Bridges and crossings in the National Capital Region

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

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About the bridges and crossings

The Government of Canada owns the five bridges and crossings that traverse the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for the:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is responsible for the:

Portage Bridge and Champlain Bridge

The crossings are vital links between Ottawa and Gatineau. In 2017, the five crossings carried close to 150,000 vehicles and public transportation and 9,000 pedestrians and cyclists every day.

Keeping bridges safe

PSPC and the NCC are working together to coordinate construction schedules to minimize the disruption of activities for each of their respective bridges.

Inspection regime

PSPC has a rigorous inspection, monitoring and intervention regime to ensure that all its bridges and crossings remain safe at all times for users. PSPC performs routine and scheduled inspections.

This includes:

  • weekly and monthly maintenance inspections
  • general inspections performed by engineers every year
  • comprehensive detailed inspections performed by engineers every four years
  • underwater inspections by PSPC every four years

If an inspection reveals any issues, PSPC takes immediate action to address and solve these matters as quickly as possible, as our top priority is the safety of all commuters.

Coordination of projects

We work in coordination with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, as well as with the provincial governments of Ontario and Quebec. We are constantly exploring new ways to reduce the impact of construction. We are also working together to ensure that all bridges and crossings are not closed at the same time.

Lane closures

Due to ongoing maintenance and repair projects, we sometimes need to close lanes on the bridges and crossings.

Visit lane reductions and closures on interprovincial bridges in the National Capital Region to plan your travel.

Maintaining bridges

Budget 2019 announced $80.4 million over 10 years to repair and maintain the:

Study for a new additional crossing in the National Capital Region

In 2013, the NCC did technical studies about a possible new crossing in the National Capital Region (NCR). As mandated in the 2019 federal budget, we are refreshing the technical studies previously undertaken by the NCC. These refreshed studies will address new information, including:

The purpose of refreshing the studies was to examine changes that could impact the findings from the 2013 study.

The refreshed studies will be used to inform the government as it considers any project to build an additional crossing in the NCR.

We continue to build upon the work the NCC began. Following Budget 2021, we created a dedicated project office at PSPC in fall 2021. The project office is responsible for work concerning an additional crossing in the NCR. The project office will continue to grow as the project progresses. The work is being done jointly with the NCC.

The project office is continuing to refresh information, collect data and prepare a business case. The project office will leverage the results of the Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossings Plan, completed in January 2022, and the Origin-Destination Survey, due to be completed in spring 2023.

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