March 8, 2023
The NCC will begin the second and final phase of its Champlain Bridge rehabilitation project. Work is scheduled to begin on March 20 (weather dependent). To minimize the impact and disruption to active users, public transit and motorists, the bridge will remain open during construction with two lanes of traffic maintained.
The full rehabilitation of the Champlain Bridge includes:
- full and partial removal of asphalt and repaving;
- concrete deck repairs and waterproofing;
- repair and replacement of expansion joints;
- bike lane improvements.
Work is expected to continue until the end of November, at which point the project will be completed, one year ahead of schedule.
Phase 2 – March to November 2023
Two lanes, one in each direction, will remain open at all times. Motorists can expect delays as the open lanes will be narrower, and the maximum speed limit will be reduced to 40 km/h. Road signage will be in place.
Work will impact the flow of cycling traffic in the bike lanes next to the work zones on the bridge. Cyclists are asked to use a temporary bike lane on the bridge during the work. Signage will inform cyclists of the detour to take. Pedestrians will be able to use the bridge’s eastern sidewalk at all times.
The NCC urges motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution, respect working crews and equipment, and obey signage and flag persons on-site.
Improving cycling safety
As part of the rehabilitation work, the NCC will enhance the existing cycle track to a higher level of safety. The bicycle lanes will remain unidirectional at street level, with buffering, curbing, delineators, improved signage and lane markings.
This project is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada’s $52.4-million investment
- The Champlain Bridge was built between 1924 and 1928. In 2002, the bridge was widened, a new deck and beams were added, and the number of lanes was increased from two to three.
- The Champlain Bridge carries approximately 22 percent of all interprovincial motor vehicle traffic and 5 percent of all pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Ottawa River.
- Investing in the National Capital Region’s Infrastructure
- Sustainable Development Strategy, 2018–2023
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