News Release

August 12, 2022

National Capital Region — The National Capital Commission (NCC) is moving forward with the rehabilitation of the Champlain Bridge next week. This work is required to rehabilitate the structure and asphalt to ensure safety and long-term durability.

To minimize the impact and disruption to active users and motorists, the bridge will remain open during construction with two lanes of traffic maintained. The work will proceed in phases and is scheduled to be completed in 2024. It will include:

  • full and partial removal of asphalt and repaving;
  • concrete deck repairs and waterproofing;
  • repair and replacement of expansion joints;
  • bike lane improvements.

Phase 1 – August 16 to November 2022

There will be a full closure of the bridge overnight on August 16, 17 and 18, from 10 pm to 5 am, for equipment installation.

Starting August 17, 2022 at 6 am, a single lane closure will occur during the first phase of rehabilitation work. The other 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 and flag persons will direct traffic.

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.

The second phase of construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2023 and continue until fall 2023. The last phase is scheduled from spring to fall 2024.

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.

Quick Facts

  • The Champlain Bridge was built between 1924 and 1928. In 2002, the bridge was widened, a new deck and beams were built, 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 across the Ottawa River.


Media Information

Mario Tremblay
NCC Media Relations

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