages.
The construction work, which will mostly occur at night and on weekends, will begin on Friday, September 14, and will continue until mid-November 2018.
This construction work is expected to begin in spring 2019, and be completed by the end of summer 2019.
September 13, 2018: Portage Bridge resurfacing work begins tomorrow evening, September 14
During the development of the project plan, we took the opportunity to ask the public, stakeholders and interest groups to provide feedback on proposed options to improve the bridge’s cycle track. The option chosen by the NCC’s Board of Directors in April 2018 is the preferred and recommended option for implementation, according to the results of the public consultation and the expert analysis undertaken in winter 2018.