Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing – Canadian Institute of Planners – Award of Merit, Sustainable Mobility, Transportation & Infrastructure

This multi-use bridge provides an important active transportation connection and reduces automobile commuting volume along the important 2-km stretch of the Rideau Canal between the Bank Street and Pretoria Bridges.

Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing Receives CIP Award of Merit for Planning Excellence

MMM Group’s Rideau Canal Multi-use Crossing recently received the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Award of Merit for Planning Excellence at the organization’s annual awards ceremony. This multi-use bridge provides an important active transportation connection and reduces automobile commuting volume along the important 2-km stretch of the Rideau Canal between the Bank Street and Pretoria Bridges.

The City of Ottawa’s goal for the bridge was to provide a critical functional connection, create a gathering place for all seasons, minimize visual impacts on adjacent properties, and introduce a contemporary landmark into the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage landscape.

MMM provided Environmental Assessment, Functional Design, Planning, and Public Consultation services for this $17.5-million project. Specific planning services performed included public engagement through traditional and online media tools, transportation demand analysis, site selection, and an environmental impact assessment of social, cultural, and heritage features. Due to the complex nature and geometry of the proposed crossing, a more detailed structural analysis was necessary than would normally be conducted at a functional / preliminary design stage. A detailed three-dimensional model was created to evaluate structural efficiency and performance under various load combinations. A construction staging scenario was elaborated to allow fabrication, transportation and subsequent erection of the steel superstructure without significantly impacting Canal operations. Municipal engineering services involved integration of the bridge into the existing transportation network through intersection design and roadway modifications.

The project, which began in 2011, previously won the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence.