Councillors Announce Opening of Multi-Use Footbridge over the Rideau River

For Immediate Release

13 June 2024

COUNCILLORS ANNOUNCE OPENING OF MULTI-USE FOOTBRIDGE OVER THE RIDEAU RIVER

Councillor Shawn Menard (Capital Ward) and Deputy Mayor and Councillor Riley Brockington (River Ward) are excited to announce the opening of the multi-use footbridge over the Rideau River connecting Carleton University and Vincent Massey Park. The bridge will be opened for public use on Saturday June 15 at 11:00 am.

The 65-metre bridge, completed as part of LRT Stage 2, was lifted into place in 2022 using a 750-tonne crane over two days. It will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists, and will be lit overnight.

The new bridge will enhance connectivity to the Rideau River Eastern Pathway and a host of local amenities, including Vincent Massey Park, the RA Centre, Hog’s Back Falls, the Billing’s Bridge Shopping Centre and Mooney’s Bay. While Bronson and Riverside are also used by pedestrians and cyclists, this bridge will provide a safe, segregated pathway, making it a highly anticipated addition by surrounding communities.

“This is going to be a great new connection for residents,” said Councillor Shawn Menard. “The bridge is going to help more people explore our city. It will open up new destinations to walk and roll to, and it will give people access to skiing and snowshoeing along the river in the winter.”

“This bridge will provide a safe, accessible crossing for pedestrians and cyclists—a critical active transportation link for Capital and River Wards,” added Councillor Brockington. “I am very pleased to see the bridge open, there has been significant public interest for this new crossing.”

An official opening will occur on Saturday June 15 at 11:00 am. Media are invited to attend.

The councillors also invite residents to come out, enjoy the bridge and enjoy better access to great places and amenities in the city.

Click here to download this press release [PDF].

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