Work has been underway at Mud Lake since Monday, August 14 and will be ongoing until December 2023 as part of the Mud Lake trail rehabilitation and pedestrian bridge replacement project.
Western Mud Lake trails
The trails on the west side of Mud Lake from Cassels Street to the location of the pedestrian bridge will be closed until December 2023. This closure will allow for the improvement of trail surfaces and improve accessibility. This closure will also ensure access space for equipment needed to rebuild the lookout.
The pedestrian bridge at Mud Lake will be closed to the public until spring 2024, as part of the Mud Lake bridge replacement project. This closure will allow replacement of the existing pedestrian bridge with a new design that is universally accessible and more resilient to flooding.
Tree removal will be necessary in the immediate vicinity of the new bridge location to accommodate construction. This will be done selectively in order to remove only what is absolutely necessary. Compensatory tree planting will take place during the trail rehabilitation, after a thorough review by our forestry team.
Cut wood and debris will be dispersed in suitable areas amongst the existing vegetation. Following our biologists’ recommendations, small trees that are close to the water will simply be pushed over into Mud Lake to support the habitat.
Ottawa River Pathway
The paved, multi-use pathway (the Ottawa River Pathway) on the east side of Mud Lake will remain open during construction, except for occasional temporary closures for the delivery of materials. These closures will be guided by flag operators as needed. A weeklong closure of this segment of the multi-use pathway is expected to be required in late September, with dates to be confirmed. During the closure, a signed detour will be provided for pathway users. More details to come.
Please exercise caution, respect working crews and equipment, and obey on-site signage.
There will be further closures on the east side of the area in the coming weeks. More details to come.