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Rideau Canal Footbridge

I was driving past the intersection of Somerset Street West and Queen Elizabeth Drive here in Ottawa and noticed some piles driven into the west side of the Rideau Canal.

I was curious so I got out of my car and saw more piles being driven in on the other side of the canal. It looks like the multi-million dollar footbridge from Centretown to the University of Ottawa is finally being built.

There's not a lot of room on the west side so the bridge cuts off the existing bike path there. It looks like it will go completely over the bike path on the east side of the canal.

It will be interesting to see how this affects the Centretown neighborhood east of Elgin Street. Right now it's a good walk (especially in the winter before or after the canal is frozen) to the university from Centretown. This bridge makes Centretown easily accessible from the school -- it could very well be the next Sandy Hill as far as students are concerned.

Posted at July 12, 2005 at 08:48 AM EST
Last updated July 12, 2005 at 08:48 AM EST

I live right there (like a block in from where they are building the bridge) and I don't see the point of it. The Laurier bridge is only 2 minutes by foot away from where they are building the new bridge.

» Posted by: Hannes at July 13, 2005 04:37 PM

I wonder how long it takes to walk all the way around from one end of the footbridge, across the Laurier bridge and then to the school OC Transpo bus stop. Ten or fifteen minutes?

I'd be glad to save that every day, which is probably why people risk their lives to cut across the canal before it's completely frozen over. :)

» Posted by: Ryan at July 14, 2005 09:43 AM

Clearly you have never lived in Sandy Hill.

» Posted by: Other James at July 15, 2005 04:35 PM

Actually, I lived there for 5 years.

» Posted by: Ryan at July 19, 2005 07:26 AM

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