Traffic Advisory - Portage Bridge resurfacing work begins tomorrow evening, September 14

Canada’s Capital Region—On the evening of Friday, September 14, at 6 pm, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will begin the first phase of major work to rehabilitate the asphalt surface of the Portage Bridge.

One lane of the Portage Bridge will remain open in each direction at all times during the work.

Construction work will be undertaken primarily during off-peak traffic hours, evenings and nights, between 6 pm and 6 am, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours a day on weekends, until mid-November 2018.

The bridge’s west sidewalk will be closed at various times while the work is being carried out. During these closures, pedestrians will be detoured to the bridge’s east sidewalk, which will remain open at all times during the work.

Cyclists will be able to continue using the bridge’s bidirectional cycle track at all times.

The NCC urges motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution, respect work crews and equipment, and obey signage and flag persons on-site.

The construction includes milling of the bridge’s asphalt surface, removal of the concrete apron (gutters), miscellaneous waterproofing and concrete deck repairs, expansion joint repairs, and repaving.


Work over the September 15–16 weekend will involve the milling of five of the bridge’s asphalt lanes (three southbound toward Ottawa and two northbound toward Gatineau). One lane in each direction will remain open during the work, which should be completed by the morning of Monday, September 17, at 6 am, depending on the speed of the work activities.

The majority of the bridge’s milled surfaces will remain in rough condition for approximately eight weeks until repaving is done in early November 2018. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when travelling on these rough surfaces.

These temporary conditions will allow the work crews to identify and undertake all repairs as needed on the bridge throughout the project.

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